Feature Switching


Overview

These instructions are for deploying Read&Write for Google Chrome with a customized toolbar with features that can be disabled across a G Suite for Education domain or a Windows network 

Please note: Once deployed, any disabled features will be applied to all users

Steps

  • The Policy Files will need to be downloaded. 

  • The toolbar preferences file needs to be edited to disable the features

  • File to be deployed through the Google Admin Console

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Files Download 

Click Policy Files to download the the files that are used to deploy Read&Write for Google Chrome with features that you choose to be disabled



Deploying File through the Google Admin Console

Editing the Preferences File

To setup Read&Write for Google Chrome with features disabled, the following instructions can be used to deploy a custom toolbar:

  • Go to the location where the Policy Files were extracted 

  • Open the thrwpreferences.json file in Notepad or TextEdit  (or any basic text editor)

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

thrwpreferences.json unedited


  • For example to disable Prediction, Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, and Web Search, change the value in the editor from true to false

thrwpreferences.json edited

  • 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 Device Management from the main console.

Google Admin Console Device management


  • Select Chrome management from the menu under Device Settings

Google Admin Console Chrome management


  • In Chrome Management select App Management.

Google Admin Console Chrome management App Management


  • Locate Read&Write for Google Chrome™.

Read&Write for Google Chrome


  • Go to User Settings.

Google Admin Console User Settings


  • Select the OU or sub OU that Read&Write for Google Chrome is to be deployed to.

  • Ensure that Allow installation and Force installation are enabled (blue bar), using Override, if necessary.

Google Admin Console User Settings Allow/Force Installation


  • Under Configure click Override

Google Admin Console User Settings Configure/Override


  • Then you will see UPLOAD CONFIGURATION FILE. Click that bar and browse to the location where the thrwpreferences.json file is located

Google Admin Console User Settings Upload Configuration


  • Once the file uploads you will see Setting overridden

Google Admin Console User Settings Settings Overridden

  • You can click the View link to see the configuration file

  • To remove the configuration, click the Inherit link



Deploying File via Group Policy

  • Click Policy Files to download the the files. 

  • Extract the files to a location of your preference.


Editing the Registry Preferences File

  • Navigate to the location where the Policy Files were extracted and select the thrwpreferences.reg file. 

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

thrwpreferences.reg Unedited


To disable features, change the value of any feature from to 0. For example, to disable Prediction, Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, and Web Search, change the value in the editor from to 0

thrwpreferences.reg Edited

  • 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 thrwpreferences.reg file so that all features to be enabled show as =dword:1 and redeploy as above