Chrome: Remember my choice please!

One of the most frustrating issues we have with Chrome is that when we click a link that has an application associated to it, Chrome always asks if we want to open that application. There used to be the option to “always open these types of links in this application”, but because the Chrome developers haven’t got round to building a graphical user interface to undo your choice, they removed it altogether.

The fix is pretty straightforward. We have to add a registry key to tell Chrome to bring back that checkbox option. Once that option’s back, it’s just case of clicking the checkbox to remember our choice.

The steps are as follows

  1. Run the Registry patch
  2. Restart the computer
  3. Click a link that causes you this issue
  4. Tick the checkbox and click “Open”.

The registry fix:

You can download the .reg file from us here: Registry Patch File Download (don’t forget to restart after applying!).

Here’s the raw registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

DWORD (32-bit): ExternalProtocolDialogShowAlwaysOpenCheckbox

Value Data: 1 (Hex)

Source: https://cloud.google.com/docs/chrome-enterprise/policies/?policy=ExternalProtocolDialogShowAlwaysOpenCheckbox