How to Run Multiple Instances of Google Talk

Run Multiple Accounts in Google Talk

Do you have multiple Google accounts that you use to chat with people?  Google Talk is an effective way to chat with other Google and Gmail users from your desktop without using an internet browser.  But, by default the program isn’t set up to work with multiple accounts.  I’ve found trouble with this because I happen to have a handful of different Google accounts myself, and it is a pain switching back and forth.  Though, you actually don’t have to do this.  Google Talk has a hidden feature that allows you to login to as many accounts as you want, simultaneously!

Step 1

First you’ll need to locate the Google Talk shortcut that you want to use to open the program.  For most people Google Talk likely starts automatically when you launch windows, and so the only shortcut is located in the start menu.

If this is the case for you, Click the start menu orb, Type google talk into the search box and then Right-Click the program link to Select Properties.

google talk start menu shortcut

Step 2

In the properties window Select the Shortcut  tab.  Here all you need to do is add the following to the end of the Target box:


shortcut tab on google talk properties


That’s all it takes!  Using the shortcut you just setup, you can now open as many separate instances of Google Talk as you want and login to a different account on every single one of them.



  1. groovinJackman

    May 25, 2011 at 6:08 am

    This is an awesome tip. I have just been using Google Talk and Gmail Notifier, but it’s nice to know that there’s a better way to do it.

  2. acupuncture

    May 25, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Great tip! I’ve been doing the sign into the other account in incognito or via Firefox to use multiple accounts at the same time.

  3. karoway

    May 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Love it honey LOVE it!!!

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