While doing research for a project that involved benchmarking, I realized I needed a good stopwatch to time the results… which is when I found a website that does exactly that, and does it quite well. To make it even easier, we can launch it as a desktop application.

To get started, you’ll need to already have Google’s Chrome browser installed, as we’ll use the “Create application shortcuts” feature to launch the website in a window all by itself, mimicking a desktop application.

Creating the Application Shortcut

Open up Chrome and browse over to http://www.online-stopwatch.com/large-stopwatch/ and then click on the icon to the right of the address bar, choosing “Create application shortcuts…” from the menu.

You’ll get a choice of where you want to place the shortcuts, and then click the OK button to continue.

At this point you’ll have an icon for the Online Stopwatch. The icon quality isn’t so great at larger sizes, but it looks pretty good in the quick launch bar at least.


Now when you open it up, you’ll get what looks like a desktop application, although it’s nothing more than a custom browser with a special shortcut.

You can use this feature of Google Chrome to turn any website into a “desktop” application… loads of possibilities.

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