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 that can be used for restricting features for tests and exams
Please note: Once deployed, any disabled features will be applied to all users
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
File to be deployed by Windows Group Policy
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
Right click on the files and choose Download to save them to a location of your preference
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 downloaded
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
For example to disable Prediction, Picture Dictionary, and Web Search, change the value in the editor from true to false
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.
Select Chrome management from the menu under Device Settings
In Chrome Management select App Management.
Locate Read&Write for Google Chrome™.
Go to 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.
Under Configure click Override
Then you will see UPLOAD CONFIGURATION FILE. Click that bar and browse to the location where the thrwpreferences.json file is located
- Once the file uploads you will see Setting overridden.
You can click the View link to see the configuration file
To remove the configuration, click the Inherit link
Click Policy Files to download the the thrwpreferences.reg file.
Right click on the thrwpreferences.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 thrwpreferences.reg file.
Right click on the thrwpreferences.reg file and choose Open with and open with Notepad (or any text editor)
To disable features, change the value of any feature from 1 to 0. For example, to disable Prediction, Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, and Web Search, change the value in the editor from 1 to 0
- 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