Use browser profiles for more efficient operations

One of the complicating factors of my job is that I need to use the same tools, with different user credentials, often at the same time. For example, most of the companies I and my colleagues support use services that have some sort of integration with Microsoft Azure. As a result, I need to log in to the Azure portal for many of them on a daily basis.

There are several ways of dealing with this. One is to simply change which account one is logged in with whenever necessary, but that gets tedious in a hurry. Another is to use different web browsers for each company, which is also a non-starter for what should be obvious reasons – especially once you’re into double digits of customers. The solution I have come to prefer is to create a profile for each customer. Here’s how:

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the user-menu at the top of your browser window (just to the left of the three dots)
  2. Click “Add” under “Other profiles”
  3. Either sign in to another account, or select “Continue without an account”
  4. Give the profile a name (and choose its color scheme should you so choose)

When you want to switch between profiles, simply go to the user-menu in the top right of your browser window and select the profile you want.

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open the user-menu at the top of your browser window (just to the left of the three dots)
  2. Click “Add profile”
  3. Click “Add”

Should you want to change the name of the profile, you’ll need to go back to the user-menu and click “Manage profile settings”

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