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9/12/19
"Always open these types of links in the associated app" checkbox is not displayed 0 Recommended Answers 71 Replies 463 Upvotes
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After clearing out my cache (completely) all my open in app preferences were cleared (expected). However, now when I try to open link such as Quip or Zoom, I get the prompt to open in the correct application, however, it doesn't show the "Always open these types of links in the associated app".

How can I save the preference?
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9/14/19
I'm having this same issue too after having to reinstall chrome. Kinda annoying when playing roblox since i server hop quite alot and the no checkbox thing to have it always open is a pain. It would become habit but maybe google will fix this.
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9/20/19
Same issue here. I'm having this issue with Zoom and found this article about the issue: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/203787365-Meeting-Won-t-Launch-from-Google-Chrome

However, when I found the `"protocol_handler"` object in my `Preferences` file, it was blank: `"protocol_handler":{}`. 

I updated it per the article to: `"protocol_handler":{"excluded_schemes":{"zoommtg":true}}`, restarted and tried again with no success. I then checked my `Preferences` file again and the object had been changed to: `"protocol_handler":{"excluded_schemes,*":{"zoommtg":true}}` – note the inclusion of `,*` in the object key.

Version 77.0.3865.90 (Official Build) (64-bit)
macOS 10.14.6
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9/20/19
To those who don't enjoy this new feature:
PLEASE SEND FEEDBACK TO THE CHROME TEAM ABOUT THIS ISSUE VIA CHROME
  • To give feedback, just press ALT+SHIFT+i OR
  • Click the menu button (the three dots in the right top corner) > Help > Report an issue


In Chrome 76.0.3809.132 the 'Always open these types of links in the associated app' box is present.
In Chrome 77.0.3865.90 the 'Always open these types of links in the associated app' box is missing.
Furthermore, if you had previously checked the box, this particular setting is ignored after the upgrade.


As others have mentioned this is an incredibly important option to have, especially in an Enterprise environment.  While I understand the [in]security argument and sympathize with those who chant the "You could be exposed because Chrome opened some random URI/protocol handler" mantra, I think it's important to consider:
  • Chrome doesn't open handlers without expressed permission from the user operating the machine.
  • If the operator checked the box & forgot about it, that's not Chrome's fault.
  • If the operator left the machine unattended and someone else did it, that's also not Chrome's fault
  • It's extremely heavy handed to have a feature, and for such a long time too, then take it away without any sort of notice or equivalent workaround
There are plenty of intelligent user-friendly ways to handle this including but not limited to:
  • Always open these types of links from this website in the associated app
  • Allow an 'enhanced security' mode in Chrome that removes the check box along with a number of other changes to improve the security posture.
  • Adjust the process such that making this change requires more thought like displaying a warning banner or prompt to re-validate this setting once a month or quarter or N period of time.
Ok - I'm off my soap box. :)


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9/24/19
I have the same problem, how can I fix this ?

Where is the checkbox ?
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9/25/19
Hi folks,
 
I'm afraid this is intended and the protocol_handler preferences aren't supported for now. I wrote an update about it in this post:
 
Maybe it helps to send in your feedback directly to the Chrome team:
 
How to give feedback about Chrome:
To give feedback, just press [alt + shift + I] (the I from Issue)
or click the menu button (the three dots in the right top corner) > Help > Report an issue
 
Cor
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10/17/19
I hate to be "that guy," but the two big issues from Chrome 77 (this and the annoying notification every time I boot my PC) is causing me to switch browsers.

I join Zoom meetings 3 - 4 times a day.  This irritating change isn't worth me keeping Chrome as my browser.

Bring back Chrome 76.
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10/18/19
Agreed. I'm going to switch to another browser too.
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10/22/19
where is the fix !?
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10/22/19
Taking away options for "Security reason" and not giving the advanced users or enterprise a way to manage their own preferences is why I'll be switching away from the chrome browser.
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Using a plist editor on the mac, I added the following and it worked after closing all my browser windows and exiting the application:

Next time the program ran, I was able to check the box and now it launches zoom without the prompt!
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