Fixing always open links of this type in the associated app missing in Chrome

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In Chrome 76.0.3809.132, the field “Always open these types of links in the associated app” is present. In Chrome 77.0.3865.90, the field “Always open these types of links in the associated app” is missing.

If you checked the box before, this special setting will be ignored after the upgrade.

What Protocol Handlers Do

A log manager gives Google Chrome permission to open an application installed on your computer and perform certain actions based on the link you select. When you select a Slack “magic link” in your inbox, the Slack application itself opens and you’re logged in, while clicking on an email address can open your default email application, whether it’s Outlook, Mail, or Thunderbird. You’ve probably found a link to one or two applications that automatically open iTunes without your permission. This is the protocol manager at work.

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How to Restore ‘Always open links of this type in the associated app’

To turn “Always open links of this type in the associated application” back on, we need to change the registry. Press the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the execution window. Type “regedit” and press the Enter key. This opens the registry editor.

Navigate to the next key.


The Google key may not exist. In this case, right-click on the “Policies” button and select “New>Key” from the context menu. Call it Google. Then right-click on the Google key you just created and select New>Key again from the context menu. This time it’s called Chrome.

Once you’ve configured the keys, right-click the Chrome key and select New>WORD (32-bit) from the context menu. Name this value ExternalProtocolDialogShowAlwaysOpenCheckbox and set its value to 1.

Restart Chrome, and the next time Chrome asks permission to open an external application, the command prompt will include the option “Always open links of this type in the associated application”. If you enable this option, Chrome will not ask for permission next time.

You need to be careful which applications Chrome is allowed to open automatically. Chrome does its job by confirming that you want to open an application, but it’s up to you not to install any malicious/malicious applications on your PC. You should also be careful about the links you click.

This setting can be revoked/reset by deleting your cookies and website data. It is also reset if you change the default application that processes a certain type of request. For example, if you change the default email client from Outlook to Thunderbird, Chrome will ask for permission to open it the next time you click on a mailto link.


If you have recently cleared or completely reset the browser cache from Chrome, your preferences in the application will also be cleared. This is what we expect. However, when you reopen applications, the message “Always open this type of link in the associated application” may not appear next to the prompt to open in the correct application.

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