How to open a Chrome OS app in a separate window

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Google is working hard on making Chrome Apps more independent. New native apps can now work offline and don’t are processed by the browser, making Chrome a much more powerful tool, but there is a lot of progress to be made.

Our Chrome Apps will someday work like computer programs, but so far they still seem like glorified shortcuts to a website. Part of this is because they mostly work within the browser interface. Chrome Apps tend to be opened in a tab by default, instead of them having their own window.

There is a way to automatically open Chrome Apps in a new window.

To do this, simply do the following:

  • Open the app launcher
  • Locate your Chrome-hosted app of choice
  • Press the Shift key while you click on it
  • Done!

This is a very simple tip that most new (or not-so-new) users tend to not know about. Yet it’s a very nice tool for having a smooth Chrome OS experience. Check it out if you have a Chromebook!

By the way, check our previous post on the matter if you want to learn more about Chrome-hosted apps. These are important for the future of Chrome. Google even made a special section for these in the Chrome Web Store.

[Fran├žois Beaufort]



  • Chris

    Doesn’t work for me from the App Launche (taskbar) on Windows 7, only from the App Launcher in the Bookmarks bar. Maybe a ChromeOS only trick?