How to Add Custom Shortcuts to Your Chromebook App Launcher

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screenshot 2018 01 29 at 3.13.55 pmShortcuts 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.

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2. Click the Menu icon.image 2096041517257603

3. Select More Tools.image 2096041517257673

4. Click Add to shelf.

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

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Henry T. Casey
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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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