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- Open the Chrome browser on your Mac and visit the website that you want to add the shortcut to. Once the website loads in Chrome browser, select the the entire URL to the website in the Address bar of Chrome browser. Next, click and drag the URL address to the Mac desktop. This will create a shortcut to the website on the desktop of your Mac.
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Google Chrome’s ability to create desktop shortcuts for websites is an incredibly useful feature. You get to open sites in dedicated Chrome windows, and they also give off the impression of functioning like actual Windows or macOS apps. Ideal if you hate messing around with tabs.
However, you may run into specific issues when using Chrome’s Create Shortcut functionality. For example, certain shortcuts that you create will launch in normal Chrome windows, complete with tabs and the address bar visible. Or you may find the option grayed out and unusable.
That said, let’s take a look at several fixes that can help you get this vital feature rolling in the right direction.Important:
Before proceeding, make sure to update Chrome to the latest version. To do that, open the Chrome menu, point to Help, and then click About Google Chrome.
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Chrome’s Create Shortcut functionality is easy to use. However, you must configure the browser to open the website in its dedicated window (without tabs and the address bar) during the creation process. Otherwise, any shortcut that you create will open in normal Chrome windows by default.
After loading a website, open the Chrome menu, point to Tools, and then click Create Shortcut.
On the pop-up box that shows up, make sure to check the box next to Open As Window.Important:
If you don’t see the Open As Window option, you must update Chrome to the latest version and then retry. Google removed this option in Chrome version 69, and then subsequently re-added it in version 72. Hence, you must use Chrome v72 or higher.
Click the Create button to create the shortcut. You can now open the website in its own dedicated Chrome window (without the address bar) whenever you double-click it via the desktop.Tip:
Use the ellipsis icon (three-dotted) to the upper-right corner of the window to access your extensions, view site settings, and more.
Configure Pre-Existing Shortcuts to Disable Address Bar and Tabs
If you’ve already created the shortcuts, you don’t have to go through this process. The app launcher in Chrome should let you reconfigure how the shortcuts function quite easily.
Start by typing chrome://apps into the Chrome address bar. You will then see a list of all the website shortcuts that you’ve created using Chrome over time.
Simply right-click the shortcut that you want to open in a dedicated Chrome window (with no tabs and address bar visible), and then click Open as Window.
Now head back to your desktop, and then double-click the shortcut. And voila! It should open in its dedicated window.
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Fix Create Shortcut Option Grayed Out Issue
At times, you will find the Create Shortcut option grayed out. That happens if you are using an Incognito window or a Guest window in Chrome. To resolve the issue, you must use a normal Chrome window.
To switch to normal browsing mode while in Incognito mode, open the Chrome menu, and then click New Window. Load the website that you want to create a shortcut to, and you should be able to access the Create Shortcut option without issues.
To get out of Guest mode, click the Guest profile icon, and then click Exit Guest. Once again, load the website in a normal Chrome window, and you can then access the Create Shortcut option once again.
However, the Create Shortcut option will still appear grayed out on new tab pages or in Chrome’s internal pages (such as the Settings page). Chrome restricts you from creating shortcuts to these pages by design.
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Fix Website Shortcut Not Showing On Desktop Issue
Shortcuts For Mac Chrome Settings
If the shortcut to a website doesn’t show up on your PC or Mac, it’s relatively easy to fix the issue. Start by visiting the Chrome app launcher (type chrome://apps into the address bar). Right-click the shortcut, and then select Create Shortcuts on the context menu.
Check the box next to Desktop, and then click Create. You should then find the shortcut present within the desktop again.
If the shortcut fails to appear, you must then delete the shortcut and create it anew. To do that, right-click the shortcut within the Apps Launcher, and then click Remove From Chrome.
Afterward, load the website within a normal Chrome window, and then recreate the shortcut — make sure to check the Open As Window option if you want the shortcut to open in a dedicated Chrome window.
Bonus Tip — Installing Progressive Web Apps
Starting with Chrome version 70, the browser now lets you install certain websites as progressive web apps. Otherwise known as PWAs, these 'apps' work similarly to ordinary website shortcuts, but feature bolstered functionality such as notification support and faster load times.
After loading a website, check for a ‘+’-shaped icon to the right corner of the address bar. If you see one, click it, and then click Install.
By default, 'installing' PWAs will configure the shortcuts to launch in their dedicated windows, which lets you skip the additional step of checking off the Open As Window box when using the Create Shortcut option.
However, do remember that you will not see this option on the majority of websites — if that’s the case, then you must use the Create Shortcut option instead.Tip:
Just like with ordinary shortcuts, you can use Chrome's app launcher to manage progressive web apps as well.
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Pick Your Shortcut
Website shortcuts are incredibly convenient. Getting them to work in their dedicated window will help you focus on the task at hand and improve productivity. However, do look out for the PWA versions of sites. Installing them is not only far more convenient, but they are also a blast to work with.
Next up: Got those shortcuts up and running again the way you want? The next post shares seven other Chrome tricks to boost productivity.
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Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys used with the Google Chrome Internet browser. See the computer shortcuts page if you are looking for shortcut keys used in other programs.Note
If you are using Chrome on a Mac computer, use the Command key instead of the Ctrl key where applicable.Tip
We also have a full list of shortcuts specific to Chromebooks on our Chromebook shortcut keys page.
|Alt+Home||Open your homepage.|
|Alt+Left Arrow||Back a page.|
|Alt+Right Arrow||Forward a page.|
|F11||Display the current website in full-screen mode. Pressing F11 again will exit this mode.|
|Esc||Stop loading the page or a download from loading.|
|Ctrl+(- or +)||Zoom in or out of a page, '-' will zoom out and '+' will zoom in on the page.|
|Ctrl+1-8||Pressing Ctrl and any number 1 through 8 moves to the corresponding tab in your tab bar.|
|Ctrl+9||Switch to last tab.|
|Ctrl+0||Reset browser zoom to default.|
|Ctrl+Enter||This combination is used to quickly complete an address. For example, type 'computerhope' in the address bar and press Ctrl+Enter to get https://www.computerhope.com.|
|Ctrl+Shift+Del||Open the Clear browsing data window to quickly clear private data.|
|Ctrl+Shift+B||Toggle the bookmarks bar between hidden and shown.|
|Ctrl+A||Select everything on a page.|
|Ctrl+D||Add a bookmark for the page currently opened.|
|Ctrl+F||Open the 'find' bar to search text on the current page.|
|Ctrl+O||Open a file in the browser.|
|Ctrl+Shift+O||Open the Bookmark manager.|
|Ctrl+H||Open browser history in a new tab.|
|Ctrl+J||Display the downloads window.|
|Ctrl+K or Ctrl+E||Moves your text cursor to the omnibox so that you can begin typing your search query and perform a Google search.|
|Ctrl+L, Alt+D||Move the cursor to the browser address bar and highlight everything in it.|
|Ctrl+N||Open New browser window.|
|Ctrl+Shift+N||Open a new window in incognito (private) mode.|
|Ctrl+P||Print current page or frame.|
|Ctrl+R or F5||Refresh the current page or frame.|
|Ctrl+S||Opens the Save As window to save the current page.|
|Ctrl+T||Opens a new tab.|
|Ctrl+U||View a web page's source code.|
|Ctrl+W||Closes the current tab.|
|Ctrl+Shift+W||Closes the currently selected window.|
|Ctrl+Shift+T||This combination reopens the last tab you've closed. If you've closed multiple tabs, you can press this shortcut key multiple times to restore each of the closed tabs.|
|Ctrl+Tab||Moves through each of the open tabs going to the right.|
|Ctrl+Shift+Tab||Moves through each of the open tabs going to the left.|
|Ctrl+Left-click||Open a link in a new tab in the background.|
|Ctrl+Shift Left-click||Open a link in a new tab and switch to the new tab.|
|Ctrl+Page Down||Open the browser tab to the right.|
|Ctrl+Page Up||Open the browser tab to the left.|
|Spacebar||Moves down a page at a time.|
|Shift+Spacebar||Moves up a page at a time.|
|Home||Go to top of page.|
|End||Go to bottom of page.|
|Alt+Down Arrow||Display all previous text entered in a text box and available options on a drop-down menu.|