Pinning apps to the shelf of your Chromebook makes it easy for you to launch the most used apps. It also becomes easy to find the apps, especially when hurrying to get things done. Also, a small area at the bottom replicates the Windows system tray where you can access the settings besides the network information and battery.
Many of you must be wondering how to pin apps to the shelf in Chrome OS. The process is very simple, and we have explained that in more detail in this article. Keep reading to know the methods.
How To Pin Apps To The Shelf In Chrome OS
There are three easy ways to pin apps to your shelf. The step-by-step procedure for all three is mentioned below, one by one.
How To Pin Apps To The Shelf In Chrome OS: Pin the Apps Using the App Shelf
Probably the easiest way but this method is usually overlooked. You can pin apps to the shelf in Chrome OS directly from the shelf. This procedure, however, requires the app to be pinned to be open. Whenever an app opens, an icon is displayed on the shelf. If you want the app to stay permanently on the shelf, then while it is open, right-click on its icon, and from the options, select "Pin to Shelf," and you are done.
How To Pin Apps To The Shelf In Chrome OS: Pin the Apps From the Launcher
Another way of pinning the app to the Chromebook shelf is from the launcher. When you click on the launcher, you will see an icon that says "All Apps" click on this and you will see the apps on the Chromebook. Think about which app you want to add to the shelf and right-click on that app. You will get the option of "Pin to Shelf." Click on the option and your task is done. You can also select the app that you want to pin from the desktop and drag it to the shelf to pin it.
How To Pin Apps To The Shelf In Chrome OS: Pin the Apps from Inside Chrome
The third way to pin apps to the shelf in Chrome OS is from Chrome, but this is only for apps that open in Chrome and not in a separate window. However, they can still be added to your shelf for quick access. To do this, you will have to keep the tab active on Chrome and then, towards the top-right corner of the Chrome window, click on the triple-dot button. Click on "More Tools" and select "Create shortcut." Then, click the Launcher, find the app, and right-click on it. Finally, choose "Pin to Shelf." If you want, you can use this method to pin a website to your shelf.
You can also control the order so they are arranged on the shelf; click and drag them according to the desired order. If you ever need to remove an app from your Chromebook shelf, all you need to do is right-click on the icon and select "Unpin," or click and drag the icon up, and it will be removed from the shelf. However, it will still be available on the launcher and you can add it whenever you want.