How to Run Any Chrome App as a Desktop Apps in Windows 10

Previously on my Windows8.1 Machine, I installed Google Keep from Chrome Application Store. Chrome automatically set the app as my Desktop Application. After I installed Windows 10, it didn't happened automatically. I didn't  see Google Keep installed on my machine. So I did a small tweak from which I will now onward use my Chrome browser to run an instance of my desired chrome app from Desktop only. I wont need to open Chrome and type the url time and again.



Following are the steps to Create Shortcuts of the Chrome Apps, which lets us browse standalone apps as our new desktop Apps.

  • Right Click your Desktop
  • Add New Shortcut
    Add this path to the interface shown below:
    "C:\Program Files(x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app="https://keep.google.com"
    What this does is, it uses the Chrome Application installed on your local machine and provides an instance to launch Google Keep.
  • Next name the application as Google Keep or simply Keep as your wish.
  • Save it.
  • You will now see a new shortcut icon of chrome on your desktop like shown below:
This icon is little confusing. It would be better if you could get the Google Keep Icon for Keep. Otherwise you will be confused when you will try to open chromium browser next time. So this is quite simple. All you need to do is:
  • Right Click your Shortcut that you recently made.
  • Click to the properties.
  • There you can see Change Icon
  • Download the Google Keep Icon and locate that icon.
  • Save it
And here we are with separate icon for separate app. This small tweak is valid for every chrome apps.All you need to do is change the url of the app in this particular section: "C:\Program Files(x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app=keep.google.com. Instead of keep.google.com you can replace it with pictures.google.com or contacts.google.com as you wish.

Here you can see I created five new Desktop Apps i.e. linked Chrome Apps as shortcuts which are now browsable as desktop apps on my Windows 10 Machine.
Regarding Memory usage:  I find out that all apps ran independently are threaded inside chrome app in Task Manager and consume memories which is managed by Chrome itself.

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