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How to Use Chrome Webapps Right Now

Posted on 16. Jul, 2010 by . 6 Comments

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Here are screen-by-screen steps on how to add the Calendar, Docs and Gmail apps to your Chrome browser. This is what this will look like when you are done.

Your tabs for the three will look like this.

chromeosexextension1Additionally, when you open a new tab, you’ll get a window that looks like this.


1. Download Chrome 6.

Firstly, you need to get the Chrome 6 development build for this to work. Here is a direct link to download it.

2. Add a Command Line Flag to your Chrome Shortcut.

This is easy, just go to your desktop and right click on your Chrome icon. Select Properties. In the Properties window, you’ll need to add a space and then the flag “–enable-apps” at the end of the Target location.


Hit OK.

3. Go into Developer Mode.

Open your shortcut of Chrome (remember, you have to use this one in order for this to work in the future). Navigate in the omnibar to chrome://extensions

chromeosexextension4Click on Developer Mode over on the far right.


4. Load the Extensions

A developer toolbar will appear; click on Load unpacked extension.

chromeosexextension6You’ll be asked to select the path of the extensions.

Windows Vista/7

\Users\[profile name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\[version]\Resources\

Windows XP

\Documents & Settings\[profile name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\[version]\Resources\

In that path location, there are three folders corresponding with the apps.
chromeosexextension7aYou’ll need to open these three up using the Load unpacked extensions button. You’ll then see them in your list of extensions.
chromeosexextension8Now you have Chrome web apps in your browser, enjoy!

If you’re using Linux, here is a guide on how to do this.

Anyone using Mac and has a guide I can link to, let me know.