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How to set up a Chrome shortcut to open a specific link in Incognito mode - WKB237966

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Set up a Chrome shortcut to open a specific link in Incognito mode.

Some third-party applications used with waters_connect via the API must be opened in a Chrome browser window in Incognito mode (see waters_connect release notes, concession INFPLT-37076). However, waters_connect does not support Incognito mode, and Chrome must be set to not use Incognito mode on waters_connect PCs. To allow the third-party app to use Chrome in Incognito mode you must set up a shortcut on the desktop/toolbar that opens a specific Chrome browser window for that app in Incognito mode. Instructions for doing this are shown below.


  • waters_connect
  • Web browser based third-party applications that use the waters_connect API to access data in the waters_connect database


  1. Open a text editor such as Notepad.

  2. Identify the Chrome.exe file location (e.g., C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe).

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  1. Copy the location of the Chrome executable from the Windows Explorer path bar into the text editor (e.g., C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe).

  2. In the text editor add -incognito to the end of the file path (e.g., C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe -incognito).

  3. Open the third-party app in Chrome.

  4. From the Chrome address bar, copy the address of the third-party app (e.g., https://<IP address>:myapp), where myapp is the third-party application and <IP address> is either (if the app is on the same workstation as waters_connect) or the fully qualified domain name of the PC on which the app is installed.

  5. Paste that IP address into the text browser after “-incognito”. You should now have a text file that looks something like this:

  6. Go to the PC desktop, right-click, and select New > shortcut.

  7. Paste the text from the text editor into the “Type the location of the item” field and press Next. The example below shows the file path to open in an Incognito mode Chrome window.

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  1. Give your shortcut a name (this will likely be the name of the third-party app).

  2. Double-click on the new shortcut on your desktop to verify that it opens the app. 

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