Google's Chrome OS operating system is getting more interesting with every passing month as of late — but figuring out how to optimize a Chromebook for your workflow isn't always obvious, especially if you're used to a more traditional desktop platform.

One common challenge is the software's absence of apps — or at least apps in the most basic sense. Sure, Chromebooks can run Android apps and even now Linux apps, in some circumstances, but what if you just want to run something like Slack, in its desktop form? Or what if you want a handy icon to open Gmail or Google Docs and have them look like native apps instead of just regular ol' web tabs?

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