Create separate profiles in Firefox

tools & techniques | Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Do you share a computer with someone else (at home, for example) and secretly wish that they’d keep their bookmarks out of your bookmarks? Or do you wish you could more easily keep your work-related and personal browsing separate?

Keep the peace — create separate profiles, and everyone keeps their own stuff: bookmarks, saved passwords, cookies. It’s quite easy. The Mozilla knowledge base explains how.

  1. From Start->Run, type firefox -profilemanager (Windows; see above link for other environments).
  2. Click “Create” to create a new profile. Choose a new, empty folder to place it in. This folder should be easy for you to find and differentiate. Example: C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/profiles/MyName.
  3. In the C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox directory, copy the Firefox shortcut.
  4. Rename the shortcut to your new profile name, and move it to the desktop.
  5. Right-click on the shortcut and choose Properties. Add “-P “MyName” to the end of the target line. For example, the new target for the shortcut should be: C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe -P “Caitlin”
  6. Create additional shortcuts for each profile.

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