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How to Add Custom Shortcuts to Your Chromebook App Launcher

Shortcuts for apps and plugins on your Chromebook are automatically installed in the app launcher (also called the Shelf) when they are first downloaded, giving users a very convenient way to access their favorite downloads. Unfortunately, your favorite websites don't show up there automatically.

Fortunately, you can add your favorites to this window, as long as you know how.

1. Open the webpage in Chrome, such as ESPN.com, the example I'm using here.

2. Click the Menu icon.

3. Select More Tools.

4. Click Add to shelf.

You've added a shortcut to the shelf (also known as the app launcher!)

Also use Windows 10? Check out our walkthrough for how to create website shortcuts on your desktop with Chrome.

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Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.