Normally, when I create a shurtcut in Google Chrome, it opens just the site without address, menu and tab bar. But now, when I open my newly created shortcut for Google Calendar, it opens the calendar just fine, but also with another "New" tab and therefore with a usual browser window (including address, menu and tab bar).

Did I do something wrong or is this perhaps even a bug?

Preferred outcome when clicking on shortcut:

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Actual outcome when clicking on shortcut:

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Shortcut details:

  • Target: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --profile-directory=Default --app-id=biikooaipklhpkkjkeijimjicofaknlo
  • Run in: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application"
  • Maybe there is something wrong in the Windows Registry?
    – Cyman
    Nov 5, 2018 at 10:28

1 Answer 1


To get chrome to open a "tab/navigation"-less window with a shortcut. Use -app=url

  1. Create a new shortcut to chrome
  2. In the target field, after chrome, add -app=your-url-you-want

When running shortcut, it should start up a borderless window, just as it did earlier when you could click the checkbox for a frameless window when you made your shortcut.

I did a shortcut to test just now (url taken from a normal browser window), with this as target:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -app="https://calendar.google.com/calendar/r?tab=mc"

I'm not sure how to get it to work when you already have an --app-id

But if you can get an url, this method should work.

  • Awesome, you are a genious! ;) But the strange thing is, when I look at older shortcuts for Google Contacts, Inbox, etc - they look the same (with app-id) but work nevertheless (i.e. opening only one tab with a frameless window) - any idea why that is?
    – Cyman
    Nov 7, 2018 at 17:12
  • I don't know. I have noticed a flaw with what I wrote above since I wrote it. If you pin it to the taskbar, and use that as a shortcut to open a window, It will open another icon on the taskbar, not "use the shortcut".
    – Frank H
    Nov 9, 2018 at 7:29
  • Installed a few computers the other day, and it seems to have started to work as it used to. In chrome, click the three dots, more tools, create shortcut, and then click the little box about windowed mode. Should create a borderless window, that you can place in the taskbar.
    – Frank H
    Mar 26, 2019 at 12:52
  • Hi Frank, yes, you are right - it is the little checkbox with the windowed mode that makes the difference! Thanks :)
    – Cyman
    Mar 31, 2019 at 16:15

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