Google have just released the stable version of Google Chrome 16 from 'Chrome Books', those always online Google syncing laptops. Remember them? Neither do I. One great new feature of the latest version of Chrome is 'profiles' - the option to sign into multiple Google accounts (taking benefit of the nifty Chrome sync feature). These profiles can then be switched between with just the click of a button. This is especially useful if you have multiple GMail accounts and you don't want to logout and back in again or switch browser. If you want to try this and don't have a Chrome Book, don't fret: the Beta Channel of Google Chrome is currently running version 16 too.
Here's how to set it up:
- Sign into Google Chrome with your primary account by pressing the spanner icon then sign in. If you're already signed in skip this
- Open the spanner menu again, then go to options and then 'Personal Stuff'
- Under 'Users' press add new user
- A new window will open, open the spanner menu and sign in using your secondary Google account
- Return to 'Personal Stuff' and edit your picture (a number of predefined are available) and name of the new user
- To switch between profiles at any time, press the white portrait icon; displayed at the top left corner of the browser window
- Stuck? Check out the pictorial guide below!
Remember, creating multiple profiles won't protect any (saved) personal information from other users in Chrome, to do that you should set up multiple accounts in your OS.