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How to Create and Use Many Profiles on Microsoft Edge Like a Pro

How to Create and Use Many Profiles on Microsoft Edge Like a Pro

Microsoft’s shift towards the Chromium engine for its Edge browser has significantly changed things for the better. In addition to improved performance and support for many extensions, this extension also comes with unique features such as Billing and Tracking Prevention that make it stand out from the Chromium crowd. Microsoft Edge even adds a new dimension to your browsing by creating and using multiple profiles.

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The new Microsoft Edge Chromium web browser allows you to conveniently manage multiple user profiles. It also allows you to easily switch between profiles, and provides the ability to set default profiles to prevent confusion if you wish. If you have a work account, you can also automatically configure your browser to change profiles based on content type.

Here’s what you need to know about creating and using multiple profiles on Microsoft Edge Chromium on PCs and Macs.
Create a New Profile

Microsoft Edge Chromium should automatically create a new profile the first time you use it. And in the meantime, you might be signing in with a Microsoft Account to synchronize your browsing data. But you don’t have to be stuck using the same profile for all of your browsing activities.

For example, you might want to surf the internet without synchronizing your browsing data to your Microsoft Account. Or you might have another Microsoft account (personal or work related) that you want to enter and access to certain sites or synchronize certain forms of data. If so, you can easily create a new profile.

Step 1: Click the profile icon in the upper right corner of the Edge window.

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Step 2: In the profile flyout that appears, click Add Profile.

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Step 3: Click Add.

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Step 4: Click Confirm to finish creating the profile.

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You can start using the profile immediately. Every bookmark you create or a password that you save will be stored locally, separate from your other profile data.

If you want to back up your data online and synchronize passwords and favorites between devices, you must sign in with a Microsoft Account.

Enter Profile

In cases where you have another Microsoft Account (related to work or personal), you can easily use it to log in to the profile that you just created. It protects your password and bookmarks, but you can also access data on other devices by logging in with the same Microsoft Account.

Step 1: Click the profile icon, then click Enter.

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Step 2: Select Work or School Accounts if you want to log in with a work account, or Microsoft Account if you want to log in with a personal account.

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Step 3: After logging in with your account credentials, click Synchronize to start synchronizing your browsing data.

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Or, click Customize to choose the specific form of data that you want to synchronize with your Microsoft Account.

Switch Between Profiles

You can continue to create and enter additional profiles. Switching between Microsoft Edge profiles is also very easy. Just click the profile icon, then select the profile you want to use.

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Each profile that you switch will open in a separate window. You can then juggle between windows profiles through the taskbar (PC) or Mission Control (Mac).

Change Profile Name and Image

By default, Microsoft Edge labels your profile in the order you add it (such as Personal, Private 2, Personal 3, etc.). You can always change their name. You can also add or change your profile picture.

Step 1: Click the profile icon, then click Manage Profile Settings.

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Step 2: Click the Other icon (three dots) next to the profile, then click Edit.

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Step 3: Replace the default profile label with the name you want. To add or change a profile picture, click Change Picture.

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Clicking Change Image will bring up the Microsoft Account web portal, where you can then upload a new picture. If you haven’t entered a profile, you can only select images from a dozen profile pictures built into the browser.

When finished, click Update.

Set Default Profile

Microsoft Edge will open the last profile that you used each time you clicked on an external link (such as from an email client). Because this is not feasible at any time, you can specify a default profile for this action.

Step 1: Click Manage Profile Settings on the profile flyout. Next, click on Multiple Profile Preferences.

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Step 2: Open the menu next to ‘Default profile for external links,’ then select the profile you want to set as default.

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Changes will be saved automatically.

Automatic Profile Switching

If you log in to a profile with a work or school account, Microsoft Edge will automatically ask you to switch to a relevant profile (personal or work related) based on the type of content you access. If you want to stop that from happening, or if you do not receive the request, you must deactivate or activate the relevant settings.

Step 1: Click Manage Profile Settings on the profile flyout. Next, click on Multiple Profile Preferences.

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Step 2: Use the switch next to Automatic Profile Switching to deactivate or activate the feature.

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Changes will be saved automatically.

Exit Profile

Microsoft Edge lets you easily exit a profile. Your data will then stop syncing to the Microsoft Account, but the synchronized data will continue to stay online. You can also choose to delete browsing data that is stored locally when exiting, but that will cause the browser to also delete your profile.

Step 1: Open the Edge Settings panel, switch to the profile where you want to exit, then click Exit.

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Step 2: In the confirmation box that appears, click Sign out to disconnect your Microsoft Account from the profile.

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You can then continue to use the profile offline or log back in with the same Microsoft Account later. You can also log in with a different Microsoft Account, but you have to choose between combining existing data or starting from scratch.

Own Profile

Microsoft Edge Chromium’s ability to create multiple profiles and sign in with different Microsoft Accounts should help separate different workflows and better manage your search activities. The fact that you can also specify a default profile, and even allow the browser to switch between work and personal profiles automatically must have many use cases. Great, Microsoft.

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