I love the Google Web Applications, including Gmail, Calendar and Reader. I also manage many Gmail accounts for various reasons. One thing that I find myself doing a lot is switching from one Google Account to another.
Typically, I start my day by logging into my personal Gmail account. However, there are times when I have to create a new appointment using a different Google Account. I used to do the following steps:
- Log out of my personal account
- Log into the account that I want to create the appointment in
- Create the appointment
- Log out of that account
- Log back into my personal account
I always wished there was a way to stay logged into my own personal account, open a tab, log into the other account and do what needs to be done there, but unfortunately that does not work. If you are already logged into Google, when you open another tab to another Google resource (gmail, calendar...) it keeps you in the same account.
The way around it is to use Chrome's Incognito mode. If you are logged into a Google account, create a new window in Incognito mode (File -> New Incognito Window). In that window, you can access another Google Resource under a different account, all the while staying in your original account on the first browser window.
This neat little trick was introduced to me by a co-worker, and it has been a real time saver. I hope that it is a timesaver for you as well.
Pay it forward.