Google Chrome no longer allows me to create shortcuts to open tabs as windows

This option has been removed for some incomprehensible brainstorm by the Chrome devs. It might still be possible to force it by this method:

  • Go to the webpage
  • Choose More Tools > Create Shortcut (which will appear on desktop but not as an app)
  • Go to chrome://apps
  • Right-click on the new shortcut and choose Open as window
  • Right-click again on the shortcut and choose Create shortcuts...
  • Choose where to store the shortcut and click Create

This will create the right shortcut with the appid= parameter exactly as before.

However, with Chrome, it's unknown how long this method will keep on working.

The checkbox seems to be back as of Chrome build 72.0.3626.109. Hallelujah!

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