So many programs go from what you install on your computer to a web application that you run in your browser. This is a move that is caused by the fact that more and more people in the world have access to high-speed Internet at speeds of over 10 Mbps.
Another factor contributing to this is that server-based power is becoming more common and cheaper to use. Between these two conditions, conditions are created for web applications to become the standard.
Web application problem
However, there is one big problem that web applications face – the browser. If your Microsoft Word desktop also had a web address bar, a bookmark bar, lots of displayed extensions, and a row of tabs at the top, you would probably be very disappointed with the mess. This is exactly what happens with web applications in the browser.
The situation is aggravated if you want other websites to open at the same time, so you have multiple web applications running in the same browser on different tabs.
Less problem is to open your browser and click on your web app’s bookmark to simply launch it.
Create a web application that works like a desktop application
There is a way to fix these problems and enjoy your web application as much as you like the desktop version. Let’s take a look at how to do this.
What you need
What you will need
You will need to set Google Chrome as your default browser. It can be downloaded from https://www.google.com/chrome/ At the time of this writing, we only knew of one browser that works with this. If you would like to use this feature on your favorite browser, go to its home page and find a way to request it.
You will also need the web address or URL of a frequently used web application. For our purposes, we will use the Google Messages for Web application. If you have an Android phone, you should consider using Internet Messaging. This is a great way to send and receive text messages on your computer. Visit https://messages.android.com/
Things to do
Steps to take
Open Windows Explorer. The fastest way to do this is to hold down the Windows key and press the E key on your keyboard.
Navigate to where Chrome is installed on your computer. It will most likely be in: C: Program Files (x86) Google Chrome Application. If you can’t find it there, search for Chrome.exe in Windows Explorer.
Right-click the chrome.exe file and select Create Shortcut.
You will most likely receive the error â€œWindows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop? Â» Select Yes.
Go to your desktop and find the shortcut. It will look like the following image.
Right-click the shortcut and select Properties. A new window will open.
The shortcut properties window should open with focus on the shortcut tab and in the target: field. Here we will add a flag that makes your web application open in a Windows-like window without unnecessary browser noise. Move the cursor to the end of the text that is already in the field.
Now enter the following: â€“app = https: //messages.android.com/. Note that there are two dashes before app. â€“App tells Chrome to open without an address bar, bookmarks, or other items.
The = https: //messages.android.com part tells Chrome to open directly to that website or web app. You can replace this address with the web address of any web application you like. Click Apply.
It is recommended that you change the name of the shortcut so you can easily identify it as the one that opens your web application. In the Shortcut Properties window, go to the General tab.
At the top of the tab, you will see the name is set as chrome.exe – Shortcut. Remove that and enter the name of your web app. Click the “OK” button at the bottom of this window.
Now double click this shortcut and enjoy your web application in a nice large open window.
This is how you can force any web application to open like a Windows application. You can pin this shortcut to the taskbar or move it to the Start menu so you can access it wherever you want.
If you want to take it a step further, you can even change the icon for your shortcut to match the web app instead of Chrome’s default icon. Read the next article for details on how to do this.