Create Taskbar Shortcuts for Google Chrome by Profile with Correct Icons

My Google Chrome taskbar shortcuts were changed at some point and it has been driving me completely nuts trying to get them set up again!  I’d unpin and re-pin, but any chrome taskbar shortcut would just open up the most recently used profile – not the one that I thought I had pinned to the taskbar.  This feature is really nice if your work uses Google Apps and you don’t want work knowing about your top-secret anonymous blog!

I finally figured out what the problem is.  Somehow one of the profiles became known to chrome as “Default”.

Here was the solution:

#1: Uninstall Chrome completely.

#2: Reinstall Chrome

#3: Open Chrome but DO NOT LOG IN!

#4: Click on the “Profile Switcher” button in the top right corner.


#5: Choose Add another person and go through the login.  DO NOT Delete Person 1.

#6: When the separate Chrome instance opens for the person/profile you just added you will notice that it has the correct icon on the taskbar.  Right click on the taskbar instance and choose “pin to taskbar”.

#7: To add additional taskbar shortcuts reopen Person 1 (the default profile – accessible through the Chrome Shortcut that was put on your desktop when Chrome was reinstalled) and then repeat steps 5 and 6.



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