Stop losing your webmail!

If you are like me you have come to rely on the ubiquitous simplicity of your web-based email. Gmail in my case. The only thing that bugs me about using Gmail is that it tends to get lost in the billions of open tabs I have across multiple browser windows. The one good thing about using Thunderbird or Outlook is that there is a dedicated application for it you can usually find easily.

Well, I stumbled across a very elegant solution to this problem in Chrome today. I thought I’d share. Its called Application Shortcut. It lets you pick a webpage and save a shortcut to your desktop and taskbar that when used, launches your Gmail (or any other site) as a standalone minimal window that doesn’t get lost in the sea of other browser tabs or windows. It works really well.

Here are the instructions from Google’s help page on how to configure it.

You can create application shortcuts to websites that you regularly visit, as well as select apps that you’ve installed from the Chrome Web Store. These shortcuts can be placed on your computer desktop and menus for quick and easy access.

Create shortcuts for apps installed from Chrome Web Store

  1. Click the new tab icon at the top of the browser window to open the New Tab page.
  2. Right-click an app icon in the App section of the page.
  3. Select Create shortcuts.
  4. In the dialog that appears, choose where you’d like the shortcuts to be placed on your computer.
  5. Click Create.

Create shortcuts for other apps

You can also create desktop shortcuts for other websites and apps you regularly use, even if they’re not installed from the Chrome Web Store. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Create application shortcuts.
  4. In the dialog that appears, choose where you’d like the shortcuts to be placed on your computer.
  5. Click Create.

When you double-click a shortcut icon, the app opens in a special streamlined window that doesn’t display tabs, buttons, the address bar, or menus. To access common page options, click the page logo in the top left corner of the window.

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