Experiment: App launcher for Google’s website

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The app launcher on Chrome OS makes the operating system seem more like a regular computer. In reality, though, they are nothing but shortcuts to websites and web apps. With this in mind, would it make sense to bring an app launcher to Chrome? It seems that is what Google is testing, and with a few tricks you can too!

The experimental feature would get rid of the black bar on top of Google.com and replace it with a much cleaner app launcher in the top-right corner. Clicking on the app launcher would then give you shortcuts to Google+, Search, Maps, Google Play, YouTube, Gmail and more.

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Here is how you can do it on Chrome:

  • Install this Chrome extension: “Edit This Cookie”
  • Open Google.com
  • Click on the Edit This Cookie Chrome extension button
  • Click on NID
  • Enter the NID Cookie value:


  • Click on “Submit Cookie Changes” and refresh Google.com

To go back to the regular Google experience, simply follow the same steps but delete the NID value and submit. We tested it and it looks good. In fact, it makes Google look so much cleaner than now. I have to say, though, I like having all my shortcuts open at all times.

Try it out and let us know how you feel. Would you rather see this app launcher than the current black bar?

[via Google Operating System]