Turn Any Site Into a Chromebook Shortcut in Seconds
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Though your Chromebook holds lots of powerful shortcuts, don’t forget about the Shelf. This awesome feature is an equivalent to the Windows taskbar and includes the functionality to pin your most-used items for easy access.

Thankfully, you aren’t limited to just Chrome apps on your Shelf. To add a shortcut to any website, browse to it and click the three-bar menu in the top-right of Chrome. Choose More Tools > Add to Shelf and type a name for the site shortcut.

The Open as Window box will launch the shortcut in its own browser window when enabled — this makes it feel more like a dedicated program than a Chrome shortcut, so you might want to enable it. If you disable it, clicking the shortcut will just open the site in Chrome.

Now you can have quick access to any site, even if it doesn’t have a dedicated Chrome app. Potential candidates for this are Spotify’s Web Player (since there’s no dedicated version of Spotify for Chrome OS), Pandora, Slack, or even Reddit.

If you change your mind later, just right-click the Shelf icon and choose Unpin to remove it, or toggle the Open as Window option to whichever way you like. Don’t forget there are other ways to speed up your Chromebook experience, too!

What sites will you pin to your Shelf? Let us know how you plan to use this feature in a comment!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Will be making the most this tip!

    Cheers guys.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Glad you can use it! Thanks for the comment! :)