Create Web Page Shortcuts in Google Chrome for Windows

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This tutorial is only intended for users running the Google Chrome web browser on Windows operating systems.

Google Chrome gives you the ability to create shortcuts to your favorite websites by adding them to your desktop or elsewhere. These shortcuts are unique in the fact that they can be configured to open web pages in standalone windows without any menus, tabs, or other standard browser components.

This window is similar to that of an app found in the Chrome Web Store. They can also be configured to open as a standard web page in a new browser tab. The standalone window option is not available in all versions of Windows.

Creating these shortcuts is easy and can be done in just a few quick steps. First, open your Chrome browser. Click on the main menu button, located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window and represented by three vertically-aligned dots. When the drop-down menu appears, hover your mouse over the More tools option. When the sub-menu appears, click on the option labeled Add to desktop or Create application shortcuts (the available option may vary based on your operating system).

Add to Desktop / Create Application Shortcuts

Chrome's Add to Desktop or Create application shortcuts dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. Information is shown about the current page, including its icon and title.

One or more checkboxes are also provided on earlier versions of Windows, allowing you to specify the locations that you wish to place these shortcuts. Once you are satisfied with the settings, click on the Add or Create button. Your shortcut should now be accessible in the location(s) that you chose.