I have previously written about Chrome extensions that help you launch Chrome Web apps faster than opening an new tab.
Another way to avoid opening a new tab and accessing your web apps quickly is the Apps List from Context Menu extension. All you have to do is right-click on the page you’re viewing and click.
- Launch Google Chrome Web Apps from your context menu (downloadsquad.switched.com)
- How To Launch Chrome Web Apps Without Opening A New Tab Page (savedelete.com)
- Enable the Default Web Apps in Chrome 8 (googlesystem.blogspot.com)
- App Launcher Puts Chrome Webapps In Your Extension Bar for Quick Access [Downloads] (lifehacker.com)