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Chrome App Launcher Menu - Enable and Pin to Taskbar in Windows

How to Enable and Pin Chrome App Launcher to Windows Taskbar
Published by Golden
24 Mar 2013
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How to Enable and Pin Chrome App Launcher to Windows Taskbar

information   Information
Google web applications such as Google Mail, Google Drive etc. are usually accessed from the Chrome browser using either direct links or extensions added to the browser.

This tutorial will show you how to enable and then add the Chrome App Launcher menu to the Windows taskbar.

Steps:

1. Open a Chrome tab, type the code shown below, in the address bar and then press Enter.
Code:
chrome://flags
2. From the Chrome flags page that opens, scroll down and locate Show Chrome Apps Launcher. Click Enable to turn on this option, and close Chrome.
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3. Locate the Chrome Apps Launcher pinned on the taskbar. When you click it, you will see all the Google apps you use. Clicking one of these, opens that app up directly in Chrome.

If Chrome is already open, selecting an app from the launcher causes Chrome to open a new tab and launch that app - there is no need to open a new tab before doing that.
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Tip   Tip
If you no longer wish to use the app launcher menu, simple return to the chrome://flags page and click Disable and restart Chrome to turn off the flag. This will automatically remove the app launcher from the Windows taskbar.

Regards,
Golden
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24 Mar 2013   #1
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Awesome. Thanks Golden. I'll have to tinker around with this. I do like the Windows 7 & W8 FB pages idea.

Hmm. It seems when you enable this, opening a new tab no longer has the app page option available. It just has the sites most visited page...That may be a security concern for some folk. I know it is for me Any ideas on how this can be altered to allow both apps on the taskbar & apps on new tab page?

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25 Mar 2013   #2
Golden

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Thanks Harvey Dent.

Each time you select an app from the launcher, it automatically opens a new tab and loads the app - are you saying you don't see that behavior?

Regards,
Golden
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25 Mar 2013   #3
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Thanks Harvey Dent.

Each time you select an app from the launcher, it automatically opens a new tab and loads the app - are you saying you don't see that behavior?

Regards,
Golden
I'm getting that behavior just fine. I'm saying when you enable this feature, opening a new tab only offers the most visited tab page:

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25 Mar 2013   #4
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Ah yes, I see what you mean now. I'll try and work out how to prevent that (assuming its possible). Please subscribe to this tutorial so you are notified at my next reply.
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25 Mar 2013   #5
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Ah yes, I see what you mean now. I'll try and work out how to prevent that (assuming its possible). Please subscribe to this tutorial so you are notified at my next reply.
Yeah I would've kept this feature enabled had it not done that lol. Thanks man
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25 Mar 2013   #6
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Harvey, whilst I have a bit of a deeper dig around, you can use this extension to always force a blank new tab - I have tested this and it works perfectly.

Give it a try:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...filij?hl=en-US

In case you've never added extensions, read this:

Chrome Browser - Add Extensions
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25 Mar 2013   #7
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Harvey, whilst I have a bit of a deeper dig around, you can use this extension to always force a blank new tab - I have tested this and it works perfectly.

Give it a try:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...filij?hl=en-US

In case you've never added extensions, read this:

Chrome Browser - Add Extensions
I don't like that approach lol. I prefer the app page.
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25 Mar 2013   #8
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I've always used the app page but I like this, Thanks Golden
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25 Mar 2013   #9
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Thanks Dude!
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