How to add a desktop shortcut to Google Docs or a specific Google Docs file

You can make Google Docs look and work just like Microsoft Word (or Office)

If you use Google Docs (or Spreadsheets or Slides), here's a quick tip for getting to your files faster from your desktop.

Instead of opening Google Docs directly in your browser, you can click on a shortcut on your taskbar or desktop and open the app that way. To do this, open Google Chrome and go to If you want to create a shortcut to a specific document, open that file. 

Then go to the setting menu in Chrome (the three horizontal lines at the top right of your browser), More Tools, and Create Application Shortcuts.

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You'll be able to choose if you want to pin the app or file to your taskbar and/or your desktop.

Once you click Create, the shortcut will be added and you can open it just like you would any app on your desktop. It'll open in its own app window, which you can resize and work with as you do other app windows.

Even better: If you have your most important or most used files starred in Google Drive, you can click on the Starred menu to see those files in Chrome, then use the same Create Application Shortcuts option to pin this window to your taskbar. The same goes for your Recent files.

[h/t Thurrott]

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