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How to Install a Website as an App on Your Desktop with Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on the back of Chromium and with that, it includes some unique new features including creating web apps. Here is what you can expect.

We showed you how to install the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium. Once you have it rolling you’ll want to start exploring its features like installing Google Chrome extensions. One of the other things you can do is create a web app on the desktop that treats a webpage as an app-like experience.

You can use any site you want as a web app from the new Edge. Some examples of sites you might want to use are YouTube, Pandora, Outlook.com, or even groovyPost. The idea of this is similar to using a website as an app with Google Chrome.

This installs a site as a progressive web app (PWA). Which give a site an app-like experience. For example, using PWA technology is the only way you can install Disney+ as an app on Windows 10.

Using Web Apps on Microsoft Edge

Open Chromium Edge and head to the site you want to use as an app. Then click the Settings button (three dots in the upper-right corner) and then go to Apps > Install.

Next, type in a meaningful name for the shortcut of the web app and click the Install button.

2 Name Chromium Edge web app

That’s it. A shortcut for the app will be created on your desktop and Start menu. If you prefer to have the web app shortcut on the Taskbar, open the Start menu and find the app. Right-click on it and choose More > Pin to taskbar.

Pin to Taskbar from Start

You can do the same from the desktop icon. Right-click it and choose Pin to Taskbar from the menu.

Pin to Taskbar Desktop Shortcut

Your app will open in a minimal browser frame. There is no navigation options or even an address bar. It works as if it were a native application. A shortcut for the web app will be created on the desktop and the Start menu. Here I created a few apps including Pandora, YouTube, and groovyPost.

Web Apps Running Chromium Edge

Chromium Edge Web App Features

Also, note that there is an options button from the title bar of the app. It provides access to your installed extensions. It also includes options like “Print”, “Zoom”, “info about the site”, “Cast to device”, and others.

Options Menu Chromium Edge Web App

Once you have a few web apps installed, you can manage them by typing: edge://apps into the address bar.

Here you will see each web app you have installed. This section also includes app management options including “Remove”, “App Info”, “Open as window”, and create shortcuts.

App Options Edge_Apps

The App Info option allows you to manage various app permissions such as location, hardware, web technologies, and more.

App Info Permissions Chromium Edge

The new Microsoft Edge browser runs on Windows 7, 8, 10, macOS, and mobile. The company is also promising a version for Linux later this year. It is being sent to Windows 10 users via Windows Update but anyone with a supported OS can download it now.

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