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I cannon seem to make any changes in alacarte

asked 2015-08-27 01:00:15 -0500

mgvat gravatar image

I want to be able to start chrome in incognito so I installed alacarte. In alacarte I do not have the ability to make changes. Notice how the "ok" is grayed out

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answered 2015-08-27 06:28:53 -0500

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Alacarte knows to be silly sometimes, especially if you typed something after the /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable in the command field. I would suggest creating shortcut without any additional switches and then editing it "by hand".

File should be located in ~/.local/share/applications/something.desktop. Open up that file with your favorite text editor and edit line that begins with:


Hope that helps. Cheers!

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I see:






How can I tell which one I want?

mgvat gravatar imagemgvat ( 2015-08-27 13:27:18 -0500 )edit

I'm afraid you'll need open up one by one then and see by its contents. :-/

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-08-27 15:22:20 -0500 )edit

they are youtube, gmail, docs,, etc

mgvat gravatar imagemgvat ( 2015-08-28 07:08:52 -0500 )edit

Oh sorry, apparently I misunderstood your question again. So you basically want to change chrome launcher to automatically start in incognito mode and not have separate icon/launcher/shortcut for that.

To do that you'll need to edit file in /usr/share/applications and for that you'll need root rights:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop

Find the line containing:

Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable %U

and replace it with:

Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable --incognito %U
masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-08-28 08:41:14 -0500 )edit

BTW, my first answer was made on the assumption that you created additional shortcut via Alacarte for Google Chrome but you can't add switch to start it in incognito mode.

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-08-28 08:44:18 -0500 )edit

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