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Equatio Feature Switching for Tests and Exams

Overview

These instructions are for deploying Equatio with a customized toolbar with features that can be disabled across a G Suite for Education domain, OU or a Windows network that can be used for restricting features for tests and exams

Please note: Once deployed any disabled features will be applied to all users on your domain

Steps

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Files Download 

Click here for the equatio_preferences.json file and  here for the equatio_preferences.reg file to download the the files that are used to deploy Equatio with features that you choose to be disabled.



Deploying File through the Google Admin Console

Editing the Preferences File

To setup Equatio with features disabled, the following instructions can be used to deploy a custom toolbar:

  • Go to the location where the Policy Files were downloaded 

  • Copy the contents of the equatio_preferences.json file in Notepad or TextEdit  (or any basic text editor)

  • To disable any features, change true to false and then save the equatio_preferences.json file

Equatio_preferences


  • For example to disable all features excluding the Screenshot Reader change the value in the editor from true to false.

Equatio_preferences edit

  • Save the file when finished editing the features to be disabled


Setting Up in the Google Admin Console

  • Login to the Google Admin Console with your G Suite for Education domain administrator account.

  • Select "Select Devices > Chrome > Apps & extensions > Users & browsers".

  • Locate and select Equatio.

Google Admin Console


  • When you select Equatio, the following window will open

Google Admin Console - Equatio


  • Copy the text from the equatio_preferences.json file and paste it into the line Enter a JSON value

  • Click the X in the upper right corner and that will save the configuration.

Deploying File via Group Policy

  • Click here for the equatio_preferences.reg file.

  • Right click on the equatio_preferences.reg file and choose Download to save it to a location of your preference


Editing the Registry Preferences File

  • Navigate to the location where the Policy Files were downloaded and select the equatio_preferences.reg file. 

  • Right click on the thrwpreferences.reg file and choose Open with and open with Notepad (or any text editor)

Equatio_preferences Registry


To disable features, change the value of any feature from to 0. For example, to disable Handwriting, Graph and Mathspace, change the value in the editor from to 0

Equatio_preferences Registry Edit

  • Save the file when finished
  • Update the Windows Registry on the target computers to allow Read&Write for Google Chrome to be setup with the custom configuration.

  • This can be done by running the thrwpreferences.reg file on Windows machines running Read&Write for Google Chrome.

  • If you have many machines, then we recommend deploying the Registry changes via Microsoft Group Policy. This can be done by deploying the .reg file as a machine login script or by applying the contents of the .reg file as a Group Policy Registry Item.

  • To reconfigure the toolbar, reset the equatio_preferences.reg file so that all features to be enabled show as =dword:1 and redeploy as above

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