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5 secret Chrome app launcher tips and tricks that speed up everyday tasks

Derek Walter | March 30, 2015
The Chrome app launcher is more than a glorified version of the Windows start menu. It packs a surprising amount of Google-y power that can speed up a wide variety of tasks on a Chromebook--and Windows, if you install the Chrome launcher.

Right-clicking on an app in the launcher can also help you perform some regular maintenance, such as fully removing the app from Chrome. If you click App Info, you'll get geeky developer stats and can also designate whether you want the app always to open as a regular tab, a pinned tab, in its own window, or maximized.

Sync your app folders

Just like on a smartphone, Chrome's app launcher lets you drag and drop your apps into folders for a tidier approach. Your folders don't carry over to other computers, however — unless you manually enable a Chrome flag that lets you sync your setup across multiple Chromebooks, as well as Windows PCs and Macs that have the Chrome app launcher installed.

To enable this, type chrome://flags in the omnibox. Then, look for the flag labeled enable-sync-app-list. Next time you sign in to a friend's Chromebook or pick up a new one, you won't have to reorganize where your apps live in the launcher.


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