Chromebooks have a Launcher button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop that has a role similar to the Windows Start button. Also, Chrome OS has an app shelf that’s basically a close relative to the Windows taskbar. There are several ways to pin apps to Chromebook’s shelf, and all of them are pretty simple.
On the app shelf, you can dock icons for your frequently used apps, and there’s also a small section that works just like the Windows system tray. It just had to be there, right? Obviously, the Chrome OS desktop has its own look but functionality-wise, it seems to be pretty similar to Windows.
3 Easy ways to pin apps to Chromebook’s shelf
Before we discuss the simplest ways to pin apps to Chromebook’s shelf, let’s talk about why you’d want to do this in the first place. Accessing an unpinned app requires you to click or tap on the Launcher button and then click or tap once again on the app you want to open. Having the app pinned to the shelf will save you that extra action which is certainly a boon for the programs you use often.
1. Pin an app to the shelf from the launcher
Click on the Launcher button and right-click on the app you want to pin then select the “Pin to shelf” option from the menu.
2. Pin an app directly from the shelf
Apps that are currently opened in their own window will have their icon displayed in the shelf. If you want to pin one of these open apps to the shelf and make it stay there permanently, right-click on its shelf icon and select “Pin”.
3. Pin an app to the shelf from Chrome
Apps that open as a tab in Chrome can still be pinned to the shelf. The process is easy, but not exactly a one-click action.
In Chrome, select the app’s tab to make it active and click on the three-dots icon in Chrome’s top-right corner. Then select the “More” menu item and finally click on the “Add to shelf” option. The same method can be used to pin websites to the app shelf.
Furthermore, the apps pinned to the shelf can be reordered by dragging and dropping their icons to the location of your choice.
If at some point you change your mind about an app and you want to remove it from the shelf, simply right-click its icon and select the “Unpin” option.