Learn more about the launcher, window control, status area and settings, and desktop area
Take a guided tour
Open a new tab
Open a new tab by clicking on the Chrome logo . New tabs show a list of your most visited sites to help you quickly reach the website you want to visit.
Pin your favorite apps
Place the apps you use the most in the launcher. Right-click the app in the app list and select Pin to Launcher. To remove an app from the launcher, right-click the app and click Unpin.
See your apps list
See your apps list by clicking . Click an app in the list to open it. To add more apps to this list, visit the Chrome Web Store.
Click the right arrow to see Feature 2: Window control
To quickly maximize your window, just click the window control button . You can also double-click the area between your tabs and the button.
Minimize windows or dock them to the side
Click the window control button and drag the window downward to minimize it on the launcher, or to the left and right to dock it to the side of the screen.
Manually resize windows
Place your cursor on the edges of your current window to manually resize your window. You can drag the border of the window to make it wider or narrower.
Click the right arrow to see Feature 3: Status area
Status area and settings
See and change essential settings
At a glance, the status area allows you to see all your essential settings -- network connection, battery life, and account you’re using. You can also quickly change your network connection, keyboard input methods, and volume directly from the panel.
Lock your device or sign out
Need to step away from your Chrome device for a few minutes? Use the Sign out option or click on the lock icon to make sure no one messes with your account.
Open your Settings page
Select Settings to see everything you can adjust on the device. There, you’ll find settings for your mouse and touchpad, web browsing, and device permissions, among others.
Click the right arrow to see Feature 4: Desktop area
Choose your background wallpaper
Right-click the background area and select Set Wallpaper. Display one of our background images by selecting a category and choosing an image.
If you prefer to display a custom image, select the Custom category and click Choose File. Select an image and click Open. Choose to center, center crop, or stretch the image.
Hide or show the launcher and status area
To help you see more of your webpage, the launcher and the status area at the bottom of the screen are hidden automatically if the browser window is maximized. Right-click this area to see more display options.