How to set access to Specific Profiles in Firefox using Desktop Shortcuts?

Mozilla Firefox creates a new profile automatically when it’s run for the first time. The profile that is created generally stores or tracks your activities in your browser. It is a set of files stored in a directory containing your browser data such as bookmarks, extensions, passwords, custom preferences, etc. You can access these profiles by creating desktop shortcuts. Follow the tutorial to create profiles in Firefox using Desktop Shortcuts.

create Profiles firefox using Desktop ShortcutsEach individual have an individual profile created that are stored in different directories in the browser under the User Folder. You can create as many profiles as you like by using a feature called Firefox Profile Manager. This program allows you to create separate profiles for personal use, work use, testing, etc. All the profiles can be run all together at the same time.

How to Create Firefox Profiles

The Firefox Profile Manager is used to create profiles. This program isn’t accessible from within the browser interface. Firstly, you need to start Firefox with - profilemanager or -p command line argument. If the desktop shortcut for the program is available, then right-click on it and click on Properties. Switch to the Shortcut tab, and in the Target field type any of the above parameter at the end of the path.
For 32-bit Windows it would look like C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p
For 64-bit Windows it would be C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p
Or you can simply run this command in the Command Prompt start firefox -p
To create an additional profile, click the Create Profile button and go through the wizard. Always make sure to create profiles with a different name for each profile.

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Create Specific User Profiles Desktop Shortcuts

To start a specific Firefox user profile from a desktop shortcut, all you need to do is to add the profile name after the -p parameter in the Properties dialog Target field. For example, if you want to create a profile called tipsnext, the path would be like C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p
If you have a profile with a space in its name, then enclose the name with quotes. You can create a copy of this shortcut file to create desktop shortcuts for other profiles. All you need to is to add correct profile name after -p.

How to Run Multiple Profiles Together

If a Firefox is running and you want to launch a different profile, then the Firefox will open a new window of the active profile. To resolve this issue, add -no-remote – to each shortcut’s Target field. For example C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p -no-remote tipsnext
Upon using these instructions, you will be able to access Firefox private browsing mode and normal browsing together at the same time.

By following the above method you can create as many profiles as you want using Profile Manager and launch them using desktop shortcuts. I case you want to delete the profile as it is no longer needed; you can do so by simply deleting it from the manager. Once it is deleted all the associated browsing data with that profile will be permanently removed from the computer.


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