April 24, 2013

How to save your favorite web page, web app or browser game as an "application" shortcut using Google Chrome and Windows


Google Chrome has a very handy option that allows you to save a shortcut to any web page that looks like a Web App, it does so by saving a special shortcut in your Desktop (great for our favourite web pages), Start Menu (Great for Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Drawings, Apps Script, etc) or Pin to the Task Bar (save this for the most used ones, like Google Drive) and it will even use the web-page's icon, so far it sounds like a normal shortcut, but when we click on the icon, it open a stripped-off version of Google Chrome without tabs, buttons, address bar or menus.

To create one its very simple, just go to the page you want to save as a "Web App" using Google Chrome and do the following simple steps:


  1. Click on the Chrome Menu ( ).
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Create Application shortcuts.
  4. In the dialog that appears, choose which shortcuts you prefer.
  5. Enjoy!
Here you can see the differences between a normal browser tab and an Application Shortcut

Normal Web Browser Tab


Application Shortcut

Neat right?

Here are a few ideas about which pages are great for this option:

  • Facebook.
  • Google+.
  • Youtube.
  • Twitter.
  • G.Mail.
  • G.Drive.
  • Adsense Dashboard.
  • G. Analytics.
  • Blogger.
Or your favourite Browser games, like Travian...

Feel free to let us know about your ideas, suggestions, requests, etc at the bottom of this article.