Key Takeaways

Launch Command Prompt, then enter “start chrome” into the window to open Google Chrome. You can also run “start chrome /incognito” to open Chrome to an incognito tab instead, or run “start chrome example.com” to open Chrome to a specific website, replacing “example.com” with the address of the website or web page you want to open.

You can do almost anything from the Command Prompt on Windows 10—even open the Google Chrome web browser. You can also open Chrome in incognito mode or jump straight to a website. Here’s how it’s done.

Open Chrome Using Command Prompt

First, open the Command Prompt by typing “command” in the Windows 10 search bar and then selecting “Command Prompt” from the search results.

Launching the Command Prompt.

In Command Prompt, run the following command:

start chrome
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Chrome will now open. You can also do the same thing from the “Run” window.

Open Run by typing “Run” in the Windows 10 search bar and selecting the “Run” application. You can also press Windows+R to open a Run window.

Search

Here, type Chrome and then select the “OK” button.

Open the Run window, then enter

The web browser will now open.

Open Chrome as Administrator

You can also open Chrome as an admin. You’ll need to use the runas command to achieve the aforementioned. Run the following command in the Command Prompt:

runas /user:administrator "C:Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplicationChrome.exe"

You’ll then be asked to enter your computer’s admin password. Type the password and press the Enter key to proceed.

Launching Chrome as an admin.

You’ll now be running Chrome as an administrator.

Open Chrome in Incognito Mode

To open Chrome in incognito mode from the Command Prompt, run the following command:

Start chrome /incognito

Start Google Chrome with the /incognito flag.

To do this from the Run program, enter this command instead:

chrome /incognito

Starting Chrome in incognito mode from a Run window.

Chrome will now open in incognito mode.

Open Chrome Straight to a Specific Website

If you want to save yourself a step and open a specific website in Chrome from the Command Prompt, you can do so by running this command:

start chrome www.<websiteURL>.comSo, if you wanted to go straight to How-To Geek, you’d run this command:

start chrome www.howtogeek.com

Opening Chrome to howtogeek.com

If you have multiple profiles on Google Chrome, opening Chrome in this way to a specific website will automatically launch into the most recently used profile.

Or, you can go to a specific website in incognito mode by appending the /incognito command. For example:

start chrome /incognito www.howtogeek.com

Combining incognito with a specific website.

You can achieve the same goal using Run by using this command:

chrome www.howtogeek.com

Opening Chrome to a specific website using a Run window.

Or, to open the site in incognito mode, use:

chrome /incognito www.howtogeek.com

Opening Chrome to a specific website in incognito mode using a Run box.

In general, you can combine most of the arguments you can pass to Chrome in the Command Prompt. You’re not just limited to the incognito flag or a specific website.