How to create web apps for the Brave browser
Brave has many features that make it ideal for users on the go. Jack Wallen shows you one of those features that will make accessing websites more efficient and less “tabby”.
Running a website as an app is a great way to make your life a little more efficient – this is especially true when you’re on the go. Carrying a laptop from one place to another never fails to become an exercise in inefficiency for me, especially when I have to work with too many tabs in a browser. Personally, my workflow really gets bogged down when it gets too “tabby”. This is why I create pseudo web applications for certain sites.
However, some browsers, such as Courageous, allow you to launch a site without all of the standard browser accessories. This allows you to quickly open a site, do something, and close it without having to manage tabs. Technically, it’s not really a web app, but from a desktop perspective, it behaves like one.
How do you do this with the Brave browser? Let me show you.
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What you will need
For this to work, you will need a running instance of Brave. It doesn’t matter which operating system you use, but it only works on the desktop version. So do it with the laptop that serves as the primary mobile office.
How to create a “web application” from brave
Take the TechRepublic site as an example. Open Brave and navigate to http://www.techrepublic.com. Once there, click on the Brave menu (three horizontal lines in the upper right corner) and click on More Tools | To create a shortcut (Figure A).
A new pop-up will appear, in which you give your app a name (Number B).
Make sure you check the Open as window box, otherwise the app will open in a standard Brave web browser window, which defeats the purpose. Click Create and you’re done. The site will automatically open in a new window, without the usual Brave controllers, toolbars and menus (Figure C).
How to launch the “web app”
One of the reasons I like being able to launch sites this way is that I can quickly access them from the desktop menu. Instead of having to launch the browser first, I can press a quick key on the keyboard, type in the name of the site, and launch it from the menu (Number D).
And that’s all. It is definitely not a deal maker or a breaker, but it can help transform your mobile life into a slightly more efficient one. The Brave Navigator is an exceptional choice for anyone looking for an alternative to the standard lounge. While this feature isn’t unique to Brave (as many browsers offer), it’s just one more reason to give this web browser a try.
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