How to launch Google Chrome without extensions on Windows


If you need to troubleshoot Google Chrome or just want a leaner, faster experience, it can be helpful to temporarily run the browser with all your extensions disabled. There is an easy way to do this in Windows 10 or Windows 11, but it’s not obvious. We’ll show you how.

First, you need to create a desktop shortcut for the Chrome application. The following instructions are the same for Windows 10 and Windows 11. To get started, right-click an empty spot on your desktop and select New > Shortcut.

In the “Create Shortcut” dialog box, click “Browse”. When the “Browse for Files or Folders” window opens, navigate to the location where you installed Google Chrome by clicking the arrows next to each subfolder as you open them.

Chrome is usually installed under C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application. (If it’s not in “Program Files”, try “Program Files (x86)” on your C: drive as well.)

When you see chrome.exe, select it and click “OK”.

In the “Create Shortcut” window, go back to the text input box labeled “Type the location of the item”, which should already be filled with a path similar to “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application \chrome.exe”.

Click on the text entry box just after the last quote to place a blinking cursor there.

In that text box, press the spacebar once and then type the following text:

–disable-extensions

When you’re done, the entire contents of the text box should look like this, although your exact path may be different):

“C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –disable-extensions

Click ‘next’ to continue.

On the next page, use the text box to name the shortcut “Chrome (extensions disabled)” or something memorable that reminds you that this is a special shortcut. Then click on “Finish”.

Your new “Chrome (extensions disabled)” shortcut will appear on your desktop. You can also move this desktop to other locations on your PC (but unfortunately you can’t drag it to the Start menu or taskbar in Windows 11).

To use it, double click on the shortcut and Chrome will open with no extensions loaded. If you have a lot of extensions installed, you may notice that the browser loads faster and feels faster without them. Pretty nice!

To use Chrome again with extensions enabled, close Chrome completely and launch the browser using your usual method, such as a pinned icon to your taskbar or from the Start menu.

Have fun browsing!

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