One of the key features of Windows 8 is the new Start Screen which provides nice big shortcuts to your apps, settings, and other features using the new Windows Metro user interface. But it’s not just reserved for apps installed on your computer. You can also add shortcuts to web apps.

Chrome apps in Windows 8

The folks at Chrome Story noticed that it’s easy to pin any web app from the Chrome web store to the start screen.

All you have to do is fire up your Google Chrome web browser, find the app you want in the New Tab page, and then:

  • Right-click on the app and choose the option to “Create Shortcut.”
  • Check the box that says Desktop.
  • Go to your Windows desktop and right-click on the shortcut.
  • Now choose the option that says “Pin to Start.”

That’s it. Now you should be able to fire up a Google Chrome window with quick access to Gmail, YouTube, Angry Birds, or any other Chrome web app from the start screen.

The only problem is that Windows won’t give you a big, attractive icon. Instead you’ll see a gray square with a tiny icon and the name of the web app.

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 16,207 other subscribers