How to customize Google's new Web app launcher

Customize Google App Launcher

Google's various services are slowly but surely gaining a consistent look. One of the latest changes we've seen is the introduction of a new Web-wide app launcher that brings to mind both Android and Chrome OS.

The app launcher -- represented by a familiar series of stacked dots -- gives you quick access to a handful of Google products. That's all fine and dandy, except that they might not be the Google products you'd actually want in that space.

Fear not, though, my tweak-loving friends, for there's an easy way to customize the launcher and make it your own. Just snag a free Chrome extension called App Launcher Customizer for Google. The extension puts a "Configure" link at the bottom of the Google app launcher; when you click it, you're taken to a simple drag-and-drop interface that lets you set up the launcher any way you like.

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You can reorder or remove items already in the list, add new Google services into the list -- anything from Android Device Manager to Play Music, Google Contacts, or the Chrome Web Store -- and even add in your own custom shortcuts to non-Google-related sites and services. You can put in your own custom icons, too, if that's your cup of tea.

As an added bonus, the extension syncs your settings across all your computers and Chrome installations, so you'll never have to set it up more than once.

Man, it feels good to customize.

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