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  • Assuming that I am signed into all three accounts concurrently, is there a URL that will always bring me directly to the inbox for <my.name@gmail.com>, even if I have used one of the other accounts more recently?
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It turns out that when using multiple sign-in, the first account that one signs into is forevermore the "default account" for that browser session. This applies to all Google Apps features: not just logins to https://mail.google.com/, but also things like OpenID sign-ins.

The solution was simply to sign out, log into the gmail.com account first, and then log into the Google Apps accounts.

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Although this solves my problem, this unfortunately won't help someone who has multiple addresses @gmail.com and wants a URL to open each inbox. I'm still curious as to whether there's a way to build a URL that will always default to a specific Gmail address. – Miles Erickson Mar 31 '12 at 21:03

Make use of the Account chooser.

Account chooser

UPDATE: I've created a Gmail account besides my Google Apps accounts. Within the e-mail application (or wathever google apps programm) you can switch to other accounts easily, when using the account chooser. This in essence enables you to directly log on to different e-mail accounts.

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Can you expand on this a bit? Why does this solve the OP's issue? – Al E. Dec 1 '12 at 21:01
I didn't verify the Gmail vs. Google Apps usage. However, some blogs kept on usage the Gmail reference to their solution. That's why I blundly/boldy added my answer. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 1 '12 at 21:08

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