How to create application shortcuts using Google Chrome

Google Chrome - Application shortcut

Creating application shortcuts in Google Chrome gives you faster access and more personalize experience to your content.

Google Chrome allows users using the web browser on Windows and Linux to create application shortcuts of web pages that they visit more infrequently, as well as from apps that were installed from the Chrome Web Store. 

Once created, a shortcut can be placed on your Windows desktop, Start menu or it can be Pinned to the Taskbar.

To create an application shortcut or app shortcut, do the following:

1.  Open a new Tab (in Windows, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T to open a new Tab) and go to the website you want to create a shortcut from.

2.  Click the wrench  on the top-right corner of your web browser.

3.  Select Tools.

4.  Choose Create application shortcuts…

Google Chrome - Create application shortcuts option

5.  In the dialog box that will appear, select where you’d want the new shortcut to be placed: Desktop, Start menu and/or Pin to Taskbar, and click the Create button to finish.

Create application shortcut - Dialog box

To create an application shortcut from apps installed in Google Chrome, do the following:

1.  Open a new Tab (in Windows, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T to open a new Tab).

2.  From the list of installed apps, right-click and select Create shortcut.

Google Chrome - Application shortcut from app

3.   In the dialog box that will appear, select where you’d want the new shortcut to be placed: Desktop, Start menu and/or Pin to Taskbar, and click the Create button to finish.

This is how an application shortcut looks like:

Google Chrome - Application shortcut created

What is really nice about these application shortcuts is that when you click or double-click one of them (depending where you have placed the shortcut), Google Chrome will open a different window that it doesn’t have tabs, address bar, buttons or menus (see the above image). The only way to access some common page options is by right-clicking the page logo in the top-left corner of the window.

Not only you will have a faster access and a more personalized experience on the websites you visit more frequently, but also having a clean window will help you be more focus on the content you are viewing and when, for example, you are composing text.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.