How to Turn Off Search History in Google Chrome

By Aaron Wein

Google Chrome is a free Web-browsing program developed by Google with numerous browsing features such as free language translation, increased crash stability and themes. Another new feature is Incognito Mode, which opens a new browsing window that turns off search history. Not only that, it deletes all of the cookies after you've closed the window. This feature is useful when you'd like privacy on your computer and don't want others to see what you have been browsing. Going into Incognito Mode is easy, taking just a few seconds.

Turn Off Search History on a PC

Step 1

Open a Google Chrome browsing window.

Step 2

Click the "Wrench" icon in the top right corner of the window. This will open a drop-down menu.

Step 3

Select "New Incognito Window" from the menu list. A new Window with the search history turned off will pop up. You can also simply press CTRL+Shift+N on your keyboard to open a new Incognito window.

Turn Off Search History on a Mac

Step 1

Open a Google Chrome browsing window.

Step 2

Press the "File" drop-down menu in the top left corner of your screen. This displays a menu list.

Step 3

Select "New Incognito Window" from the menu list. A new Window with the search history turned off will pop up. You can also simply press command+Shift+N on your keyboard to open a new Incognito window.

Tips & Warnings

  • You know you are browsing in Incognito Mode when a spy icon appears on the browsing window.

References & Resources