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November 8, 2012

The Chrome App Launcher

A cool feature from Chrome OS is now ported to Chrome for Windows: the app launcher. For now, it's only available in Chromium, but it will soon make its way to Chrome's dev channel. To enable it, open a new tab, enter this address: chrome://flags, press Enter, scroll to the bottom of the page, click "Enable" next to "Show Chromium Apps Launcher" and restart the browser.

You should see a new icon in the taskbar for a launcher that includes the apps you've installed from the Chrome Web Store and a search box that works just like Chrome's Omnibox. The app launcher is great because it's there even if Chrome's windows have been closed and it's a faster way to open an app, perform a search or go to any other site. You can also use it for simple calculations and unit conversions. It reminds me of the Google Quick Search Box and a similar feature from Google Desktop.

{ via Chrome Story }


  1. Can't wait for this to hit Chrome proper. Looks like an awesome tool I'd use a whole lot on Win7

  2. The same as on Chrome OS, love how there making all the Chromes the same. You can enable a flag on Chrome that you can search for Contacts in the search box.

  3. Hmm, what does it look like on Windows XP? (Yes, I know I need to upgrade.)

  4. Please tell if they sneak it in the stable version of Chrome :-)

  5. I couldn't open the program. instructions?


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