Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

Let’s learn how to configure Edge Chromium Favorites using Intune Policy. In Intune administrative templates include many out-of-box thousands of settings and security features of Windows 10 and apps to improve the end-user experience.

You can manage your browsing experience more organized while browsing the web by adding favorites sites and keeping track of the websites you frequently visit by adding favorites in Microsoft Edge.

If you are looking to add Favorites manually in Microsoft Edge Chromium, You can check out the post- Add Favorites in Microsoft Edge Chromium. You can also visit this post to configure Edge Chromium Home Page Policies Using Intune Administrative Policies.

Prerequisites – Edge Favorites

Before you start, It’s best to create a custom configuration layout with your favorites. Let’s understand how to configure it.

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Each favorite contains the keys “name” and “url,” which hold the favorite’s name and its target url. By default the folder name is “Managed favorites” but you can change it by adding to the list of favorites a dictionary containing the key “toplevel_name” with the desired folder name as the value.

Note – Ensure the formatting is correct and added value is in place to ignore issues.

Here’s how for example – We have created a folder called HowToManageDevices favorites and inside it placed three favorite’s names with Url. One subfolder called HTMD Social Connect ad had also three favorites.

[
  {
    "toplevel_name": "HowToManageDevices favorites"
  }, 
  {
    "url": "https://www.anoopcnair.com/", 
    "name": "HTMD Blog #1"
  }, 
  {
    "url": "https://howtomanagedevices.com/", 
    "name": "HTMD Blog #2"
  }, 
  {
    "url": "https://forum.howtomanagedevices.com/", 
    "name": "HTMD Forum"
  }, 
  {
    "name": "HTMD Social Connect", 
    "children": [
      {
        "url": "https://www.facebook.com/howtomanagedevicesSCCMIntune", 
        "name": "Facebook"
      }, 
      {
        "url": "https://twitter.com/ManageDevices", 
        "name": "Twitter"
      }
     {
        "url": "https://www.anoopcnair.com/subscribe-to-sccm-intune-enterprise-experience-blog/", 
        "name": "Subscribe SCCM Intune Enterprise Blog"
      }
    ]
  }
]

How to Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune

Follow the below steps to configure the Edge favorites policy –

  • Sign in to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager portal.
  • Navigate to Devices > Windows > Configuration Profiles >+ Create Profile
  • Select Platform as Windows 10 and Later in the drop-down list.
  • Select Profile as Templates, choose Administrative Templates from the available Template name, and click on Create button.
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

On the Basics tab, enter a descriptive name, such as Edge Chromium Favorites. Optionally, enter a Description for the policy then select Next.

Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

On the Configuration settings tab, 👉Select Computer Configuration >Microsoft Edge and Select the policy Configure Favorites in the following locations.

Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

You can also use the search field (“Search to filter items …”) to find a specific setting you want to configure. For example, the search string is Configure Favorites. The search result shows as below, Double click on the policy to configure –

Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

Here we are specifying the same settings to the policy which is configured in the above –

[
  {
    "toplevel_name": "HowToManageDevices favorites"
  }, 
  {
    "url": "https://www.anoopcnair.com/", 
    "name": "HTMD Blog #1"
  }, 
  {
    "url": "https://howtomanagedevices.com/", 
    "name": "HTMD Blog #2"
  }, 
  {
    "url": "https://forum.howtomanagedevices.com/", 
    "name": "HTMD Forum"
  }, 
  {
    "name": "HTMD Social Connect", 
    "children": [
      {
        "url": "https://www.facebook.com/howtomanagedevicesSCCMIntune", 
        "name": "Facebook"
      }, 
      {
        "url": "https://twitter.com/ManageDevices", 
        "name": "Twitter"
      }
     {
        "url": "https://www.anoopcnair.com/subscribe-to-sccm-intune-enterprise-experience-blog/", 
        "name": "Subscribe SCCM Intune Enterprise Blog"
      }
    ]
  }
]

Select the Enabled button, Input the configured list of managed favorites. Click OK.

Configure Favorites | Endpoint Manager
Configure Favorites | Endpoint Manager

Once you have done it, It’s also best to enable the favorites bar for Microsoft Edge. Follow the same approach look for Enable favorites bar in Computer Configuration >Microsoft Edge.

The Favorites bar shows Url to websites you have added in favorites. This is very useful, allowing users to automatically see all added favorites and browse to the site or page with a single click.

Enable Favorites Bar Intune Policy
Enable Favorites Bar Intune Policy

Once you configured the policies, It will be displayed with the label Enabled as shown below. Click Next.

Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

Add scope tags (if required) and, click Next.

Under Assignments, Select Included groups and then choose Select groups to include one or more groups. Select Next to continue.

Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

In Review, review your configuration settings and assignments. When you select Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned. 

Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager

A notification will appear automatically in the top right-hand corner with a message. Here you can see, that Profile “Edge Chromium Favorites” created successfully. Your groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service.

End-User Experience

Once the policy settings configured above are applied. Then, when a user launches the Microsoft Edge Chromium browser, you can see that the favorites bar appeared with all added favorites.

In your browser address bar, Type edge://policy/ to check the policies deployed to the device.

Configure Edge Chromium Favorites
Configure Edge Chromium Favorites

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10 thoughts on “Configure Edge Chromium Favorites Using Intune | Endpoint Manager”

  1. Hi this works great, but when I add another config policy for a second folder of links, the original folder is removed and the new one doesnt show either… is there a limit of how many you can apply?

    Reply
    • Hello Neil, Good to hear! How exactly are you trying to make the folder structure? Could you please add more details that will help us to suggest you further! You can also reach out to us via HTMDForum.com for any help!

      Reply
  2. I have a problem with assigning multiple sets of favorites as well. If i want a group of people to have 2 different sets of favorites, the profile gets status CONFLICT and none of the favorite folders show.

    Reply
  3. I’ve seen that happen to me as well. It’s as if intune doesn’t like multiple Configuration Profiles doing similar configurations. I’d suggest you’d need to create just 1 containing what you want and assign it to just 1 group.

    Reply
  4. Does anyone know how to add a link directly to the Favorites Bar instead of adding it to a Top-Level Folder? I’ll need the XML code.

    Thanks,
    Tek

    Reply
  5. The problem I’m having is updating a favourites policy. Intially I added the policy to a device, made a change.to the favourites and they never would update. I deleted the policy altogether, and the policy was still active on the endpoint.
    Am going to experiment with adding a user policy version, which would make more sense for my scenario, but would like to get rid of the settings configured from the original device based policy

    Reply
  6. Um… Just for the record.

    It’s much easier to export the Managed Favorites directly in the XML notation from Edge than to mess around with that wacky xml-notation in a text- /xml-editor.

    It can be done as follows:

    1.) Enable “Favorites configuration export for administrators”:
    edge://flags/#edge-favorites-admin-export

    2.) Build your Folder- / Favorite-Structure:
    edge://favorites/

    3.) Click on the Three dots and choose “Export favorites configuration” (You only see that option when “Admin export” is Enabled)

    4.) Choose a Name, copy the Favorites XML directly to the clipboard and paste it afterwards to your GPO / Intune Configuration Profile, whatever…

    Reply

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