Chrome has the useful ability to open a web page that opens in a new tab. Or, rather, it did not update this functionality on Windows and macOS.
We can not tell you why Google decided that it's just ChromeOS devices you're upset at its loss, you're not alone. Impromptu web apps easy to open and manage.
But there's a way to get them back, at least for the moment. Here's how.
Step One: Use Applicationize.me
Applicationize.me turns any standard website into a downloadable CRX file, which can then be "installed" in Chrome as if it were a Chrome extension. It's not-the "app" just wants to be the website you choose, in its own thin window with a link. But it's a useful little hack of nonetheless.
Note that normally, we advise users to be wary of unnecessary browser extensions and applications. itself is not dangerous, of course).
To get this done, open the site you want to use as at "Open as window" link, then open Applicationize.me in a new tab. "WEB APP URL."
Click the web button that says "GENERATE & DOWNLOAD CHROME EXTENSION." A CRX
Step Two: Install the CRX File
Now open another tab in Chrome, and go to the address
chrome: // extensions .
If you have not already enabled it, enable the "Developer mode" switch in the top right corner .
Drag and drop the CRX file from your desktop onto the Extensions tab. Click "Add App" in the confirmation window.
Step Three: Create the Shortcut
Now open another new tab, this time going to
Chrome: // apps .
Right-click the new icon, then click "Create shortcuts." In Windows, it wants to ask what you want them on the desktop, Start Menu, or both. For our example, we'll use the desktop, but it does not matter which you choose. On macOS, it wants to download the "Chrome apps" folder, which should open automatically.
Now when you double-click the shortcut, it will open the site you chose in its own window, with no address bar or other user interface elements. Any left you click that are not part of the domain wants to automatically load up in a separate Chrome window. So, you do not have access to the context menu when you right-click a link.
You can place your shortcut anywhere on Windows or macOS, and it will act like a normal shortcut file.
Note that, unfortunately, these manually-loaded "apps" do not sync across Chrome installations. So if you're using this trick on multiple computers, you may have to set it up again for each one.