The new Chromium-based Microsoft edge allows you to add user profiles. Here’s a look at how to set up a second user profile in Edge.
Note: You will need to sign in to your Microsoft account to link profiles to your account. This allows you to share settings or bookmarks across devices. However, you don’t have to sign in the second account if you don’t want to.
Add User Profiles on Microsoft Edge
To add a second profile to the account, click your account icon in the upper-right corner of the browser. Then from the menu that comes up select the Add a profile option.
On the Wizard screen that comes up click the Add button.
That will add a second user called “Profile 2” to your browser.
Then when you click on the second profile it will open a new browser instance for you to log in with your Microsoft account. Note that if you don’t want to sign in with the second account you can just click the Confirm button. Which I am doing here. I want to have an account that syncs my data and one that doesn’t.
To switch between accounts simply click the account profile icon that’s showing and switch between them. And if you didn’t already sign in to the second profile with a Microsoft account, the option is always there.
Having a second profile is good if you have a shared computer or simply want a separate profile for doing specific work while in the browser. Or maybe one is for personal browsing and the other for work or school.
More on Microsoft Edge
Remember that the new Edge is based on Chromium and is truly cross-platform. It is available for Windows 7, 8, 10, macOS, Android, and iOS with a Linux version coming soon.
If you don’t have it yet check out our articles on how to install the new Edge. And once you get it up and running make sure to read about how to install your favorite Google Chrome extensions on Edge. And after that, for more on the new browser check out our Edge archive of tips and guides.