Chrome’s Kiosk Mode Limits Access To Your Computer

Chrome’s Kiosk Mode Limits Access To Your Computer

Chrome: When you let someone use your computer, you would probably prefer that person stick to the web browser. You can (sort of) enforce that with kiosk mode.

By enabling kiosk mode and creating a secondary user profile, you can provide a guest with a full-screen browser devoid of any of your personal data. Here’s how:

  1. Open up Chrome’s settings.
  2. Under “Users” click “Add new user”.
  3. Give the new profile a name and picture. Make sure “Create a desktop shortcut for this user” is checked. Click “Create”.
  4. Right-click the newly created shortcut and select “Properties”.
  5. In the “Target” field, add ” -- kiosk” (no quotes) to the end.
  6. Click “Apply”.

There you have it! Now, when you launch this shortcut, it will open Chrome into a dummy user account in full-screen mode. Now, this isn’t any true security, per se. A simple Alt-F4 will exit the app and give your guest access to your entire computer. However, if the person you’re sharing with isn’t as tech savvy as you are, it can be just enough to nudge them politely in the “stay the heck away from my stuff” direction.

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  • er, this dosnt seem to do anything. it opens a chrome window but i can still do whatever i want on the taskbar. pretty sure ive done it exactly as written.

  • Its not exactly what Kiosk mode is used for. Its designed to, when launched, pop up in full screen mode. So you stick it in the startup folder, and when used for digital signage or touch screen kiosk machines, if restarted, it launches the browser in full screen. Without a keyboard, you cant get to the task bar.

    Its also used to get rid of the prompt when it comes to printing….although there are some issues around this and the results can be flakey. I used chrome when running a hosted POS solution in kiosk mode.

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