Nowadays almost every webmail user has more than one account on a service, and at times needs to log into them simultaneously. You have the option to do this by using different browsers. But if you want to use a single browser, IE8 has a new feature that lets you log into different webmail accounts at the same time.
Internet Explorer 8 now lets you start an entirely new session by opening a “New Session” window . You can access this in the File Menu: File > New Session. If you are currently logged into your main Gmail account and want to check your other Gmail account, just open a new session Window and the session cookies of your main Gmail account would not be shared in this new window, thus letting your log into the other account.
Internet Explorer isn’t known to bring new features to the table, but other browsers can take a cue from IE8 regarding this feature as its quite useful.
Drawbacks of the New Session Feature:
- Although there isn’t a direct shortcut key to the New Session window, if you want to access it via keyboard, you can use Alt+F, click i to get to the new Session option and hit Enter. So the Keyboard shortcut is : Alt+F i Enter.
- You can create a shortcut on desktop and use the command line parameter –nomerge to open a new window of Internet Explorer with a new session. You can do it by first creating a IE8 shortcut on the desktop and then adding the no merge parameter to it in the Target box as "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nomerge as shown in the image below.
You can go a step further and create a shortcut key like the one the one created above Ctrl + Shift + N. Now whenever I press Ctrl + Shift + N, I get a IE8 window with a New Session and log into Multiple webmail accounts simultaneously.
Further Reading: Sign in with different IDs and Use Multiple instances of Windows Live Messenger on the same computer