The latest versions of Google Chrome OS include an app launcher that let you open Chrome web apps without first firing up a web browser window. But you don’t need a Chromebook to use that menu. You can also create a shortcut to a Chrome web app launcher on a PC running Windows.
Update: It looks like this feature may be coming soon as a standard component of the Chrome web browser.
All you need is a PC with the Google Chrome web browser installed. Then follow these steps:
- Open your Start Menu and navigate to the Google Chrome icon.
- Right-click on the icon and select “copy.”
- Go to your Desktop (or any directory), right-click, and choose “paste shortcut.” This will place a shortcut for Chrome on your desktop.
- Next, right-click on the new shortcut on your desktop and select “properties” from the context menu.
- In the “target” section, go to the end of the line and add “-show-app-list” (without quotes).
- Click the “apply” button.
That’s it. Now when you double-click the shortcut, it will bring up an app launcher with a built-in search box. You can use this to go straight to the web app of your choice or to start a Google search.
On Windows 7, you can also right-click the icon and pin it to your Start Menu.
via Chrome Story