Solved Windows 11 Start Menu issues with pinning Chrome shortcuts with Profiles


MrCaspan

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I am a Chrome users and I have about 5 Chrome profiles that I have to use on a daily basis. I have had this issue since Windows 10 but when I go to pin my Chrome shortcuts that launch Chrome into each profile only the first pinned shortcut shows on the Start menu and all the rest are ignored. It's like Windows sees that you already have a shortcut to chrome.exe pinned to the Start menu and won't add another. Also the name given to the shortcut is also ignored like "Chrome - Personal" when pinned will just get renames to Chrome. I have tried opening the folder that holds the shortcuts to the Start menu and manipulating it there and I can rename the pinned shortcut there but again only 1 will show up. does anyone have a hack or work around for this?
 

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Actually I think I might have just finally figure it out..

  1. Open the Start menu and click "All apps >". Scroll down to find "Google Chrome"
  2. Right click on the Google Chrome entry it and select "More > Open File Location".
  3. Windows Explorer should open to the "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" folder which is the Start Menu folder for all users
  4. Right click the Google Chrome icon and check to see if it is pinned to the Start menu, if it is unpinn it.
  5. Delete the Google Chrome shortcut from the directory as this version seems to override your custom Google Chrome shortcut that points to your default profile and has a custom icon with your profile picture.
  6. Navigate to your users Start Menu folder "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" and copy form your desktop your custom Google Chrome Profile shortcuts.
  7. Open the Start Menu > All apps > and find your shortcuts you pasted in the previous step, right click each one and pin them to the Start Menu
It's a PITA to do this but it makes it so much easier to launch Chrome into the profile that you need rather than launching the default one and then switching to the profile you need.
 

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It's a PITA to do this but it makes it so much easier to launch Chrome into the profile that you need rather than launching the default one and then switching to the profile you need.
Hi there, welcome to the forum!

Not sure what kind of "switching" you are referring to but isn't it just 2 clicks? 1. Launch Chrome and 2. Click a profile you want to use.
I think this is the tidiest way to use Chrome.

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