How To Prevent Editing Bookmarks In Google Chrome On Windows 11/10

If you want prevent modification of bookmarks in Google Chrome on a Windows 11/10 computer, then this post is helpful. Once done, you will not be able to add new bookmark, edit (edit) or delete existing bookmarks in Chrome browser. Keyboard shortcuts and options to mark the current tab and mark all tabs will not work. Add this tab to favorites the icon will also disappear from the Chrome browser’s Omnibox. In addition to that, you cannot rename or delete a bookmark folder in the bookmark manager or use the Edit, wipe off, To cut, add a pageand add folder Chrome browser context menu options. All of these options will be grayed out or removed from Google Chrome.

You can continue to use existing bookmarks that you have saved in your Chrome browser. The only thing is that any type of editing or changing bookmarks will be restricted or disabled. You will have the choice to make this change permanent or temporary. When you want to add new bookmarks, delete and edit bookmarks, you can re-enable bookmark editing.

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Here are the two built-in Windows 11/10 features that help prevent bookmarks from being changed in Google Chrome:

  1. Group Policy Editor
  2. Registry Editor.

Before continuing, we recommend that you create a system restore point. When done, use one of the options mentioned below.

1]Prevent Editing of Bookmarks in Google Chrome on Windows 11/10 Using Group Policy Editor

To use this option for this task, you must first integrate Google Chrome with Group Policy. Once you’ve done that, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open Group Policy Editor
  2. Access Google Chrome case
  3. Access Enable or disable bookmark editing setting
  4. Use the Disabled option
  5. press the OKAY button.

Let’s check all these steps.

At first, open Windows 11/10 Group Policy Editor. To do this, you can type gpedit in the search box and press the Walk in key.

When the Group Policy Editor window is open, navigate to Google Chrome case. This can be done using the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative templates > Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) > Google > Google Chrome

access google chrome folder

look for it Enable or disable bookmark editing parameter in the right section and double-click on this parameter to open it or access it in a new window.

Now select the Disabled option present at the top left for this setting. Finally, click on the OKAY button.

select disabled and ok buttons

Changes are applied instantly and bookmark editing will be disabled for Google Chrome. You don’t need to restart Chrome browser or refresh open tabs for this.

To re-enable bookmark editing in Google Chrome, repeat the above steps and go to Enable or disable bookmark editing setting window. This time, select the Not configured option and press the OKAY button.

Related: How to prevent changes to bookmarks on Microsoft Edge.

2]Disable Editing Bookmarks in Google Chrome on Windows 11/10 using Registry Editor

  1. Open the registry editor window
  2. Access Strategies key
  3. To create a Google Registration key
  4. Add one Chromium Registration key
  5. Create Edit enabled bookmarks DWORD value
  6. Restart Google Chrome.

Here is the explanation of all these steps.

In the first step, you need to open the registry editor window. To do this, type regedit in the search box, then click the Walk in key.

Access Strategies Registration key. Here is the path to this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicies

access the policy key

After selecting the Strategies key, create a Google Registration key. To do this, start by creating a new registry key, then rename this new key to Google.

Under this Google registry key, add a new registry key with the name Chromium.

Now open the Chrome key right-click context menu, open the New menu and use the DWORD (32-bit) value option. This will add a new DWORD value which you need to rename with Edit enabled bookmarks.

create bookmark enabled dword value

Finally, restart Google Chrome. It will successfully enable the setting which will disable Chrome’s bookmark editing options.

To re-enable bookmark editing in Chrome browser, you need to go to the Strategies key, then wipe off the Google registry key.

Restart the Chrome browser (if it’s already open), then you can start editing your Chrome bookmarks again.

To lock bookmarks in Chrome browser, you can try some free Chrome extensions. These extensions allow you to set a password to access saved bookmarks or create a list of password-protected bookmarks. Alternatively, you can also prevent bookmarks from being edited in Google Chrome if you are using a Windows 11/10 computer. For this you can use Group Policy Editor and or Registry Editor features of Windows 11/10. The steps to use the two features to disable Chrome Browser bookmark editing are covered separately in this article.

If you want to prevent bookmarks from being modified in Google Chrome browser, you can do so on Windows 11/10 computer using two native options. These options are Registry Editor and Group Policy Editor. Once you apply the related setting, the edit bookmarks option will be greyed out. Also, other options like add bookmark, delete bookmark folder, delete bookmark, etc. will not work. To use any of these options, see this article which includes step-by-step instructions for disabling bookmark editing in Google Chrome.

Hope this is helpful.

Read next: How to Show or Hide Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome on Windows PC.

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