In an earlier GT article on using Google Chrome’s incognito mode, I noted that extensions are disabled when this mode is active. This is still the default case, but with the newest version of Chrome (v. 5.0.375, released June 8th ,2010) it is now possible to go and manually re-enable them to work in incognito mode.
How to enable extensions in incognito mode:
- Choose the “Extensions” option from the “Customize and control Google Chrome ” drop down menu that is accessed by clicking the small wrench icon in the upper right of the webpage.
- On the Extensions page, check the box next to the “Allow this extension to run in incognito” for the extension you wish to enable in incognito mode.
- When the warning pops up, click the “Allow” button. Now the extension will function in incognito mode. (Example with Chromey Calculator extension shown below).
- This process is reversed by un-checking the same box.
Keep in mind than in order to run properly, some extensions must save data that would otherwise be not saved when browsing in incognito mode. Whether that data is of a nature that you would not have saved depends on the type of data, the extension, and your browsing actions.
What Chrome extensions would you use in incognito mode? Are you concerned that sensitive material would be saved? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.