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How to run two Chrome browser windows, each with a different colour theme

Ever thought it would be useful to have two Chrome browser windows running, one for your personal websites (such as social media, personal email and news), the other for your business websites (business email, productivity and customer relations management)?

Each with its own colour theme?

Of course, you can do that with the default Chrome experience by opening two Chrome windows, but what if you wanted to change the colour theme for each so that they are easily distinguishable from each other?

If you head over to the Chrome web store > Themes, you can certainly change the colour of the window, and in fact you can change the look completely with a range of image-based themes.

The only snag is that every Chrome window will change, not just the current one.

So how do you change things so that each Chrome window has it’s own theme or colours?

Two Chrome windows, each with its own colour theme

What you need to do is set up another ‘User’ of the Chrome browser. Google Chrome allows you to add users of its browser so more than one person can use the browser and have their own bookmarks, history, and yes, themes.

At the top right of the browser window will be a small round user icon. If you are signed in to the Google network with your email address, then you will likely see your profile image. Here’s my profile the icon with my mugshot below.

Clicking this will bring up a similar menu to this one:

Click on the Manage People icon to show this new window:

From here you can Add Person:

Choose a name for this Profile and an avatar/icon, and click Add.

Optional: The setup of the new user will ask if you want to sign in to Google Chrome with another user. Perhaps you have a personal email account and a business one?

Each account can then be synchronised (bookmarks, history, colour theme) to other computers you use! Just sign in (or create an account) for the additional user and you are done!

That’s it! Now you can click again on the top right profile icon:

In the example below, I’m signed in with my business email (jonathan@anythingit.net), and there is an option in the menu to open a new browser window with my personal user ‘Jabbs’.

To change colours. You can visit the Chrome web store in each window to choose a theme for each ‘user’.

That’s how you can do this:

Any questions? As always, get in touch!

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The Wonderful World of Workflowy

Workflowy is a productivity app (web and for phones). I love Workflowy and use it heavily when I want to ‘get things down “on paper”‘.

Workflowy is different to other productivity apps in that it’s all about Lists.

You create a List, then drill into the List to create sub-lists and so on.

What I like about it is the fact that you can focus on one specific list (or sub-list). You don’t have your screen cluttered with dozens of other related or semi-related lists or projects.

If you want to spend time thinking about what you need to do for your summer holiday, you can create a list (perhaps under a main list you created called ‘Personal’?) and focus just on that list. Maybe you will create sub-lists under ‘Summer Holiday’ of ‘Travel’, ‘Costs’, ‘Clothing’, and so on.

Perhaps you are an Under 19’s football coach? Well, why not create a list under ‘Personal’ called ‘Sports’. And inside that list one called ‘Under 19’s Team’. You could then focus on what needs to be done for that team by creating sub-lists for ‘Players’, ‘Matches’, ‘Practice’. You get the idea

Check out the video to see how it works!

Please let us know by email, Facebook Messenger or in the Comments any questions you might have.

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Don’t be scared of Excel

Yes, using Excel (other brands of spreadsheet software are available) can look a little scary. But don’t need to be!

Excel is a powerful piece of software that could potentially save you a lot of time, present information in useful ways, and highlight areas of your business that could prove extremely helpful.

You can make a spreadsheet to do very simple things, such as automatically adding up a list of invoice amounts for a given month, or keeping a running total of stock (numbers of products AND the total amount at cost or retail).

Attached at the bottom of this post is an Excel file with two tabs. One tab is a simple list of invoice numbers with dates and amounts. The other is a slightly more complicated stock system with values.

On the INVOICE tab I have also used ‘Conditional Formatting’. Conditional Formatting is a very useful feature. In the Conditional Formatting on the INVOICE tab, I’m colouring amounts of equal to or less than £25 with a pink background and red text. This is just to show you that perhaps there is a problem (i.e. should you have invoice amounts of £25 or less? Is there a mistake?).

The STOCK tab is perhaps a little more complicated but hopefully you get the idea?

I should say that there are systems out there that can do all this for you as well. Check out the likes of Quickbooks, Xero, Zoho, and many more! Of course, you may have to pay for these especially since they have a number of features (some of which you might now need!).

So, simple spreadsheets may help.

Additionally, spreadsheets don’t have to look ugly! Check out the attached to see what I mean.

Apologies if the attached isn’t an accurate representation of how these things work. It’s just meant to illustrate how spreadsheets can look and provide simple solutions.

Do you use Excel? Do you use online solutions like Quickbooks, Zoho? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Download the file

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