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How to Add Your Chrome Profile Shortcut to Windows 10 Desktop in Six Steps

Follow these steps if you want to add a Chrome browser shortcut to your Windows 10 desktop. This is handy if you have more than one Chrome profile and would like a shortcut for each.

You might decide to run more than one Chrome profile from your computer. (It’s a great way to split entities or business and personal interests.)

You might also prefer a shortcut to your Chrome profiles on your desktop.

But maybe you removed the shortcut the system created when you first installed Chrome.

Here’s how to get your Chrome profile shortcut back on your desktop:

(I’m using an instance of Chrome where I’m not signed into any of my profiles.)

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the 3-dot menu at the top right-hand side of the browser.
  3. Click on settings.
    1. In the current iteration of Chrome (Version 69.0.3497.81), clicking on “Settings” inside an instance you’re not signed into, pops open a settings page in a new tab.
  4. Click on “Chrome name and picture”.
  5. Click on the button on the right-hand side of the box. It’s in line with the text, “Show desktop shortcut”.
    1. Make sure it turns blue when you click on it.
  6. You’ll now have a Chrome shortcut for this Chrome profile on your desktop.
Click on the 3-dot menu at the top right-hand side of the browser
Click on the 3-dot menu at the top right-hand side of the browser.
Click on settings
Click on settings.
A new window pops open for settings
A new window pops open for settings.
Click on Chrome name and picture
Click on Chrome name and picture.
Click the switch on the right-hand side of the box
Click the switch on the right-hand side of the box.
The Show desktop shortcut switch must be on
The Show desktop shortcut switch must be on.
The Chrome desktop shortcut
The Chrome desktop shortcut.

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