Configure Google Chrome on Windows 10 Devices
Google Chrome is one of the widely adopted browsers and users on Windows 10 devices also prefer Google Chrome over the native browsers. If you are an organization where Google Chrome is being widely used then ScaleFusion's management console offers you a myriad of settings that lets you control and provide a safe and secure Google Chrome browsing experience.
ScaleFusion offers the following features wrt Google Chrome,
- Whitelist Websites: Please refer to our help document on how to whitelist websites in Google Chrome.
- Chrome Configurations: A collection of settings divided into the multiple sections to get a granular control on Google Chrome. This document helps you understand the various settings and how to use them.
Before you Begin
- Create a Windows Device Profile
- Ensure that Google Chrome is installed on all the Windows 10 devices.
Configuring Google Chrome Settings
- Navigate to Device Management > Device Profile and either Edit an existing Windows profile or create a new Windows profile.
- Click on Chrome Configurations to configure Google Chrome Settings.
- STARTUP: This section offers you to control the startup experience. The options are,
Configure if you want to enforce the "Home" button or hide it.
- USER EXPERIENCE: This section lets you control the various user experience related items,
Bookmark Folder Name
Provide a name for the bookmark bar and additionally add the Whitelisted websites to the bookmark folder.
Note: Empty bookmark folder names will not show up until a bookmark is added.
Configure Bookmark bar visibility, you can either enforce it or disable it or let users control it.
Choose to Allow or Disable developer tools. Allowing it will allow the use of F12 key or Inspect option on web-pages.
Select AutoFill behavior by enforcing it, disabling it or having users control it.
- CONTENT: This section lets you control the policies related to web content. The options are,
Configure of popups are allowed to be displayed or blocked.
Allows you to set whether websites are allowed to automatically run the Flash plugin
Google Web Search
Configure if SafeSearch in Google Search is always active.
YouTube Restriction Mode
Enforces a minimum Restricted Mode on YouTube and prevents users from picking a less restricted mode.
Extend Whitelist Website Policy
You can choose to extend the Whitelist Websites that you have allowed by the following options,
- SECURITY: Use this section to enforce the following security policies in Chrome,
If this settings is disabled, users cannot save new passwords but they may still use passwords that have been saved previously.
Specifies whether the user may open pages in Incognito mode in Google Chrome.
Control if browsing history should be saved.
Clear Browser History
Control if users can delete browsing and download history.
Note that even with this policy disabled, the browsing and download history are not guaranteed to be retained: users may be able to edit or delete the history database files directly, and the browser itself may expire or archive any or all history items at any time.
Prevent users from proceeding anyway from the warning page to the malicious site.
Note: This policy only prevents users from proceeding on Safe Browsing warnings (e.g. malware and phishing) not for SSL certificate related issues like invalid or expired certificates.
Allows you to set whether websites are allowed to track the users' physical location. Tracking the users' physical location can be allowed by default, denied by default or the user can be asked every time a website requests the physical location.
This policy controls the sign-in behavior of the browser. You can Allow, Block or Force the users to SignIn to Chrome using their managed account.
Force Ephemeral Mode
If set to Erase after session, then the profile data is persisted on disk only for the length of the user session. Features like browser history, extensions and their data, web data like cookies and web databases are not preserved after the browser is closed. However this does not prevent the user from downloading any data to disk manually, save pages or print them.
- NETWORK: Use this settings to configure proxy settings,
The options are,
- SEARCH: Configure the search settings for Google Chrome
Enable or disable search suggestions in Google Chrome's omnibox and prevents users from changing this setting.
Default Search Provider
Lockdown the default search provider by providing the following details,
- PRINTING: Use this section to configure the Printing options,
Note: It is still possible to print from plugins that bypass Google Chrome while printing. For example, certain Flash applications have the print option in their context menu, which is not covered by this policy.
Google Cloud Print
Allow or Block documents to be submitted to Google Cloud Print.
Cloud Printer Management
Allow or Block users to add or remove cloud printers.
- Once you have made the required settings, click on NEXT > UPDATE PROFILE to save the changes to the profile. Once a profile is saved the changes are pushed to all the devices in the profile.
1. The policies are applied only to the devices where Google Chrome is pre-installed.
2. Some policies require the Google Chrome to be restarted and are applied only on browser restart.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Can we enforce users to use Google Chrome instead of Microsoft Edge?
Answer: Yes. You can choose to blacklist Microsoft Edge using the Application Policy in Device Profile. This will force the users to use Google Chrome.