If you often mirror your web browser on an external display, you can show Google Cast toolbar icon in Google Chrome to get things done faster. It is possible to show or hide the Google Cast toolbar icon using the Registry Editor and the Local Group Policy Editor.
Google Cast or Chromecast can let you get the job done smoothly as long as you use the Google Chrome browser on your computer. However, Google Chrome doesn’t show an icon to mirror your web browser on the second display quickly. You have to click on the menu and select the Cast option every time. However, if you frequently use this functionality, it is better to have a dedicated icon to save some time.
Note: Without integrating Group Policy Template for Chrome, you cannot follow these steps.
How to show or hide Google Cast toolbar icon in Chrome
To show the Google Cast toolbar icon in Chrome using Group Policy Editor, follow these steps-
- Search for gpedit.msc in the Taskbar search box.
- Click on the individual result.
- Navigate to Google Cast in Computer Configuration.
- Double-click on the Show the Google Cast toolbar icon setting.
- Choose the Enabled option.
- Click on the OK button.
To get started, search for gpedit.msc in the Taskbar search box and click on the individual result to open the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. After that, navigate to the following path-
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Google > Google Chrome > Google Cast
Double-click on the Show the Google Cast toolbar icon setting visible on your right-hand side and choose the Enabled option.
At last, click the OK button to show the Google Cast toolbar icon.
If you want to hide the Google Cast toolbar icon, choose the Not Configured or Disabled option.
For your information, you can do the same with the help of the Registry Editor. If you use the REGEDIT method, it is recommended to create a System Restore point to be on the safe side.
Enable or disable Google Cast toolbar icon in Google Chrome
To enable or disable the Google Cast toolbar icon in Google Chrome using Registry Editor, follow these steps-
- Press Win+R to open the Run prompt.
- Type regedit and hit the Enter button.
- Click on the Yes button.
- Navigate to the Policies in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
- Right-click on Policies > New > Key.
- Set the name as Google.
- Right-click on the Google > New > Key.
- Name it as Chrome.
- Right-click on Chrome > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name it as ShowCastIconInToolbar.
- Double-click on it to set the Value data as 1.
- Click the OK button.
At first, you need to open the Registry Editor on your PC. For that, press Win+R, type regedit and hit the Enter button. If your PC shows the UAC prompt, click on the Yes button to open this utility. After that, navigate to the following path-
Right-click on the Policies and select the New > Key options. It creates a new key, and you have to name it Google.
Then, right-click on Google and select New > Key to create a sub-key named Chrome. Following that, right-click on Chrome and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. It creates a REG_DWORD value inside the Chrome key. You need to name it as ShowCastIconInToolbar.
By default, the Value data is set as 0, which you need to change to 1. For that, double-click on it, enter 1 and click the OK button.
In case you want to hide the Google Cast toolbar icon in the Chrome browser, either set the Value data as 0 or delete the ShowCastIconInToolbar REG_DWORD value.
That’s all! Hope this tutorial helps.