You can set up policy templates to control Chrome Browser on managed Windows computers. You use the Group Policy Management Editor to set up the policies.
Tip: For detailed steps, see the Chrome Browser Deployment Guide for Windows.
Step 1: Add the Chrome Browser policy template
You can currently use Group Policy to control over 200 policies in a chrome.admx file. When you load the file, each policy is active with a default setting (Not Configured) that can be modified at any time.
To add the policy template:
- Open the downloaded Chrome Browser bundle and go to Configuration admx.
- Copy the google.admx and chrome.admx files to your Policy Definition template folder. (Example: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions)
- In the admx folder, open the appropriate language folder. For example, if you’re in the U.S., open the en-US folder.
- Copy the google.adml and chrome.adml files to the matching language folder in your Policy Definition folder. (Example: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US)
- Open Group Policy to confirm the files loaded correctly. If an error occurs, it’s usually because the files are in an incorrect location. Check the locations and confirm again.
Step 2: Set policies
In Group Policy, you can set policies to control Chrome Browser on managed computers. To determine the default settings for a particular policy, open it in Group Policy.
- Open Group Policy and go to Administrative Templates Google Google Chrome.
Note: Not all policies are in the root Google Chrome folder. Be sure to look in the subfolders.
- Find and open the policy you want to configure.
- Choose an option:
- Enable—Allows you to change the policy from the default setting.
- Disable—Prevents the policy from affecting Chrome Browser.
- Not Configured—Resets the policy to its default.
Here are a few policies to get you started.
(In Group Policy)
Show Home button on toolbar
|Shows the Home button on the toolbar|
|Configure the home page URL (Home page folder)||Sets the default homepage URL.|
|Enable reporting of usage and crash-related data||Determines if anonymous data is sent to Google|
|Configure extension installation blocklist (Extensions Folder)||Specifies which extension users cannot install. Extensions already installed will be disabled if blocklisted|
|Enable Safe Browsing||Enables the Google Safe Browsing feature and prevents users from changing any settings related to it.|