I did a system restore and all taskbar shortcuts were erased.
How can I add the Chrome app launcher back? I also wonder, isn't restore supposed to preserve all files except programs?
You can drag
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Chrome App Launcher.lnk to the Windows taskbar to restore the App launcher shortcut, or better yet you can copy the icon to
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Google Chrome instead if you have the Administrator privileges.
(The problem with mob's answer is I also didn't find the prebuilt shortcut)
The answer is: create a shortcut with
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --show-app-list as the target, then change the icon to the app launcher icon and pin it.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\
chrome.exe, send to desktop (create shortcut)
open the shortcut properties
--show-app-list flag in "target"
click Change Icon, the icon is already there
open it and pin it
Try this: go to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/launcher
There you can find the blue 'install app button'.
But sometimes it may not be there. In that case, you may want to try to make your own shortcut, point to: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --show-app-list
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