The majority of apps for Google Chrome are nothing more than links pointing to web pages. The YouTube, Chrome Web Store and Google Drive apps that are installed by default are nothing more than that for example, and while there are certainly apps out there that have more to offer than that, it shows that you need to spend some time browsing apps in the store to find some that do more than that.
If you are using apps actively you probably know that you can create app shortcuts to open them faster. The feature is available for all web browsers. To use it, simply right-click on any app on the new tab page of the browser that you are using and select the create shortcuts option from the context menu. Here you also find other useful preferences including the link target when you open the app (regular or pinned tab, window, or full screen).
A prompt is displayed on the screen if you select the create shortcuts option from the context menu.
Chrome can place the shortcut in three different locations if you are using Windows. The locations may differ depending on the operating system that you are using.
You can pin app shortcuts to the desktop, start menu or pin them to the taskbar. The third option is for instance not available if you are running Windows XP, as the operating system does not support the taskbar pinning feature at all.
Apps that you have pinned to the start menu where always displayed individually in the past. This has changed in the most recent Chromium version. Google is now creating a dedicated folder in the start menu for all apps that you pin to it. The links are no longer scattered around but placed in the Chromium apps folder there.
The feature is currently only available in Chromium, and it is possible that the folder will be renamed to Chrome apps when it lands in the web browser. You can still move the shortcuts out of the folder if you prefer them to be available somewhere else.
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