How to Go to Safe Mode at Google Chrome

by Melissa King Images

If Google Chrome regularly crashes or stops working properly, you may need to start the browser in Incognito mode. Chrome offers this mode to protect your privacy when you browse the Web, but it's also useful for troubleshooting purposes. Incognito mode disables extensions, which are small add-on files that can cause problems if they're corrupt or incompatible with your version of Chrome. In this mode, Chrome will also delete your cookies, searches and viewed websites at the end of your browsing session.

Step 1

Launch the Google Chrome browser.

Step 2

Click the "Menu" icon in the toolbar.

Click "New Incognito Window" to open Chrome in Incognito mode with your extensions disabled. Chrome continues to run normally in the first window.


  • You can enable your extensions in Incognito mode by clicking the "Menu" button in the top-right corner of the window, and then selecting "Tools" and "Extensions." Click the "Allow in Incognito" box for each extension that you want to run. This is useful for testing extensions if you think one is causing errors in Chrome.
  • Press "Ctrl-Shift-N" to quickly open Chrome in Incognito mode.


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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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