Google Chrome has completely taken over the throne to the most used browser worldwide, though not precisely for lack of competition or worthwhile alternatives. Firefox is experiencing one of its best stages, finally with the arrival of multiprocess. Opera is becoming more interesting and presents unique features, such as integrated messaging services.
And, they are not the only ones. New alternatives like Safari demonstrate that there is still much to innovate in the field of browsers. And yet, many of us, knowing this we stay in Chrome despite its inordinate consumption of resources that Google continues to promise to solve, but we get old waiting for it to happen.
One of the Best Chrome features few people take advantage of
Personally, the only reason I’m currently using Chrome as my primary browser is for this one thing. That is adding web applications and pages to the desktop and opening them as separate windows. This way you can add any webapp to the desktop or to the taskbar as if they were individual apps.
These windows have their own icon that you can change by the one that you like best. You can run the apps in their own window, without address bar, buttons, extensions, or bookmarks.
It is especially useful not to clutter Chrome tabs and have to wade through all the pile we open to find the ones we need to keep open all the time.
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You can do it with any Chrome application that appears on chrome://apps/. You can do it with any webapp that you have open at that moment in a tab, or you can do it with any web page. You could create your own “Alltop9 webapp” if you wanted to. Add it to the Windows desktop or taskbar, and if you use Linux, you can anchor it in your dock.
This feature, unfortunately, does not exist in any of the other modern web browsers like Firefox, Opera, Safari, or even Edge, although several are based on Chrome.
If we consider that some hidden “native” applications such as Slack or Spotify are full instances of Chrome thanks to the widespread use of Electron, it is even stupid to install such apps if you already use Chrome and you will have the same high consumption of Resources in your system.
In addition to this, with the domain of web technologies, less and fewer services are dedicated to creating native applications for all systems, and we have to resort to web apps always.
In my case it happens to me with Asana, Trello and Tweetdeck, to mention the most important ones. With this feature of Chrome I believe the “illusion” that I have independent apps, and not only that, I can manage their windows separately, outside the disaster of tabs that I must open daily. This is just Awesome, isn’t it?
How to use “Add to Desktop” feature in Google Chrome to add web pages to our desktop
To experience this wonderful feature you need to follow the below steps.
Step 1: Open your Google Chrome browser and open any of the websites you daily visit, or the one you want to add to your desktop.
Step 2: Go to the three dots at the top right corner of your Chrome browser.
Step 3: Once you click on it, you will see the different option, select “More Tools” option.
Step 4: There you will get few other options with the main one that is “Add to desktop”. Click on that option.
- See the below image for the clear vision of above four steps.
Step 5: Once you click on the Add to Desktop option, you will be asked to save it. If you want to open it as a window, you can check the option “Open as Window” as shown in the below image and click on Add option.
- This is how it looks once you have added that website to your desktop.
Step 6: You can Pin it to the taskbar as if it were a separate Chrome app.
- Once you pinned the application to your taskbar, you can use it like a regular browser or an app.
This is the amazing feature where we can use all our favourite apps or websites through our desktop. This option will save more time and very easy to use. What do you think about this feature? Share your views on the same in the below comment section.
If you have ever used this feature, let us know your experiences with us through your comments. If you know any other Google Chrome tricks, you can write us through our mail (which is in contact us page) or you can write them in the below comments. We will use them in our system and include them in this article in the next update.
Which Google Chrome feature attracted you to stay with it in the longer run?