In a previous post I wrote about the advantages of portable software. Today I want to focus in on portable browsers.
Everybody uses at least one or two browsers regularly. In a few years a lot of bookmarks, customized settings, add-ons, add-on settings, etc. get collected to create a very personal browsing experience.
Browser Data Portability
When you buy a new computer or laptop, you have to transport or rebuild this mountain of data somehow. It is a serious task. And a complete waste of time, too.
Using portable versions of your favorite browsers is a much better idea.
Transporting a portable browser with all its settings, bookmarks, and add-ons included is as simple as copying a folder from your hard drive to a USB stick or an SD card.
Then you simply copy your portable folders to your new computer and you are done. Transporting your personalized browsing experience takes only a few minutes and works like a charm.
There’s one slight difference, however, regarding the portable versions of browsers.
When you right-click on a non-portable browser’s icon, you are served with a context menu, where you can decide whether to start your browser in normal mode or private/incognito mode.
This option is gone when you use the portable versions of your browsers.
To get around this issue, you need to create a new shortcut for your portable browser’s executable file.
For example, I have Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition by PortableApps.com.
FirefoxPortable.exe and selected
This action created a new shortcut to the mentioned executable file.
In the shortcut’s
-private after the target executable’s location.
So the whole target then looked like this:
"C:\Portable\Mozilla Firefox\FirefoxPortable.exe" -private
After saving this change and then double-clicking on the shortcut, Firefox started up in private browsing mode.
A very similar tweak can be used to make all major browsers start in private or incognito mode.
For Google Chrome, add
-incognito after the target’s location, such as this:
"C:\Portable\Google Chrome\GoogleChromePortable.exe" -incognito
For Opera, add
-newprivatetab after the target’s location, such as this:
For Internet Explorer, add
-private after the target’s location, such as this:
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -private
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