Do you want an easy way to access your favorite Google services when browsing with Chrome? Now you can have quick-click access with the Google Apps Shortcuts extension.


Once you have started the installation process, you will see the following message window. Click on “Install” to finish adding the extension to Chrome.

Once installation has completed you will see your new “Shortcuts Toolbar Button” and this message.

First Look & Setup

Clicking on the “Shortcuts Toolbar Button” will display the following drop-down menu. This is the quickest and easiest way to access the options for the extension (as opposed to using the “Chrome Extensions Page”). Even though this extension is still in the earlier development stages it already has a nice set of services available for you to choose from.

Clicking on “Options” will open the following tab where you can choose to hide any services that you may not need, set two of the available services to open in a “New Window” (definitely a nice touch), and/or add a custom URL.


Note: Selecting “New Window” for “New E-mail and/or New Event” will add a small “New Window Icon” at the right end of that particular listing in your drop-down menu.

For our example we decided to add the URL for Twitter. Once you have made any desired changes click on “Save”…

Note: Make certain that you do not add “http://” in front of the URL. It will automatically be added for you when you click on the link in the drop-down menu.

There is our new link added right at the top of our drop down menu. Please keep in mind that if you have a long address it will affect the width of the drop-down menu.

Google Apps Shortcuts in Action

Clicking on any of the listings in the drop-down menu will immediately open that particular service (or custom URL) in a new tab. The “New E-mail” listing is especially useful if you need to quickly send out a link or image that you have found while browsing.


The Google Apps Shortcuts extension provides an extremely convenient way to access your favorite Google Services in Chrome.


Download the Google Apps Shortcuts extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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