How to test drive the exciting new Chrome OS Productivity Launcher

For those who’re sad with the default Chromebook menu/app launcher, there’s an experimental choice within the dev channel you may check out. Jack Wallen reveals you ways.


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Chromebooks love the cloud, and Google has gone to nice lengths to make that intersection of {hardware} and cloud seamless. That does not imply you may’t take pleasure in a extra conventional method to the interface.

One factor that has bothered me about Chrome OS for a while is the app menu. It appears Google has all the time wished to power a extra cell interface on customers that have been most likely extra at house with the tried and true desktop metaphor. So when Google teased a doable new “Productiveness Launcher,” I used to be all ears.

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Earlier than I proceed, you should know the Productiveness Launcher is, in the mean time, solely out there on the ChromeOS dev channel. So, in case you’re utilizing any channel apart from dev, you can not take a look at the Productiveness Launcher. To learn the way to vary your ChromeOS channel, give How you can change channels in your Chromebook a learn. 

This new launcher makes it a lot simpler to achieve entry to your shortcuts, your content material, machine settings and extra. And since it is laid out extra like a standard desktop menu, it will be a lot simpler for many to make use of. In truth, I would say when you get a style of this launcher, you will surprise why Google did not go along with it over the present technique.

With that out of the best way, let me present you the way to allow the Productiveness Launcher.

What you will want

As I stated earlier, you will want a Chromebook operating the dev channel. Apart from that, it is only a matter of enabling the characteristic.

How you can allow the Productiveness Launcher

Log into your Chromebook and launch Chrome. Within the omnibar (a.ok.a. the tackle bar), sort:


Within the ensuing window (Determine A), click on the drop-down related to Productiveness experiment: App Launcher.

Determine A


Enabling the experimental app launcher in ChromeOS.

You will then be prompted to restart your Chromebook. Try this and log again in. As soon as you’ve got efficiently logged again in, click on on the menu button on the bottom-left nook of the desktop to disclose the brand new launcher (Determine B).

Determine B


The experimental Productiveness Launcher in motion.

You may launch any of your apps, open saved recordsdata and seek for absolutely anything on this new launcher. 

I am pretty assured that any person sort will discover this new launcher rather more environment friendly than what Google at present gives. Hopefully, those that make the Chrome OS choices will agree and make this experiment the default within the close to future.

For those who do do that, and you do not prefer it, you may all the time undo it by following the identical steps to allow it, solely choose Disabled from the drop-down after which restart your Chromebook.

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