How To Launch The New Bing Or ChatGPT As A Windows App
The popularity of chat and search apps powered by AI is skyrocketing right now, but there’s a small issue: They operate in a browser, which necessitates visiting each site separately. What if there is a way to bypass this?
In Windows, the new AI-powered Bing, ChatGPT, and (in the future) Google’s Bard search engine can all be saved as apps and used as needed. Here is how to do so.
Websites can be saved as a direct “application” at any location or pinned to the Windows Start menu. The resulting application is still a web app, but it will open in its own window and can be easily tucked away in a corner, minimized, or managed through Windows. This will be demonstrated in both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.
How are they different? If you merely pin a web application to the Start menu, ChatGPT or Bing will open by default in a new browser tab. It will be saved as a standalone browser window without tabs or favorites if you save it to Windows as an app. The website will be saved using either method inside the primary Start shortcut menu, but only the second method adds the website to the list of apps, where it can be quickly launched by pressing Win+R. We would rather ChatGPT, Bing, or any other AI program be saved as an application.
When Google Bard launches, all of these instructions should be equally applicable to Bing, ChatGPT, and even it.
How to save ChatGPT or the new Bing as a Windows app
1. Launch the Microsoft Edge web browser and go to Bing, ChatGPT, or some other website.
Naturally, all of this assumes that you have access to these websites. You might have to get on a waitlist before using Bing if the free version of ChatGPT is frequently overloaded.
2. Select the small Chat link to launch the Bing chat interface. You could also swipe up.
You can access the AI application right away by clicking the ChatGPT link we provided in the previous action. At least for the time being, Bing needs to take an additional step to get there.
3. Use Microsoft Edge to save Bard, ChatGPT, or Bing as Windows applications.
Only Microsoft Edge supports this technique. To see more options, click the ellipsis menu (…) in the top right corner of the screen. Navigate to “Install this site as an app” after moving down the main menu until you reach Apps.
You will then be prompted to give your “app” a name and indicate whether you want it saved to the Start menu, the Taskbar, or both.
4. Your Start menu will display the saved app in Edge.
The saved app will show up in both your app drawer and Start shortcuts. Be aware that apps appear at the bottom of the shortcut menu and in the app drawer in alphabetical order, so you might need to scroll down to find it. If you know what your app’s name is, you can always open a quick-launch window by pressing Windows + R or by typing the Windows key and the app’s name.
It’s possible that the app defaults to the main Bing search box even if you save it inside the chat window.
An app for Bing or Chat GPT will then show up. Just like ChatGPT, you can pin the app to your Start menu in Microsoft Edge.
Then scroll down to More Tools > Pin to Start by selecting the ellipsis menu (…) in the upper right.
When you do this, the website will be added to your Start menu shortcuts but not to your app drawer. This simply means that when you need to use ChatGPT, Bing, or Bard, you’ll have to fish them out of the shortcuts.
5. Store ChatGPT or Bing in Chrome as a “shortcut”
With one exception, Chrome uses different terminology to achieve the same goals. You can choose whether or not to open a new window when creating a “shortcut” to the app in Chrome. In this instance, the shortcut is saved as an additional tab that will open when you click on it by default. Additionally, you have the option to save it as a separate window, effectively saving it as an app. The shortcut will be added to the Start shortcuts menu in both situations but not to the list of Windows applications.
That’s it. You are good to go for Bing and/or ChatGPT!