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How to use separate profiles in Chrome

If you have started to love Google Chrome and have made it the default browser on your computer, here’s a useful tip regarding your privacy. The tip is more relevant for people who have computers in the living room and that same machine is shared among all other family members. If more than one person on your system is switching to Chrome, and you don’t feel like staying in Incognito Mode all the time, creating a new profile in Chrome requires manually creating a folder in Chrome’s application data folder, but that’s all there is to it.

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Here you have a tutorial on how to create separate profiles for Google Chrome.

  • Open Chrome installation folder at:
    C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome (for Windows Vista)
    C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome (for Windows XP)
  • Go to User Data folder available inside Chrome installation folder.
  • Create a copy of the “default” folder in the “User Data” folder itself. Give that copy a name.
  • To run Google Chrome using this profile instead of the default profile, create a shortcut on your desktop by right-clicking on desktop, choose New -> Shortcut and enter location:
    C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..\User Data\Your_Name” (for Windows Vista)
    C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..\User Data\Your_Name” (for Windows XP)

To prevent yourself from getting into this ‘not so comfortable’ situation, what you can do is create a separate user profile in Google Chrome. Thus all your browser history, bookmarks, cookies, search terms, etc. are not shared with anyone else in the family.

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