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Is there any keyboard shortcut for changing it? Google couldn't solve my problem.

I'm using too many different profiles for my blog and their social media profiles etc. Sometimes it's getting annoying to open it with mouse from top corner. I love shortcuts.

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    This isn't a keyboard shortcut, but if you right-click it, you get a quick-access menu. – alirobe Mar 10 '16 at 10:37
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Windows and Linux:

Ctrl+Shift+M then then Enter then or until you reach the user you want.

Mac OS:

+Shift+M then then Enter then or until you reach the user you want.

Note

On Chrome 78 this keyboard shortcut opens the profile menu and focuses your previous used profile, so after you invoked the menu it's enough to hit Enter to quickly switch from one profile to the other.

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    What an "EASY SHORTCUT" Ctrl+Shift+M then ▼ then Enter then ► or ◄ until you reach the user you want. Please add few more keypresses Google :) – Rajkiran May 25 '15 at 11:37
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    Note: For Mac users you'll need to use ⌘ Cmd instead of Ctrl – shim Sep 29 '15 at 20:16
  • as a side note, just pressing Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + M is what brings up the menu. You can use the directional arrows and enter key to navigate that menu but you don't need to continuously hold down the hotkey - and pressing esc will close the menu should you need that. – heckascript Jan 21 '16 at 20:52
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    This solution works for me on Version 53.0.2785.116 (64-bit). it should be the solution – Daniel Gomez Rico Sep 22 '16 at 19:42
  • @JacopKane As Daniel has stated, this should still be the answer to the question, as it has both Mac and Windows shortcuts. Whereas Patrick's answer only has a Mac shortcut. – imtheman Sep 22 '16 at 21:11
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Chrome now has a "People" menu. If you have two profiles, say "Work" and "Personal",

  1. go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> App Shortcuts
  2. click the +
  3. choose "Google Chrome.app"
  4. add one keyboard shortcut for "Work" and another one for "Personal".
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  • Can we use a similar shortcut property for switching to an already open incognito window? – shivshnkr Oct 20 '16 at 19:19
  • awesome, exactly what i was looking for thank you! – Tamas Kalman Nov 3 '16 at 6:00
  • Perfect solution! This should be the accepted answer. – merlin Nov 21 '16 at 8:40
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    @shivshnkr The menu item names in the Keyboard Shortcut preferences need to be exact, but I don't see a menu item to switch between windows in Chrome, probably because it's an OS-level thing. The default is ⌘-` (backtick) which is under Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Keyboard -> Move focus to next window – a paid nerd Jan 20 '18 at 18:45
  • can you share a video of what you suggested I could not understand from your answer how to do it. – political science Dec 4 '19 at 13:43
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Below are instructions to setup your own quick shortcuts for Mac OS X in case you consider Chrome's default combination of keys too long for a "shortcut".

Part 1.

  1. Launch Chrome
  2. Click "Preferences" in "Chrome" menu in the top bar. You should see more than one user profile in the section People. For example, "Work" and "Personal" or "Work" and your name.
  3. Click on "Personal" or your name and click "Edit" below it.
  4. Rename it to "Gpersonal" or something else. I am not sure why this is needed, but it worked for me only after renaming it.

Part 2.

  1. Go to Mac OS X Settings You can do it via Apple icon in the top left corner.
  2. Go to "Keyboard" > "Shortcuts".
  3. Choose "App Shortcuts" in the left pane.
  4. Click "+" in the bottom.
  5. In "Application" section choose "Google Chrome"
  6. In "Menu Title" type first profile name. For example, "Work" without quotes.
  7. Choose a keyboard shortcut, for example, "Cmd+Shift+,".
  8. Click "Add".
  9. Click "+" in the bottom.
  10. In "Menu Title" type first profile name. For example, "GPersonal" without quotes.
  11. Choose a keyboard shortcut, for example, "Cmd+Shift+.".
  12. Click "Add".
  13. You can go back to Chrome now and try new shortcuts.
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  • Can we use a similar shortcut property for switching to an already open incognito window? – shivshnkr Oct 20 '16 at 19:19
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For Mac OS X :

Since there is the People menu and in Mac OS X, you can access all items in menus with a search in the Help menu, you can also do :

cmd + shift + ? (to access the search in the help menu)

[name of the profile]

Enter

What is nice with this tip is that, it works also to have a "shortcut" to menu item that do not natively have one :-)

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  • A nice alternative for keyboard people like me, thanks – JacopKane Mar 17 '16 at 15:30
  • This is objectively the best answer. Nice! – Buckwad Oct 13 '18 at 3:07
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With the latest version of Chrome, there is now a Menu option "People" at the top, with items for each profile you maintain. Since this is now a built-in menu, it is possible (at least on OSX) to bind a custom keyboard shortcut to switch to a specific profile.

For example, I have a shortcut set up for "Personal" (Ctrl+Cmd+Shift+1) and "Work" (Ctrl+Cmd+Shift+2) - you just have to make sure your profiles aren't named exactly the same.

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First we need to access Chrome profile switcher options; the default keyboard shortcut for this is “Ctrl + Shift + M.” Just press “Ctrl + Shift + M” on any active window in Chrome, and the profile switcher should drop down from the top-right corner.

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  • I like the simplicity of this answer. Additionally,,, it works! – Jones Agyemang Oct 7 '20 at 8:24
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I created a small autohotkey script if you want to automate shortcut.

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_1

    ^+k::SendInput ^+m{up}{up}{enter}{right}{right}

    ^+m::
        WinGetPos,,, Width,, A
        ControlClick % "x" width - 175 " y10",,, Right
        SendInput {down}
    Return

#IfWinActive

Note: You may need to change the values of 175 and 10 depending upon your system resolution

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    Wouldn't be a SuperUser answer without ❤ of Autohotkey – Jay Wick Nov 8 '16 at 0:22
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    @Jay! I am a big fan of AHK. My personal AHK file is over 2000 lines of code written by me in just 2-4 years :) – user398328 Nov 8 '16 at 13:20
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This is helpful Ctrl+Shift+M then ▼ then Enter then ► or ◄ until you reach the user you want.

But this is even faster way to switch : In the upper right corner of the browser window right-click on the current profile name and then select the other profile, this i find much faster

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    The first part of your answer is a copy of another answer. The second part doesn't answer the question, which is asking for a keyboard shortcut. – DavidPostill May 5 '16 at 13:25

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