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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UBUNTU DESKTOP WALLPAPER TWEAKS

Can you Set a picture of yours as default Ubuntu Desktop Wallpaper?

Well, setting a picture of yours as a wallpaper is totally different then setting default images as wallpaper.That picture of yours after it is deleted or moved in another location, your wallpaper either gets blank or some default images are set as wallpaper.

So in order to set your image as default image you should  work on following steps:
I have tried this tweak  on both 12.04 LTS and 14.04LTS and it works absolutely fine.
  1. First copy your image to /usr/share/backgrounds/ Do this from terminal using root prompt or do it from Nautilus  typing nautilus in terminal, so that you will not face permission denial.
  2. Edit  the XML file /usr/share/backgrounds/contents/trusty.xml and paste this code:
Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format which is both human-readable and machine-readable. It is defined by the W3C's XML 1.0 Specification[2] and by several other related specifications,[3] all of which are free open standards.[4]  (Definition referenced from Wkipedia)

<static>
    <duration>1795.0</duration>
    <file>/usr/share/backgrounds/Aurora_500PX.jpg</file>
  </static>
  <transition>
    <duration>5.0</duration>
    <from>/usr/share/backgrounds/Aurora_500PX.jpg</from>
    <to>/usr/share/backgrounds/Reflections_by_Trenton_Fox.jpg</to>
  </transition>

Instead of Aurora_500PX.jpg keep your filename.

     3. Edit file /usr/share/gnome-background-properties/trusty-wallpapers.xml

<wallpaper>
    <name>AURORA 500PX</name>
    <filename>/usr/share/backgrounds/Aurora_500PX.jpg</filename>
    <options>zoom</options>
    <pcolor>#000000</pcolor>
    <scolor>#000000</scolor>
    <shade_type>solid</shade_type>
  </wallpaper>

Edit your filename instead of Aurora_500PX.jpg




Default Ubuntu Wallpapers

Look there are fourteen default wallpapers in Ubuntu. Our purpose is to set our image in that list so that next time we won't have any problem even we lose the picture or move it to another location. 


You can see the image selected with red rectangle and its thumbnail inside the monitor on your left which is the AURORA Borealis  downloaded from 500PX.com
And you can even see I have messed up with images duplication.