How to Create Profiles in Google Chrome


Google Chrome allows users to create multiple user accounts but if you want to keep your web history and passwords hidden from other Chrome users, you need to create a separate profile as explained below.

1: Launch Google Chrome and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Del to clear your entire web browsing history.

2: Open Windows Explorer and switch to Chrome’s User Data folder available at:

chrome-profile3: While inside Windows Explorer, select the subfolder called “default” and make a copy of that folder inside the same “User Data” folder of Chrome. Rename that new folder copy to, say, Your_Name as shown in the screenshot.

For Windows 7 and Windows Vista 
C:Users<username>AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Data 

For Windows XP 
C:Documents and Settings<username>Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser Data

4: We will now reset this new “Your_Name” profile in Chrome to the factory defaults. Open “Command Prompt”, use the “cd” command to switch to the Chrome Application folder (where Chrome is installed) and run the following command:

chrome.exe --user-data-dir="..User DataYour_Name" -first-run

5: Your new user profile in Chrome is ready for use. To run Google Chrome using this profile instead of the default profile, let’s create a shortcut. Right click anywhere on the desktop, choose New -> Shortcut and type the following in the location box:

For Windows 7 and Vista:
C:Users<user>AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe --user-data-dir="..User DataYour_Name"

For Windows XP:
C:Documents and Settings<user>Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe --user-data-dir="..User DataYour_Name"

Author: Jas Dhaliwal

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