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By creating multiple profiles, I can open multiple instances of Mozilla and avoid the problem of a crash in one tab or window closing all my open Mozilla windows.

In order to facilitate doing that (which must be done while Mozilla is not running (not sure if running Mozilla help would cause a problem), I copied the following instructions from a Mozilla help page. (Then I can open this page in konqueror or some other browser to follow the instructions.) Eventually (or sooner) I will probably edit these instructions to make the "reminder" version.

Also, at least if I open this Mozilla, I can easily zoom the font to a readable size. (The font in Mozilla help is on the small side, and I don't know how to easily increase it (hoping for something as easy as zoom, not as annoying as trying to change the (default) font.)

Update: I tried this on 16-17 Feb 2003 with less than complete success (using Mozilla 1.1 on Mandrake 9.0) -- ran into the following:

  • had to use /usr/bin/mozilla -profilemanager to start the profile manager
  • had to use the same command each time I started Mozilla to get the profile manager to come up -- need to adjust the shortcuts on Mandrake
  • my "original" profile (in /home/dad/.mozilla/dad/gu5r8pxm.slt) uses 3.8 MB of disk -- don't want to use that much for each of 15 or more profiles
  • never did get an accurate reading on how much extra ram a second instance of Mozilla used -- hope it's not nearly 100 MB
  • wanted to copy my "preferences" from my original profile to each of the others -- tried copying various files (all ending in .js, at least, and some others including the file named registry) -- no luck (e.g., I never got the browser with the new profile to look the same (toolbar hidden) or use the same fonts). There was no user.js file in my original profile, nor any .css files or similar.

Maybe I need a version after 1.1 to make this work?

See:

Contents

Instructions from Mozilla Help

Managing Profiles

If you use the Internet at home and at work, you may want to have access to a different set of bookmarks, preferences, address books, email accounts, My Sidebar setup, and so on. Similarly, family members may want to share a copy of the same browser software but keep their Internet identities separate.

The Profile Manager lets you create different profiles, each with its own bookmarks, preferences, email settings, and so on. You automatically create a default profile when you first install your browser software. After you create one or more additional profiles, you will be asked which you want to use each time you launch the browser.

In this section:

Creating a New Profile

Deleting or Renaming a Profile

Creating a New Profile

To create a profile:

  1. Exit the browser. It is not possible to create a new profile while the Navigator, Mail, or any other component of your browser software is running.
  2. Open the Profile Manager:
    • On Windows, open the Start menu and choose Programs, then Netscape 7.0, then Profile Manager.
    • On Mac OS, open the Netscape folder and then double-click the Profile Manager.
    • On Linux, type the following at the command line: ./netscape -profilemanager -- on Mandrake 9.0 I had to run =/usr/bin/mozilla -profilemanager=
  3. Click Create Profile, read the Profile description, and then click Next.
  4. Enter a profile name. This can be anything you like, such as your real name or a name that's related to what you use the profile for, such as "School."
  5. Accept the default location for the new profile, or click the Choose Folder button and navigate to the location you want.
  6. If you have Language Packs or Regional Content Packs installed, click Region Selection and choose the Language/Content set you want.
  7. Click Finish.

The opening screen of the Profile Manager reappears, with the new profile listed and highlighted.

To set up your browser for the new profile, click Start Netscape 7.0. You'll be asked to register a screen name (if you already have one) for use with Netscape Webmail, Netscape Instant Messenger, and custom My Netscape page. If you don't have a screen name, click Register Now to get one.

If you don't want to register a screen name at this time, click Cancel, and the program will open. To register a screen name while Netscape is running, open the Help menu and choose Register Netscape.

As you begin using the new profile, you will be asked for additional information as you perform tasks that require it—for example, checking your email.

Deleting or Renaming a Profile

You may want to delete profiles that you don't normally use. To delete or rename an existing profile:

  1. Exit the browser. It is not possible to create, delete, or rename a profile while the Navigator, Mail, or any other component of your browser software is running.
  2. Open the Profile Manager:
    • On Windows, open the Start menu and choose Programs, then Netscape 7.0, then Profile Manager.
    • On Mac OS, open the Netscape folder and then double-click the Profile Manager.
    • On Linux, type the following at the command line: ./netscape -profile
  3. To delete a profile, select its name and click Delete Profile.
  4. To rename a profile, select its name, click Rename Profile, and follow the instructions.

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  • () RandyKramer - 16 Feb 2003
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