Here’s the trick below to open multiple gmail accounts with the same version of firefox.
- Open the Run dialog. In linux, press Alt+F2. On Windows, press WinKey+R.
- In the dialog box, type “firefox -p -no-remote”. This will bring up firefox’s profiles dialog box.
- Click on “Create Profile” and follow the wizard. Lets assume you named the profile as “gmail2“.
- Now close the dialogs and return to desktop.
Now, open the Run dialog again. In the dialog box, type “firefox -p gmail2 -no-remote“.
“-no-remote” option is very important because it creates an isolated session that is different from the currently open firefox windows of other profiles. If -no-remote option is not given, then a new window of the currently running profile or the default profile is opened, where session sharing happens (which we don’t want).
Now, since sessions aren’t shared between different profiles, you can open two accounts and happily have them.
Suggested Improvement for Firefox:
Internet Explorer 8 has this amazing option in the File menu where you can open a completely new session of IE. Sessions are completly isolated and gives lot of relief. Its available at File->New Session. Hope this feature is brought into Firefox as well. Or if this feature is already available as a plugin, please let me know in the comments. Actually speaking, this feature was available in IE since IE 6 (AFAIK). In IE6/7, you can open a completely new session by clicking the IE icon on the desktop.