How to Create Web App Shortcuts on ChromeOS for Sites That Don’t Have PWAs

We never tire of singing the praises of a well-done PWA, as it once again proves that Progressive Web Apps are the future of the open web. Unfortunately, however, not every website you use has a one-click PWA available or is even listed on the Play Store to easily add to your Chromebook. So what can you do when this happens? Well, you can create your own web application shortcut. It won’t be a proper PWA as it won’t include all the native app-like features that PWAs are known to provide, but it will guide you when you just want a quick way to access said app and don’t not having to snoop around in your bookmarks.

Creation of the application shortcut

pull the website you want to create a shortcut for, then click the three-dot menu at the top right of the browser window. From there, select “More tools,” then “To create a shortcut.” You should then see a pop-up window asking you to confirm that you want to continue creating this shortcut. This is your chance to rname the app and select if desired open in its own standalone windowotherwise, the application will open in a browser tab.

I just want the steps!

  1. Open the site for which you want to create a shortcut on your browser
  2. Click on the browser three dot menu
  3. Select More tools > Create shortcut
  4. Rename your app and click “Open as window”

Find your newly created shortcut

List of applications in tablet and clamshell mode

Once your shortcut is created, you can find it in your apps list, both in tablet and clamshell mode. It is usually placed in the highest place or in alphabetical order if you have already applied a sort order. Once you open the app, you’ll notice that it opens in its own window, just like a regular web app, and you can resize and reposition the window to your liking.