A superior way of viewing your most used websites (web platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Gmail, for example) is to view them as ‘apps’. This is achieved really easily.
On Windows, open your website in Chrome and do the following:
- Click on Chrome top right customise icon
- Go down to ‘more tools’
- Create a shortcut
- Click the option to ‘open as window’
This places a short-cut on the desktop to that site only, opening in a non-tabbed version of Chrome, nice and tidy. You can customise the shortcut icon if you want via right click/Properties. You can also add them to your start menu or desktop toolbar.
On Mac, use the Fluid app to achieve a similar thing. It’s free and works on most versions of Mac OS (64-bit Intel only, Mac OS X 10.7 or later). Fluid uses the default browser (usually Safari) to make a browser window open as an app. It has a .app extension and can live in your Applications folder if you want. You can customise icons to anything you want and add the new app icon shortcut to keep in your dock.
I use this method for viewing Tweetdeck on PC, Feedly on Mac and PC, my Gmail on PC, Facebook Messenger on Mac. It means these sites are not cluttered in tab views of my general Chrome browsing and are easily found. It makes desktop life just a little bit tidier and easier.