How & Why To Create User Profiles for Google Chrome

Google’s Chrome is my browser of choice for many reasons. One of which is the ability to sign in with your Google account and sync your history, bookmarks, apps, and extensions across multiple PCs. Think of adding new plug-in at work and when you get home it’s automatically there. Signing into Chrome also automatically signs you in to Google services like Gmail, Drive, and Google+.

Another nice Chrome feature for home is support for multiple profiles. This is a great way for multiple people to use the same browser without having to constantly wade through someone else’s bookmarks and always logging in and out of the right accounts, etc. In addition to your profile, you can add one for your spouse and others for your kids, etc. so everyone can have their own stuff separate from each other. (Which is good for everyone right?)

Here’s how to make it all happen:

Creating a new Chrome user profile

From the Chrome menu, select the Settings option and find the “Users” section then click Add person…


In the next window that appears, pick an icon and name for your profile, decide whether you want to create a desktop shortcut icon for the profile, and click the “Create” button. Bingo! You’ve just created a new Chrome user profile.

Switching between profiles

To switch between users, just click the user name button that is up in the upper right corner of the browser window and choose to Switch person.



Now you can pick the user profile you want to use and a new window will open for that user profile.


If you prefer, you can use the customized desktop shortcuts Chrome offers to make you creating a profile to open the browser as a particular user.

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