Faster context switching with Chrome profiles
I have used Chrome profiles for a while. This is really good to seperate and isolate things like credentials between different instances of chrome. And when I mention this for other people, there are a lot that does not know about this gem of a feature.
I currently use 3 profiles, personal, work, and customer.
By using profiles I can now use the same portal for different rols, ex. the Azure Profile. I don’t need to log out and in between sessions. Just open the browser from the right shortcut.
This is all nice, however. One issue happend every time when I open links, ex. from Slack. Those whould be sent to my Default browser (was Edge).
My taskbar currently looks like this:
The shortcuts goes to:
- Edge (default)
- Personal Profile
- Customer Profile
- Work Profile
Better browser switching
By using this nice tool called BrowserChooser, I can now choose my browser with the right profile directly when open link.
That is all nice, but it also supports automaticly choosing a profile based on patterns in the link, ex. customer domain etc.
Another nice feature, is that I can automaticly choose the right browser based on patterns in the link, ex. customers domain etc.
Now we are talking. :)
Setup browser switching
First download the applications, this is a portable exe, so I manually put it in ‘C:\Program Files\Browser Chooser’. Then you will need to setup it as your default browser. Open the application, go to the setup (right top link), click on ‘Windows Default’, then ‘Add to Default programs’ and ‘Show Defaults Dialog*‘.
Now you should be able to make BrowserChooser as your default browser.
Since BrowserChooser cannot use the same icons as in the taskbar directly from Chromes folders, you must copy them over to a place where it can find them.
To copy the Profile icons from Chrome, go to ‘%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile #’, where ‘#’ is profile number. Copy the ‘Google Profile.ico’ as the ‘
Now go to the Shortcuts settings, and clone up chrome to the number of profiles.
Edit them manually like this:
To add URL patterns go to ‘Auto URLs’. With wildcards this can be very powerfull.
Now when you click on a configured link, it should open chrome with the right profile automaticly.
BrowserChooser is a VB.Net application, and uses the string LIKE operator, on version 188.8.131.52373. It also removes “https://”, “http://” and “www.” from the pattern.
Special characters in pattern:
- ? Any single character
- * Zero or more characters
- # Any single digit (0–9)
- [charlist] Any single character in charlist
- [!charlist] Any single character not in charlist
- There is no need to use http, https, or www in the pattern.
- ”*.” will require start of something else than “www.”.
- Pattern “*.test.com*” will hit “http://test.test.com/” but not “http://www.test.com/”
- Pattern “*test.com*” will hit both.
- Pattern “*test.com*/#user/*” will not hit “http://test.com/#user/function”
- Pattern “*test.com*/[#]user/*” will hit “http://test.com/#user/function”
- Pattern “*” will hit everything, and must therefor be the last pattern. You can use this for selecting a default browser.
Time Saved…Is Time Earned…
Work smarter, not harder…
You know… all that. :)