The start screen is one of the main attractions of Windows 8. It’s beautiful and live tiles on the Start screen update in real-time to provide all the information you care about. You can view the weather, mail, your calendar, social media updates, and photo albums from just one place.
One can not only access Metro-style apps from the Start screen but also launch legacy Windows applications. Windows 8 also lets you pin your favorite programs and folders to the Start so you can quickly access your programs and folders. In one of our earlier posts titled How to pin folders to the Start screen, we have covered how to easily pin a folder to the Start screen.
In this article, we will show you how to pin your favorite Chrome web apps to the Start screen so you can launch a web app right from the Start screen without actually opening your Google Chrome browser. For instance, you can pin YouTube, Chrome Web Store, Google Search, and Gmail apps to the Start screen for quick access.
So, how to pin a Chrome web app to the Start screen? Just follow the instructions given below:
Step 1: First of all, visit the Chrome Web Store in your Google Chrome browser, browse the gallery, and then install your favorite apps.
Step 2: Once installed, you will see new apps in the Chrome new tab page. Right-click on the app that you wish to pin to the Start screen and click Create shortcut. This action will open a small dialog box, asking where to place the application shortcut.
Step 3: Select the Start menu and then click the Create button. You are done! Switch to the Start screen to see the new shortcut. Just click on the shortcut to launch your favorite web app in the Chrome browser.
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