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Set Default Profile in Chrome in Windows



You can change the profile with which Chrome launches in Windows, Linux, and Mac. If you are not familiar with profiles, just take a look at the top-right of your screen. If you have logged-in to your google account in Chrome, you’ll see your profile name. Clicking on it reveals a menu. You can set up and use multiple profiles with different Google accounts from this menu.

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Clicking on Switch person allows you to select another person to Chrome, add someone or browse as a guest. If, however, you want to launch Chrome with a specific profile by default, you can do so by the --profile-directory flag in a shortcut for the browser.

It goes something like this:

chrome --profile-directory="name_of_the_profile"

So, if you have added a person on Chrome with name Mike, you will type the word Mike instead of “name_of_the_profile“.

You can use Run box to run this command or make a shortcut for convenience. For making a shortcut, right-click on the Desktop and go to New > Shortcut. Type the following in there, and press Next.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --profile-directory="name_of_the_profile"

Of course, don’t forget to replace name_of_the_profile with an actual name. Give a name to the shortcut to make it recognizable when it is with the normal Chrome shortcut. Something like Chrome - Mike (Mike as an example) is fine.

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