Turning favorite sites into web apps

Turning favorite sites into web apps

Create Standalone Web Apps with Chrome

Is your web browser overflowing with tabs? Do you have trouble discerning which tab is which? If you’re like me, you probably have a ton of tabs open in your web browser, making it challenging to manage. Tab management features may not always work well, and sometimes, you’d rather have certain sites as their own apps in separate windows for quick access.

Luckily, if you use the Chrome browser, there’s a feature that can turn any website you use into what appears like a standalone application, isolated from the browser, in its own window. This means you can access the site quickly from your desktop menu without all the clutter of a typical browser interface.

The Power of Chrome’s Web App Creation Feature

Chrome’s ability to create web apps has two major advantages that make it worthwhile. Firstly, it allows you to create standalone apps that you can access directly from your desktop menu, streamlining your workflow. Secondly, there are still websites that perform better in Chrome than in any other browser, making this feature invaluable.

To use this excellent feature, all you need is the Chrome browser installed on any desktop operating system. Now, let’s dive into how you can create your first web app with Chrome.

Step 1: Open Chrome and Navigate to the Website

Start by opening Chrome and navigating to the site you want to turn into a web app. For example, if you have your own WordPress blog, you might point Chrome to http://yourblogURL/wp-admin.

Step 2: Create the Web App

Once the site is loaded in Chrome, click the three-button menu in the top-right corner of the Chrome window. From there, select “More tools” > “Create shortcut.”

Creating your first web app in Chrome

Step 3: Name Your Web App

In the popup that appears, give your web app shortcut a memorable, yet short, name. This name is how it will be labeled in your desktop menu. Next, make sure to click the checkbox for “Open as window,” which strips away all the typical browser features like toolbars and address bars. Once you’ve completed these steps, click “Create” to finish.

Give your web app a memorable name

Step 4: Check that the Site Opens in Its Own Window

After clicking “Create,” the site will open in its own window. You can now use it as though it was its own app on your desktop computer. When you close it, you can easily reopen the app from your desktop menu by searching for the name you gave it when creating the shortcut.

Using web apps created with Chrome is incredibly convenient. It saves you from cluttering your tab bar and allows you to access specific sites without the traditional browser interface. This feature is especially helpful for infrequently visited websites or those that require dedicated attention.

Give this feature a try and see if you don’t find yourself using more and more web apps on your desktop. Chrome’s web app creation feature truly enhances your browsing experience.