Chrome Tips: Multiple Accounts

Multiple Accounts in Chrome

I have several gmail accounts. I use one for book-related things, another for day-job stuff, and so on. Having separate accounts for separate concerns makes things much simpler. And Chrome makes it easy to keep those accounts distinct and switch between them. It’s also useful if you share a machine between several people.


The account you’re currently signed in as shows up on a button at the top right of the window, next to the minimise-maximise-exit buttons. (Want to change the name on the tab? Hamburger button, Settings. Scroll down to People. Select the current one, click the Edit button below. You can edit the name in the box that comes up.)

To add a new account, click that button at top right, then Switch person. Dialog opens. At the bottom you’ll see the option to Add person. Click it, and a fresh Chrome window appears. Now you can click the gmail link and create a new account, or sign in to an existing account. Or you can not sign in if you don’t want to.

Now, switching between accounts is easy. Right click your name button, and you’ll get a list of the people Chrome knows about on that machine. Or left click and click Switch person, and you’ll see the same people in a dialog box, and you can click the one you want. In both cases a new window opens connected to that person’s account. (The original window doesn’t go away, by the way.)

To remove someone from the machine, left click the name and choose Switch person. Mouse over the person you want to remove, and a drop-down arrow appears at the top right of their picture. Click that arrow and you’ll have the option to remove that person’s information from the machine completely.

Until next time . . .

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