Group Policy Templates for Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has released a preview version of the Group Policies for their newest Chromium-based Edge browser. Here is how to download them.

As you may already know, Microsoft Edge, the default web browser of Windows 10, is moving to a Chromium-compatible web engine in the Desktop version. Microsoft explains that the intention behind this move is to create better web compatibility for customers and less fragmentation for web developers. Microsoft has already made a number of contributions to the Chromium project, helping to port the project to Windows on ARM. The company promises to contribute more to the Chromium project.

Microsoft Edge Download Page

Like many other Chromium-based browsers, the new Microsoft Edge browser includes support for the Group Policy. Microsoft has released a set of administrative templates that will allow administrators and advanced users to maintain certain browser features in a production environment pr locally.

As of now, the templates are available in English (US) only. Also, there are no templates included for updates, as Microsoft is about to release it separately for their enterprise customers.

The templates come with an HTML file which provides brief descriptions for available options.The ZIP archive includes the ADMX file, an English (US) version of the ADML file, and an English (US) HTML doc with the list of policies and descriptions.Clicking on the policy name will lead you to a page with the policy option details.

Download Administrative Templates for Microsoft Edge Chromium

You might be interested in reading the official announcement here.

How to install Group Policy Administrative Templates for Microsoft Edge

Note: You need to be running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition to use the Local Group Policy Editor app (gpedit.msc) for adding templates.

To install Group Policy Administrative Templates for Microsoft Edge, do the following.

  1. Download the templates.
  2. Unpack the files to any folder you want.
  3. Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type gpedit.msc.Windows 10 run gpedit
  4. Under Computer Configuration on the left, right-click the Administrative templates item.Edge Install Administrative Templates 1
  5. In the Add/Remove Templates dialog, click on the Add button.Edge Install Administrative Templates 2
  6. Browse from the file \windows\adm\en-US\msedge.adm. and click on Open.Edge Install Administrative Templates 3
  7. In the Add/Remove Templates dialog, click on Close.Edge Install Administrative Templates 4
  8. Expand the Group Policy options to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates (ADM)\Microsoft Edge.Edge Install Administrative Templates 5

The administrative templates add the changes under the following Registry branch:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge


As of now, these are the actual versions of the Microsoft Edge Chromium:

I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

1 thought on “Group Policy Templates for Microsoft Edge Chromium

  1. Kay

    Nice but all all policies set are blocked! :(

    “This policy is blocked – its value will be ignored.”

    Reply

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