How-To: Create a Desktop Shortcut for Google Chrome Safe Mode | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

Now, let me just start by saying that…

Google Chrome Incognito Mode and Google Chrome Safe Mode are two different things as far as safety, security, and CPU usage are concerned.

Google Chrome Incognito Mode is all about private browsing, security and protecting your data. Any sites that you visit, and files that you download while in incognito mode are not recorded in Chrome’s browsing or download history. And all cookies that were added, are deleted as soon as you close the browser window.

Google Chrome Safe Mode is all about temporarily disabling all of the Extensions you’ve added from the Google Chrome Store. Firefox, and even old ( insert curse word here ) Internet Explorer have Safe Mode. I’m not quite sure why Google Chrome doesn’t.

When we’re streaming movies from my laptop to the flat screen using the HDMI port, it can sometimes be frustrating when I know that the experience could be so much smoother and faster if I could just disable all of the extensions that I’ve downloaded by simply opening a different instance of  Google Chrome. The normal process of disabling extensions is irritating because I have quite a few installed, and disabling and enabling them can be quite tedious. After searching, I realized that the Google Chrome installer does not unpack a shortcut for Google Chrome Safe Mode, and that someone had created an extension – to disable extensions – one by one even. ( side eye )

Sorry, but we shouldn’t have to do all of that. Firefox gets the edge on that one.

So I followed some old support threads and created one myself.

All you need to do is:

  1.  Create a Google Chrome Shortcut on your desktop by right clicking on the current Google Chrome icon.
  2. Once you’ve “Sent it to Desktop (Shortcut), right click on the newly created icon and select “Properties”.
  3. In the “Target” field, place your cursor at the end and add the following:

Disable Extensions in Google Chrome


However, if you got to this post while trying to find Incognito Mode, here’s some information on the Google Support site.

The code to create a shortcut with Google Chrome Incognito mode is actually quite similar to the one I posted above for Google Chrome Safe Mode Shortcut. However, instead of “disable-extensions”, you would type “incognito” after the program location.

Incognito Mode Shortcut for Google Chrome


Hope this helps someone else.
It’s definitely made my music and video streaming much faster, and my working in Adobe Photoshop less of a time suck.

How-To: Windows 7 Shortcuts | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

I don’t hate Windows 7 as much as I hated MoJo-JoJo (read: Windows Vista).

So I had to learn the shortcuts. They just make life easier.

CTRL + SHIFT + N is my favorite. It creates new folders. lol.


Window Management Shortcuts

The full list of keyboard shortcuts includes:

  • Win+Home: Clear all but the active window.
  • Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop.
  • Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.
  • Shift+Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically.
  • Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it’s maximized.
  • Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.
  • Shift+Win+Left/Right arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.

You can also interact with windows by dragging them with the mouse:

  • Drag window to the top: Maximize
  • Drag window left/right: Dock the window to fill half of the screen.
  • Shake window back/forth: Minimize everything but the current window.
  • Double-Click Top Window Border (edge): Maximize window vertically.

Taskbar Shortcuts

You can use any of these shortcut combinations to launch the applications in their respective position on the taskbar, or more:

  • Win+number (1-9): Starts the application pinned to the taskbar in that position, or switches to that program.
  • Shift+Win+number (1-9): Starts a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
  • Ctrl+Win+number (1-9): Cycles through open windows for the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
  • Alt+Win+number (1-9): Opens the Jump List for the application pinned to the taskbar.
  • Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.
  • Win+B: Focuses the System Tray icons

In addition, you can interact with the taskbar using your mouse and a modifier key:

  • Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program as an administrator.
  • Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button: Show the window menu for the program (like XP does).
  • Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button: Show the window menu for the group.
  • Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button: Cycle through the windows of the group

Extra Shortcuts

Here’s a few more interesting hotkeys for you:

  • Ctrl+Shift+N: Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer.
  • Alt+Up: Goes up a folder level in Windows Explorer.
  • Alt+P: Toggles the preview pane in Windows Explorer.
  • Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds Copy as Path, which copies the path of a file to the clipboard.
  • Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds extra hidden items to the Send To menu.
  • Shift+Right-Click on a folder: Adds Command Prompt Here, which lets you easily open a command prompt in that folder.
  • Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display.
  • Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out.

I am NOT my PC. I’m nicer. | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

Windows 7 Ultimate - Reinstall
· Thursday, February 4th, 2010 in Girl Geek · 2 Comments

I am NOT my PC. I’m nicer…because my PC was on that BULLSkee this week.

On Tuesday, it decided to FAIL when I uninstalled iTunes.

I had to uninstall iTunes because it was not sending my Nike+ iPod information to


Anyways, Wednesday rolled around and then my laptop decided to not boot up AT ALL. *eye roll*

So I spent a good majority of Wednesday trying to re-load Windows 7.

However, this time, I installed Windows 7 Ultimate. And THIS time, I actually hacked it to disable the Activation Check.
Luckily, I was able to backup all of my files while it was doing what it was doing, and I spent a few hours deleting the stuff in windows.old/ directory because not all of it had the Courtney permissions. *Damn you, TrustedInstaller*…

But … all seems to be better…

Now…lemme go find some wood to knock on.

x0x0, Boon