How to run website as a desktop application
Many web applications such as Google Docs open in a browser window, this makes difficult to switch between windows, especially when many tabs are opened in the browser.
Using Google Chrome's function "Run as a desktop applcation" we set a hot key to open a particular web app in a separate window, so it feels like a desktop application, and doesn't mix with browser tabs. Moreover, it displays as a separate icon on a taskbar.
- You can skip this tutorial and download a sample macro file that open Google Sheets as a desktop app by pressing Ctrl+Shift+E keyboard shortcut.
- Create Open web page macro
- Set URL to https://docs.google.com/sheets
- Set Open to "Google Chrome"
- Tick "Open as desktop application"
- Set desired keyboard shortcut, e.g. Ctrl+Shift+E
- Click OK to save, and close Hot Keyboard
- Press Ctrl+Shift+E to test your macro
- Now it runs in a separate window, so you can switch to it without searching in browser tabs
- You can change URL to particular document, so it opens first
- Any website can be opened this way, not web apps only.