One feature I still miss when switching between Chrome and Firefox is support for bookmark keywords, which make launching sites from the address bar a breeze. Chrome's Omnibar does a fairly good job of finding what we want to launch from standard input (e.g. gmail), but it would be nice to have straight-up keywords (like gm). Sebastian showed you one method using custom search engines -- but those don't sync, so it's not an ideal situation.
Quickmarks is up to the task. Simply install the extension, and then do some manual editing. Any bookmark that you'd like to launch via a keyword needs to have [keyword] appended to its name. For example, you can right click your Gmail bookmark and choose edit, change its name to Gmail [gm], and Quickmarks is now able to launch it.
To open a bookmark using its keyword, simply click into the Omnibar or tap Ctrl+L B [space] and then enter your keyword. The B trigger tells the Quickmarks entension to fire up and watch for keyword input.
Since Chrome can sync both your extensions and your bookmarks, once your [keywords] are sent to the cloud you'll have access to them on all your Chrome installs.
One handy new context menu extension is Apps list, which (you guessed it) displays your installed Chrome Web Apps and lets you launch them without calling up the new tab page. Your apps are listed in alphabetical order, and you can choose to add a disabled apps shortcut -- which zips you to chrome://extensions and focuses on disabled items. It would be nice if the page filtered only disabled apps and extensions, but that's a limitation in Chrome -- not this extension.
Apps list also provides shortcuts to manage your extensions and jump to the Chrome Web Store. If you don't want to clutter your browser actions area with one of the app launchers we posted previously for Chrome, Apps list might be just what you're looking for.
If opening Google Chrome's new tab page just to fire up an app feels a bit too clunky for your liking, check out a new extension from Google itself: App Launcher.
Once installed, you'll have access to a drop down menu which lists all your apps in alphabetical order -- unlike previously reviewed AppJump Launcher, which doesn't appear to list them in any particular order. Google's offering also features built-in search -- which could be handy if you've been able to find a whole pile of apps you decided to keep installed. Keyboard navigation is supported as well, allowing you to arrow up and down and tap enter to launch.
The extension currently lacks an options screen -- which would be a great place for Google to slap in another missing feature: hotkey support.
Install App Launcher for Google Chrome
The Chrome Web Store is finally here, and many of you probably have a handful of apps installed -- if for no other reason than a little eye candy on your new tab page. If you'd prefer a way to launch your apps that offers a bit more convenience and customization, check out the AppJump Launcher extension.
In addition to adding a handy drop-down panel from which you can launch your Chrome Apps, AppJump also allows you to create groups, which lets you categorize things for quick drill-down access -- which will be very useful once you've accumulated a few dozen apps.
One feature which is missing from AppJump is drag-to-reorder (which is also missing from the Chrome new tab page). I'd love to be able to move my apps around and sort them however I choose, but for right now you're stuck with whatever layout AppJump displays.
Android owners know after about 2 minutes of going through the Android Market how much you can do to personalize your device. Usually people go for the fun apps like live wallpapers, themes and games. One overlooked type of application is a new home screen app.
Sure you may have a nice UI for your home screens (eg. HTC sense), but if it is lagging, functionally crippled or take up plenty of resources, it is definitely not a good experience for the end users. Previously, we have covered 5 free home replacement apps that you can use, however that was before Froyo, LauncherPro and QuickDesk even existed, so some of the mentioned apps are already outdated. If you are still looking for a great home replacement app, LauncherPro + QuickDesk are the one to go for.