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Status: Fixed
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Closed: Aug 2011
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OS: Windows
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Issue 88878: Profile Icon shows when only one (default) profile is present.

Reported by, Jul 11 2011

Issue description

Chromium Version       : 14.0.817.0 (Developer Build 91984)
OS Version: 6.1 (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2)
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What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. Start Chromium with only one profile.

An optional profile icon would be a good choice if there is only one profile on a machine. Also, why is there no way to select beyond one of the four "included" images. I don't like the bee, the briefcase, the cupcake or the chemical flask, yet there is no way to add to that. Personally, I'd prefer a blank image, since I'm the only one to use my computer. 

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UserAgentString: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/14.0.817.0 Safari/535.1

Comment 1 by, Jul 11 2011

Labels: -Area-Undefined Area-UI Feature-Profiles
Status: Assigned
It's visible right now for two reasons:
  - to get more exposure / testing for this feature
  - to provide a UI to control profiles until the Options page is implemented

Once the options page is implemented we'll switch it to hide by default for people with only one profile.

Comment 2 by, Jul 12 2011

Seriously the main idea was to keep the browser look clean. This big piece of cake icon should better be hidden in the menu to free some space!
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Comment 3 by, Jul 12 2011

All images being used now are very much first drafts, no worries.

Comment 4 by, Jul 19 2011

Yeah is there any way to disable or hide this feature.

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Comment 7 by, Jul 19 2011

This cupcake is the end of the world!  Seriously though, I don't even think people on the dev channel are interested in this. Also, people are getting into trouble trying to remove the icon.  I am hearing of a lot of people accidentally deleting their bookmarks by "disconnecting" their accounts.

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Comment 9 by, Jul 19 2011

FLM! Just tried to delete the cupcake, thinking I had accidentally downloaded some malicious extension and "poof" 5 years of my work bookmarks gone. For changes to the browser this significant, even in the dev channel, some warning or a screen that describes the changes after you have been updated (since its mostly automatic) is needed.
ps anybody know where my bookmarks went? I had a separate user data folder/profile I set up manually for just work and thus didn't know how to sync those bookmarks to my main profile without overwriting everything. It looks like this cupcake crap will help with that problem if I can only get back what I deleted. Thanks

Comment 10 by, Jul 19 2011

Guys who lost bookmarks , have you tried "Set Up Chrome Sync"? (click on the wrench) You can see it.

Comment 11 by, Jul 19 2011

 Issue 89715  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 12 by, Jul 19 2011

@9 by any chance there might be the file named bookmarks.bak with the old settings
in the following folder: \Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Look at the timestamp and size first and if it looks any good,
rename and overwrite the bookmarks file in the same folder.

good luck

Comment 13 by, Jul 19 2011

@9 If you're on Windows 7 (or maybe Vista) it versions all its files.  Find the bookmarks file in Explorer; right click; "Restore previous versions", and you can drag and drop the old revisions.

Comment 14 by, Jul 24 2011

Please eliminate these unsightly profile icons in the dev mode.  They are very unsightly and add to clutter.  Thank you.

Comment 15 by, Jul 26 2011

I think the chrome team needs to remember that when adding new features, the first thing people are going to try to do is to turn them off. And if there's no way to do that, then people are going to try to do it anyway. "Delete profile" is a reasonable assumption for somebody to make to disable the thing.

Making a feature that breaks all your stuff when a reasonable user tries to disable the feature is not a particularly good User Experience.

Comment 16 by Deleted ...@, Jul 27 2011

The sad thing is: for people who started to use the multiple profiles and now they lost all personal info in the profiles (except the one left in the default profile).

I don't mind adding features (it's a dev version) but to disable access to personal data on a profile is plain STUPID. Especially as google is trying to "promote" the silent update system.

Comment 17 by Deleted ...@, Jul 27 2011

guys, might it be that i am the only one how actually WANTS the profiles? its a great feature because i can use my profile at work and my private profile in the same computer. now i am trying to find a way to get them back once they were removed...

Comment 18 by, Jul 27 2011

I browsed around the issues list and it looks like they forgot to add WinOS to the list for enabling multiple profiles with a flag.  If so, then I can't wait for the next build.  I also use this feature at work, and had been using incognito mode until the cupcake was added.

Comment 19 by, Jul 28 2011

Throwing a flag on this would be great, that way people who used the multiple profiles can enable it and work with it (and contribute to actually making it better), while everyone else will have it hidden by default.

It's having your cupcake and eating it, too.

Since this is actually a UI issue in the beginning, throwing it somewhere near the top right part of the title bar (similar to how Google accounts has it, with the option of having just text, or a picture, or both), or as an addable icon to the toolbar, displayed near the Wrench.

Since there are already plans to throw something in the Options page, probably under Personal Stuff, perhaps only having it shown (or be able to be shown) if the person created multiple profiles in the first place.

Comment 20 by, Jul 29 2011

I actually liked that feature and now it's gone...
Is it just hidden or completely removed ?

Comment 21 by, Jul 29 2011

The feature has been temporarily disabled. We're still working on it. If you have a latest Chrome 14 build then check about:flags. If it doesn't appear there then you might have to wait for a few days for it to appear there.

Comment 22 by, Aug 4 2011

Project Member
The following revision refers to this bug:

r95362 | | Wed Aug 03 18:15:14 PDT 2011

Changed paths:

Multi-Profiles: Only show the avatar icon if user has multiple profiles

BUG= 88878 

Review URL:

Comment 23 by, Aug 4 2011

Status: Fixed
This is now fixed on trunk. We will only show the profile avatar after the user has created at least one more profile.

Comment 24 by Deleted ...@, Sep 10 2011

I LOVE the icons feature. It lets me tell apart the various profiles that I am using. Please let us use custom icons or images for profiles. Integration with Windows 7 task-bar would be nice. Sort of having each profile pinned separately to the task-bar. Some pop-up windows currently do not show the profile icon.

However, there must be some way to integrate the browser-based multiple profiles feature in Chrome with the web-based 'Sign-in to multiple accounts' feature on my Google account. Right now, these seem to be two alternate ways to accomplish pretty much the same thing. Of course Chrome does it more elegantly.

Comment 25 by, Oct 13 2012

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Comment 26 by, Mar 11 2013

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Labels: -Area-UI -Feature-Profiles Cr-UI-Browser-Profiles Cr-UI

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