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USMA56795
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The default shortcut has this as a Target:

 

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge Dev\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory="Default"

 I think if I substitute other values for the profile-directory I can get the shortcut to use a different profile, but am not sure what to name it.  I searched around the application and AppData directories but nothing leapt out at me.

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@USMA56795The way profile works are the original will be "default". Any additional profiles will start with profile (then a number) like Profile 1, Profile 2, etc.
 
If you want to open your second profile, it will be this below in the Target text box.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge Dev\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory="Profile 1"

 
I hope this helps.

 

Eric E.

@Eric_MS If I try this, it just creates a new profile named "Profile 1" for me, even though I replaced it with "Work" which is an existing profile in Edge. How can I make it open an existing profile I have in Edge Chromium?

@Koen Zomers  Unfortunately you have to know what profile number is associated with the displayed profile name.

 

For example, on one of my laptops Profile 1 = firstname.lastname@outlook.com, Profile 2 = firstname.lastname@work.com, Profile 3 = whyisthissohard@edgedev.com, etc.

 

If I want to access my work profile, my shortcut Properties looks like this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge Dev\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory="Profile 2"

 

It would be great if Microsoft supported profile names in the argument, such as this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge Dev\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory="firstname.lastname@work.com"

I renamed my profiles to "WORK" and "HOME" - crazy naming convention, I know. Now trying to create a shortcut with --profile-directory and everything I try just creates a new profile. 

--profile-directory ="profile 1" [fail]

--profile-directory ="Profile 1" [fail]

--profile-directory ="profile 2" [fail]

--profile-directory ="profile 3" [fail]

--profile-directory ="work" [fail]

--profile-directory ="WORK" [fail]

--profile-directory ="home" [fail]

 

A little documentation would be good. How does using the profile name not work?

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