One of the strengths of macOS is its Dock. It is quite a differentiating element compared to other operating systems like Windows, although it is not exclusive to Mac either, in which it is possible to easily place a series of shortcuts to drives, applications or directories to have it always at hand. But what not everyone knows is that it is possible to link to websites.
This way, if you frequently use a certain web page and want to dock it in the Dock, you can save a lot of time, because instead of going to the browser first and then going to it, you will have the ability to enter the website with one click anytime.
So you can pin your favorite pages and websites to your Mac’s Dock
As we mentioned, in this case it is possible to dock websites as if they were apps in the Mac Dock, however, this is not something that Apple allows. do by default. In its place, You will need to have Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome browser installed on macOS beforehand as these are the browsers that allow you to build website-based apps.
With that in mind, say that the steps to follow vary slightly between Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, so it is important that you choose between one of the two. It is also important to note that the process can be done with Google Chrome for any website, while if Microsoft Edge is used, it will be necessary for the website to have a PWA enabled.
How to link to a website with Google Chrome on Mac
First of all, if you want to perform this process using Google Chrome browser, you just need to follow these steps:
- Access the site you want to use to create the link.
- Up, click on the three dots that appear on the right, then select “More tools”. A new context menu will open, where you should choose the option “Create a shortcut …”.
- A new window will open, where you should choose name you want for the link. Make sure you check the option “Open as window”, otherwise you will not be able to add it to the Dock.
- Once done, the Chrome apps folder will open with Finder. Click on the shortcut to your website and drag it to the Dock Mac to be able to dock it.
Once done, you can change the position in macOS dock if you want, and you will thus have direct access to the closest. In addition, it is very apparent that when you open it, instead of opening a new Google Chrome tab, the website in question opens in a separate window, as if it were a computer application. native.
Pin websites to the Mac Dock with Microsoft Edge
Another option to dock a website to the Mac Dock is to use Microsoft Edge browser. In this case, the procedure is slightly different, because if the website has a PWA (progressive application), it will be possible to dock it directly to the Dock and open it in a separate window, as is the case with all Google websites. Chromium. However, In case it doesn’t have it, although you can create the link, it will open in a new tab in the browser, which can be somewhat uncomfortable on some occasions.
If despite this you want to perform this process using Microsoft Edge, you just need to follow the next steps:
- Enter the site you want to link to in the Dock.
- Click on the three points which appear at the top right, then enter the menu called “Applications”. Various options will appear, but you must click on “Install this site as an application” in order to complete the process.
- As with Google Chrome, you can choose aspects such as name link if you wish in the new window that will open.
- Microsoft Edge’s own apps folder will appear in Finder. You should only drag the application linked to the site you want to the Dock with the mouse to be able to anchor this page.
Once done you can open this link and see how only if the website has a PWA app installed works as a stand-alone website, although if not, you will also have the option to open the link in a new tab in the browser itself.
Not convinced? You can therefore delete new applications
If after trying it you are not convinced, don’t worry. In order to delete the new application that was generated from the web page (and therefore the corresponding link), you must Look in the Finder for the folder “Applications Chrome” or “Applications Edge” depending on the browser used. Maybe a Spotlight search can help you in case you can’t find it.
Once here you just have to find in the folder the application in question created, and using the right button or dragging send it to the trash. This way, you will see how the Lauchpad app and the Mac’s Dock shortcut are removed, although you can repeat the process when you need to.