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Suppose we are working in Firefox. Now I have opened 3 tabs. In all 3 tabs I need to work on an application e.g. gmail account. i.e. Tab 1 has Account 1, tab 2 has account2 and tab 3 has account 3. I need to do this simultaneously. Please suggest method or add-on to do this task. I also need to do the same in Internet Explorer as well.

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Is this Google accounts specific or general multiple sessions ? –  Revolter Oct 26 '09 at 17:54
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See "Log in with two accounts (e.g., in Gmail) in a single Firefox window" at superuser.com/questions/58110/… and "Firefox: Using multiple instances with different profiles?" at superuser.com/questions/41496/… and "How to Log Into a Web App Simultaneously with Different Account?" at superuser.com/questions/44903/… –  Arjan Oct 26 '09 at 19:13
    
similar question superuser.com/a/352680/103134 "Is it possible to maintain two concurrent Facebook sessions in the same browser?" this question discusses how to maintain multiple user profile at once. –  Santosh Kumar Apr 23 '12 at 16:00

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Try this: http://www.xenocode.com/browsers/

Or VMWare's ThinApp.

Both will give you a virtual environment for the browser (a thin one, not a resource hog).

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The link is now spoon.net/browsers. –  harrymc Oct 26 '09 at 18:03

I've never used it, but the GMail Manager addon for Firefox may help you to do this. Not sure about IE though.

EDIT: This obviously only helps if the application in question is GMail though!

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I do something "cheap" in Firefox - I have two GMail accounts and I keep one in a Firefox tab and a second in a Firefox tab using IETab.

But it doesn't help with three accounts obviously.

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Internet Explorer 8's "Private Browsing mode" gives you a totally independent session with no shared cookies or other login details. That gets you two sessions (albeit in two different windows, rather than tabs) out of the box.

You can't do the same thing in Firefox as Firefox 3.5's "Private Browsing" mode is more of a toggle, it closes and saves your main session first.

If you have more than one user account set up on your machine you could do a Run As on Firefox to open a second (third, etc) window up as a brand new Windows user, this would get you totally independent windows with independent sessions, but again in different windows.

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You can do that with Chrome too. But the problem is that you are limited to two sessions. –  Pacerier Jul 14 '12 at 16:02

firefox -p brings up a profile manager. you can use it to create multiple profiles. by running "firefox -p profilename -no-remote" you can open multiple profiles at once! therefore you can have as many logged in users in any site. don't know about internet explorer...

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Turning a website into an application using a Site-Specific Browser might do the trick. For Firefox, see Prism. For a Mac, see Fluid. And Chrome has a built-in option "Create application shortcut".

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The Multifox Firefox plugin may work for you: br.mozdev.org/multifox

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Specifically, the "AllAccounts" extension (previously MultiFox 2 BETA) works. –  allquixotic Mar 26 at 22:01

Your best bet is to use Prism and create a separate 'web app for each instance (login).

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Easiest way to do that in Internet Explorer is to do the following:

File > New Session

Then you get a new browser session, which will not use the same session as the one logged into gmail.

For Firefox use the private Browsing as others have suggested.

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I use Yoono for Firefox this sort of thing.

It's designed to help out with your multiple social network accounts, but it works for any website.

After installing, you'll likely want to hide the toolbar Yoono adds (left side of the screen -> right click -> close), and then use the 'Yoono profile selector' (just left of the url) to add 3 gmail profiles, each with the same url: mail.google.com/

When you've added your profiles, you can open those profiles (with the 'Yoono profile selector') in different tabs, and enjoy browsing the same web site with different sessions in the same browser window.

The downside to Multifox Firefox, by the way, is you have to use a new window for each new session on the same web site.

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