Customize your computer's shelf

At the bottom or side of your screen, there's a row of apps called the shelf. If there's an app or web page that you use frequently, you can pin it to the shelf for quick access. You can't add apps and shortcuts to your desktop's wallpaper or background.

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Add, move, or remove apps

Add an app
  1. In the corner of your screen, select the Launcher .
  2. Find the app you want to add.
  3. Right-click the app icon.
  4. Select Pin to Shelf.

When you pin an app to your shelf, the app will stay there until you move or remove it.

Change the order of the apps

To change the position of an app:

  1. Select and hold the app you want to move.
  2. Drag it to a new position.
  3. Release to put the app in a new spot.
Remove an app
  1. Right-click the app you want to remove.
  2. Select Unpin.

Pin a web page to your shelf

If you go to the same web page often, you might want to pin it to your shelf.

  1. Open the web page in Chrome.
  2. Select More and then More tools and then Create shortcut.
  3. In the corner of your screen, select the Launcher .
  4. Right-click the shortcut icon you want from a list of apps and shortcuts.
  5. Select Pin to shelf.
Tip: If you can’t find the shortcut icon you want, use the Search key or or the Launcher key to find the icon with keywords.

Move or hide the row of apps

You can change the position of the shelf:

  1. Right-click the shelf.
  2. Point to Shelf position.
  3. Choose where you want the shelf to go.

To hide the shelf and status area, right-click the shelf and select Autohide shelf. When they're hidden, move the pointer to that side of the screen to find your apps, bookmarks, and account picture.

To stop hiding the shelf, right-click the shelf and uncheck Autohide shelf.

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