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The new Microsoft Edge is available: here's how to manage multiple user profiles

Microsoft Edge an all new browser, redesigned by Microsoft and based on Chromium, the same engine as Chrome. The features of the new Edge lead it to become a browser faster, safer and with better compatibility. In addition, the existing extensions have increased and the tools for developers have also improved.

Now, thanks to Chromium, create a new user profile on Edge became as simple as when creating new user profiles in other browsers.

Microsoft Edge: create a new user profile

The distribution of the new Microsoft Edge started as an update via Windows Update, if your device has not yet updated you can download it here. The browser, however, works on Windows devices, but also on macOS.

By installing the new Edge browser, you will automatically create a standard user profile called "Profile 1" without any personalization: if you access yours Microsoft account you will connect the two profiles and you will have the possibility to save and share bookmarks and settings on all your devices.

With Microsoft Edge you can now create and manage multiple user profiles, so that more people can use the same browser while keeping the various settings, bookmarks and custom extensions separate.

How to create a new user profile on Microsoft Edge

If you wish to add a according to profile in Microsoft Edge click on the user profile icon in the upper right corner of the browser, and then follow these instructions:

  1. Click on Profile, then choose Manage profile settings.
  2. SelectAdd profile.
  3. Select add.

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Once you have created a according to user profile empty called "Profile 2" a new Edge browser window will open automatically and use this new profile.

How to link a profile to your Microsoft account

Now you can decide whether to access a Microsoft account to customize the profile or whether to keep it only as a local profile. If you want to access yours Microsoft account, select the user profile icon in the upper right corner and then click "Login" to start the procedure.

Microsoft EdgeIf you use Windows 10 you can select the same Microsoft account as the Windows user account, otherwise, you must click on "Microsoft Account" or "Company or school account" to log in. Once done, Edge will ask you if you want synchronize the new profile to allow you to use the same extensions and settings, as well as share your browser history and bookmarks, across multiple devices. Click "Synchronize" to consent or click "No, thank you" for not granting authorization.

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Change of user profile

Sometimes it can be useful switch from one user profile to another, especially if you use different profiles for different purposes: for example one profile for working and one for playing. Fortunately, it's easy to switch between user profiles in Microsoft Edge.

In the Edge browser window, select the user profile icon in the upper right corner and you will see the list of existing user profiles. All you have to do is click on the other user profile you want to use to change your profile. Alternatively, there is also the option "Use as a guest?Which allows you to switch to a temporary guest profile. Please be aware that once the guest profile window is closed all browser settings and history will be cleared.

User profile management

If you want to edit or delete user profiles in Microsoft Edge, just select the user profile icon in the upper right corner, then click on "Manage profile settings". This will open the tab with the settings of your user profile: if you want to switch to another profile select "Other profiles" and click on the "Manage" button of the profile you wish to modify.

For edit or delete a user profile, you must select the button with the three dots located next to the "Exit" button. At this point a drop-down menu will open with two options, edit or delete: if you want edit your profile click on "Edit" and you can rename it and assign it a new profile icon from the list. Once you have made all the changes, remember to click "Update" to save the new settings.

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For permanently delete a profile, instead, click on the "Remove" option. This procedure will delete the profile from Microsoft Edge forever. Keep in mind two things:

  • If you are using a Microsoft account, the settings will remain synchronized in that account and can be used in other devices
  • If you are using a local user profile, deleted the profile you will no longer be able to restore the saved settings or bookmarks.

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