We have kept the admin settings of ChromeKiosk as simple as possible without compromising security. ChromeKiosk runs completely stand-alone. The unique PC settings are built inside ChromeKiosk. This means that ZERO Windows OS settings are changed.
How to open admin settings.
To open admin settings press Ctrl+i or Ctrl+Shift +k. On touch screen devices without a physical keyboard simply open the Windows Touch keyboard, change the layout to wide mode to show the Ctrl key and then Press Ctrl+i or Ctrl+Shift+k to open admin settings.
How to close ChromeKiosk and unlock my PC instantly.
Open admin settings using Ctrl+i or Ctrl+Shift+k. Click The UNLOCK PC Button. The UNLOCK PC button closes ChromeKiosk and unlocks the PC instantly back to your windows desktop. There is absolutely no need to log off or restart the PC.
ChromeKiosk is a stand-alone Windows application that has the PC lock down features built-in. So when the admin closes ChromeKiosk the PC is instantly unlocked. But when ChromeKiosk runs it is impossible for a user to access any other areas of the PC. The user is only allowed to use Google Chrome in kiosk mode and nothing else.
The SAVE/CLOSE ADMIN button closes admin settings and loads the ChromeKiosk hope page. All settings are applied and saved instantly and Chrome runs in secure kiosk mode.
Set your ChromeKiosk homepage.
- Your homepage. This is where you set the start page of Chrome Kiosk. Depending on your Google Chrome version you may also have to set the Google Chrome home page. The home button on the floating touch panel will load the Google Chrome home page which will be the same home page you have set in ChromeKiosk admin.
- The touch panel. The touch panel allows your users to go forward, back, home or show the Windows 10 or 11 touch screen keyboard as well as other touch screen keyboards. The user can also click the end session button. This will reload the ChromeKiosk homepage and wipe the users browser history and cookies which is important in a public environment.
- Ctrl+Alt+Del. Under extra you have the option to disable Ctrl+Alt+Del (This is not a permanent setting. It only works when ChromeKiosk runs)
Enable the idle time reset timer.
The reset timer gives you the option for ChromeKiosk to reset automatically if a user no longer uses the kiosk PC. You can change the text under number 3 to your own language. The default 30 seconds is the countdown timer a user will see before ChromeKiosk resets. A user has the option to cancel the reset. (In case they were reading something and not using the mouse or screen in idle mode)
The white list settings.
The white list tab. In previous versions we used to have a custom white list option built-in. We have now added this back in the latest version (Release update 19th December 2023). How does this work? If a user ends up on, lets say, the Ferrari YouTube or Facebook page they can view those pages (if they can be accessed from the main website, which is the case with Ferari.com). However, if a user tries to go to other sections on YouTube or Facebook they will simply be send back to the main homepage, which in this case is set to Ferrari.com. You can apply the white list settings with your own website. You only enter the keyword(s) which is usually your main website name. See the example below. If you do not fill in the other textboxes that’s fine. ChromeKiosk will ignore any empty ones. If you like this feature and you already own ChromeKiosk you can upgrade for free.
When you are happy you can tick the “Only allow access to my website” tick box. And that’ all.
And that is all.
ChromeKiosk is an easy to use complete kiosk software solution to run Google Chrome in secure kiosk mode.
The settings.ini file
The settings.ini location. Users normally have no access to this as it is stored in a secure system location. An ini file is very similar to a text file and can be opened with notepad. This is intended for admin purposes only.
Chrome kiosk parameters
The Chrome Kiosk Parameters should work by default so you do not have to make any changes here. If you change the ChromeKiosk Parameters and the are not set properly Google Chrome may no longer start properly in kiosk mode. In that case simply restore the ChromeKiosk settings and the default settings will show. Or come to this page and you can find them here also.
Chrome Kiosk Parameters. Some options. Hiding the scroll bars
So what if you want to hide the scroll bars? Ok, that is easy. In admin settings go to the admin tab.
Under the Chrome Kiosk parameters add this bit at the end. –hide-scrollbars
So now your Chrome Kiosk Parameters look like this –chrome-frame –kiosk –disable-usb-keyboard-detect –hide-scrollbars
Note: Always use the — (which is – – without spaces) See image below
Reload or restart ChromeKiosk and that is all. See the images below
For advanced admins. You can instantly add any other ChromeKiosk parameters.
You can refer to this reference page for more examples (https://peter.sh/experiments/chromium-command-line-switches/) and what they mean. Although it say Chromium, Google Chrome is build on Chromium so most of these will work directly in Google Chrome kiosk mode. Play around with the ones you like. So no need to use complicated command line settings to run Google Chrome in kiosk mode. You can do this much quicker and easier inside ChromeKiosk. And don’t panic if you make a mistake and Chrome no longer works in kiosk mode the way you want to. You can simply change back to the default settings at the click of a button.
If you are still not sure and want help just send us a quick e-mail.