Manage Multiple Accounts with Browser Profiles

A small note for anyone who needs to hear it:
If you regularly switch between accounts on the same online services, consider using different browser profiles for your desktop.

Each browser profile will save your cookies and login details separately. This will reduce the hassle of having to regularly sign out of account A to login to account B, or opening an incognito browser and manually re-signing into account B every time you need to do something there.

Some Use Cases:

  • Switching between Microsoft accounts in different Tenants
  • Switching between a standard D365 account and a test user account.
  • Switching between multiple Gmail accounts.
  • Switching between your Insta and Finsta accounts.
  • Switching from your Twitter main to your burner account to dunk on people who think that Kevin Durant is not as great at basketball as Steph Curry (@KDTrey5 – HMU!)

How To Create Browser Profiles

The process is roughly the same in Edge or Chrome. Click on the circle in the upper right, you can then toggle between existing profiles or create a new profile.

Personalize your Profiles

In your browser settings (click here for Chrome browser settings | click here for Edge browser settings) you can choose unique icons to distinguish your profiles. You can also adjust the appearance (the color of the browser border) to help you easily recognize which browser profile you are using.

Update Profile Icon in Edge
Update Profile Appearance in Edge

Pin Browser Profile to Taskbar

This is my favorite feature of using browser profiles. If you have browser windows open for two different profiles, you will notice that there will be two different browser icons in your. Right-click on a particular browser icon and you can pin that browser profile to your taskbar.

Now, the next time you want to work under that profile, you can get there directly from the taskbar icon.

Pin Browser Profile to Taskbar.

Additional Resources

Chrome Tip – Search Open Tabs

Do you compulsively open new tabs, then leave them open forever because “you might need that later”? Is the top of your browser just a bunch of tiny icons without any context? This shortcut might be for you.

CTRL+Shift+A in Chrome allows you to search your open browser tabs. Recently closed tabs are also visible at the bottom of the list.

Use CTRL+Shift+A to search open tabs

This is probably also a good time to mention that CTRL+W can be used to close your tabs, and CTRL+Shift+T can be used to reopen the most recently closed tab.

And my favorite Chrome shortcut, CTRL+F can be used to search for a term on a webpage, while CRTRL+Enter can be used to click on the found text if it is a hyperlink (this is especially helpful if you are using cloud software like Dynamics 365).


Fun fact: the upper limit on open chrome tabs is around 10,000 tabs.