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About Google Chrome's Managed by your Organization entry

Google Chrome users who run a recent version of the web browser, Chrome 73 or newer, may have spotted a new entry in Chrome's main menu called "Managed by your Organization".

The entry is added to the bottom of the main menu and a click leads to a support page on Google's Chromebook website that provides basic information about managed Chromebooks or Chrome browsers.

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If policies are set that affect Chrome on a device, the "Managed by your organization" entry is displayed in the menu; this can be the case for machines or browsers in Enterprise work environments. There are, however, situations, where policies are not set by the user or an administrator and the message is still displayed.

The most likely explanation for that is that an extension has set a policy in Chrome when it was installed.

Is your Chrome browser managed?

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The very first thing you may want to do to analysis the issue is to open chrome://policy/ in the browser's address bar to see if policies are listed.

If you see at least one policy, Google Chrome will display the Managed by your organization entry in the menu.

Chrome lists all policies that apply to the browser when you load the internal page. Chrome displays "No policies set" if no policies affect the web browser.

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You may also want to load Chrome://management to find out if the browser is managed by an administrator. If you see "Your device is not managed by an administrator", then it is not managed by one. Policies can still be set and affect Chrome.

How to deal with the issue?

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You have a couple of options to deal with the new managed menu entry in Chrome. One option that may be at your disposal is to remove any policy that affects Chrome.

The option may not be practicable in work environments, but if you use Chrome at home, you may reset policies and remove extensions to do so.

A better option is to hide the new menu entry in Chrome. Google added a new flag to Chrome's experimental page that you may set to hide the menu entry.

  1. Load chrome://flags/#show-managed-ui in the browser's address bar.
  2. Set the Show managed UI for managed users flag to Disabled.
  3. Restart Chrome.

Doing so should hide the "Managed by your organization" entry in Chrome's menu.

Google published a Chrome policy remover program for Windows that you may run to remove policies that affect the browser.

Now You: Was "Managed by your organization" displayed in your version of Chrome?

 

This article was first seen on ComTek's "TekBits" Technology News

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