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How To Create and Manage Multiple Profiles in Firefox

If you share your computer with other people, Mozilla Firefox has a groovy feature that allows you to create multiple profiles. Here’s a simple guide which explains how it works.

You can locate the profiles at the following paths.

Go to Start Menu and type Run.

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Type firefox.exe -p to open Mozilla Firefox Profile Manager. Make sure Firefox is not running otherwise it will not open the Profile Manager.

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It will show you all the profiles for Firefox. Now, click on Create Profile button and it will open a new pop-up window. Press Next.

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Type the name of the new profile and click Finish.

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By default, Firefox will ask you which profile you want to use each time you launch Firefox. For this example, uncheck Don’t ask on Startup option because I’m going to show you how to setup a custom shortcut instead.

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Create Firefox shortcut and go to its Properties by right clicking on it.

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In the Shortcut tab, paste “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -p Hammad and press OK.

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Now, whenever you want to access a different profile just create a new shortcut for that person. Nice and simple.

Additional Info:

Firefox stores the profile info at the following location below. This is handy to know if you ever want to delete the profile or other data.

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C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile Name>

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3 Responses to How To Create and Manage Multiple Profiles in Firefox

  1. Ziggy May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    What I like about Firefox profiles is its ability to stop programs (when installing) from opening your browser and going to the developer’s site. In this situation a pop-up will appear asking you to open a profile. I simply close the pop-up and get on with my work.

    Another useful feature is that if a profile becomes corrupted you can simply delete it and create a new untainted profile. In addition, I can keep my browsing favorites, themes and extensions separate to others using Firefox as their preferred browser.

    • Steve Krause May 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Very nice. I’ve honestly never played with this before Hammad did this write-up. Very groovy tip. Thnx for the feedback and additional tips Ziggy!

    • Hammad Saleem May 10, 2012 at 12:51 am #

      Didnt know about this tip…THanks for sharing. Will check it today 🙂

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