This article contains instructions on how you can turn off Chrome's Incognito mode in Windows. You might want to do this to prevent users from circumventing Filtering, Monitoring and Classroom Management solutions.
DISCLAIMER: These instructions are only for the purpose of guidance. They are NOT instructions how to use Windows software and should not be used as such.
Local / Non-Domain Machines
- Open the Registry Editor by pressing Windows Key + R and typing regedit.
- Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Google > Chrome.
Note: If Google > Chrome doesn't exist, you will need to create the registry tree.
- Right-click the Chrome folder, point to New and click DWORD 32-bit Value and type IngognitoModeAvailability. Double-click the new value and within Value data, type 1.
- Restart the computer for the change to take effect. Incognito mode will no longer be available in Chrome.
- Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc).
- Create a new GPO or edit an existing one and assign it to the appropriate Organisational Unit. Right-click the GPO to Edit it.
- Expand GPO Computer (or User) Configuration > Preferences >Windows Settings > Registry in the context menu. Select New > Registry Item.
- Configure the Registry Properties as follows:
- Action: Create
- Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
- Key Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
- Value name: IngognitoModeAvailability
- Value type: REG_DWORD
- Value data: 1
- Base: Hexadecimal
- Click Apply and OK.