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Tech Tip: Multiple Chrome 'Personas'

Here's a handy browser trick: do you juggle multiple user accounts and logins for the same web services (like Google, Twitter, and Facebook), due to school and work obligations?  Does your browser get really jumbled as a result?     Chrome allows you to create multiple 'users' so that you can be logged into separate accounts at the same time. Here's an example of how it works:

Multiple Browsers

  • Work:  Gmail, Sunrise Calendar, Twitter, Asana
  • Personal:  Gmail, Twitter, Facebook
  • Grad School:   BB9, Zoom, Twitter, Facebook, Google Scholar, databases
  • Clean:   No bookmarks or sites - just used for screen-capture training sessions.

By pinning each of these browsers to the Start taskbar, it's easy to jump from one persona to the other. Very helpful, especially if you teach online, and don't want your students to be distracted by all your bookmarks (and your Gmail icon saying you have 1,900 unread e-mails!).  

My personas, all with different colors

How to do it:

1. Go to the Edit menu the top right of the Chrome browser (looks like 3 stacked horizontal lines) and select "Settings".

2. In the Settings page, scroll down to People and select "Add Person".  

3. Pick an Icon and name for this person, and select "Add Shortcut to Desktop" if available. 

4.At the top of your browser, you should see your new on this to switch between your various users. 

Toggle Bar

I've found this cool Chrome feature to be a huge time and sanity saver.   Have you already started using it?    What have you found most helpful about it?  Let us all know in the discussion below!

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