Recommended: Change the Google Chrome theme in one instance of the browser to look very different from the other so you can easily tell them apart.
- Create a new folder somewhere to store Google Chrome information for each profile. For example, you can create a folder in your C: directory or another folder, named "chromework" so it will appear as c:\chromework, if in the C: directory. This folder can be anywhere, but in this example, we created the folder in the C: directory.
- Make a copy of your shortcut for Google Chrome by right-clicking the Google Chrome desktop icon and selecting 'Copy' from the drop-down that appears. Then, right-click your desktop and click Paste from the drop-down menu. Give the copy a separate name (e.g. "Google Chrome Work" or something similar to give you an idea of what browser to use for what purpose).
- Right-click the new shortcut and select Properties.
- In the Target field, append "--user-data-dir=[your new directory]" so that the contents of the field reads something like: C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --user-data-dir=c:\chromework. Be sure to include a space between chrome.exe" and --user-data-dir
- Repeat steps 1-4 for any other profile you'd like to create. Each profile launches a separate instance of Google Chrome.