I use Zoom for my work a lot. I pass around Zoom links like they’re popcorn being shared at a movie theater. I’ve got them in my calendar, in Slack, and in emails.
I used to be able to click on a link, and the link would open in my default web browser (Google Chrome), and then that would open up the Zoom application.
In Google Chrome 77, Google changed that. Now, I have one more button to click to confirm that I want to open up the Zoom application. There used to be a checkbox labeled Always open these types of links in the associated app, but that went away.
However, there is a hidden preference (intended for policy administration, but usable by all) that can bring it back! Windows users can add a registry entry, but I’m on a Mac. Here’s how a Mac user can do it:
- Quit Google Chrome
- Open up Terminal
- Run the following code at the terminal prompt:
defaults write com.google.Chrome ExternalProtocolDialogShowAlwaysOpenCheckbox -bool true
- Restart Google Chrome
Now, when you try to open links, that checkbox will be back. Check it, and you’ll have less buttons to click in the future!
This did not work for Chrome 89+ so here’s a solution:
Go into chrome://flags/ and search for “Insecure origins treated as secure”, enable it and add your domains there – the ones where you want the checkbox to be present.