Windows 11 (and 10) users can turn any website into an app through Microsoft Edge. This application can be added to the start menu, taskbar or desktop.
Windows 11 users can easily convert any website into a standalone application via Microsoft Edge Browser. Newly created apps can have their own icons in the Start menu, taskbar, and desktop. Microsoft Edge users can also choose a custom name and icon for each app they create. This feature will be useful for users who want to have Gmail, YouTube or Google Workplace apps as they are not officially available. Additionally, Windows 11 (and 10) users can customize many settings for these apps, such as permissions and privacy.
Microsoft Edge is the second most popular browser in the world and one of the most comprehensive web browsers available. Internet Explorer’s successor is highly integrated with Windows and offers its users a wide variety of options not available on the most popular web browser, Google Chrome. However, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are based on the same open source project, Chromium. Therefore, it should be noted that Edge users can easily install add-ons and themes available on the Chrome Web Store.
Windows 11 users can install any website as an app by opening it through Edge. For those unaware, Microsoft Edge comes pre-installed on Windows 10 and 11, so users won’t need to download the browser. After browsing to the desired website, users should click on the menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen and then hover over ‘Apps.‘An option for’Install this site as an application‘ will appear.
Customize web apps on Windows
Then a small pop-up window will appear asking the user for the name and icon they want to choose. This can be useful for users who want to use an icon that matches their theme. However, for convenience, users can choose to stick with the default name and icon. After this step, users need to click on ‘Install.‘ The app will now be created and a new Microsoft Edge window will open with some options, such as pinning the app to the start menu, desktop or taskbar. An option for the app to automatically start with the system will also appear, which can be useful when creating an app for services like Gmail.
The newly created application will immediately appear in the “Recommended” section of the Windows 11 Start menu and can be treated like any other Windows application. Users can access more settings after opening the app by clicking the three dots icon in the upper right corner. Additionally, users can manage preferences by opening Microsoft Edge, clicking the ellipsis icon, hovering over ‘apps,’ and finally, by clicking on ‘Manage apps.’ Windows 11 users can also manage privacy settings and permissions through app settings.
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