Google Chrome is the most popular browser for the Windows Operating system. We can start the Chrome browser using the command line interface or command prompt or MS-DOS or PowerShell in Windows. In this tutorial, we examine how to start Google Chrome via different command line interfaces in Windows, especially in Windows 10 operating system.
Open Google Chrome Using Windows Command Line
Windows provides different command line interfaces like MS-DOS (Command Prompt) or PowerShell. We can use all of them to start Google Chrome via the command line interface. First, we should open the related command line interface. In the following example, we open the MS-DOS which is also known as Command Prompt. Click on the Start Menu like below.
command prompt which lists the Command Prompt or MS-DOS.
Then in the command prompt type and run the following command.
> start chrome
Start Chrome with Administrator Privileges
We can start Chrome with Administrator privileges. We should use the
runas command and provide required parameters like
Run 32-Bit Chrome on 64-Bit Windows:
> runas /user:administrator "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe"
Run 64-Bit Chrome on 64-Bit Windows:
> runas /user:administrator "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe"
Trying to run Chrome as Administrator requires the Administrator user password which is prompted like below.
Start Chrome Incognito Mode
Google Chrome provides the incognito mode to protect user privacy. The incognito mode creates a temporary session which is deleted after the incognito mode ends and this mode data is isolated from the current user data. We should provide the
/incognito option to the command line.
> start chrome /incognito
Start Chrome with the Specified URL
We can also open an URL during the start of the Chrome via command line interface. The URL is provided as a parameter after the chrome command. In the following example, we open “https://www.windowstect.com”.
> start chrome https://www.windowstect.com
Open New Chrome Window
If there is an already opened Chrome we should open a new chrome window. The
--new-window can be used to open new chrome windows like below.
> start chrome --new-window