Google Chrome - change the 'download pdf' setting for everyone, but not force it.

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We have google already installed on a few hundred computers.  I'd like to default the below setting to 'on', but not force it, so users still have the ability to change it themselves.  I found a group policy to force it, but I just want to change the setting once for everyone.  There must be a way.  Can't find a setting for this in the registry.

'Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome'
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Settings ―> Advanced ―> Site settings ―> PDF documents ―> turn on Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome

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Yes, I know where the setting is.  My question was regarding how do I push that setting out to hundreds of computers, while still leaving the setting lit up for the user to change it if they like.  Thanks though.

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This setting is stored in this file
"C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences"
"always_open_pdf_externally":false

For new installations that file could be pushed out, although there's probably a better way for new installations.
For existing installations this doesn't really help since you can't overwrite that file without wiping out all the other settings in the file.
It'd be fairly easy to write a script that can read that file, change the setting, and save it back, for each user, without affecting the other settings in that file.  Run it once in the logon script or something.  So far that's the best solution.
This is the only way I found to do this...

This setting is stored in this file
"C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences"
"always_open_pdf_externally":false

For new installations that file could be pushed out, although there's probably a better way for new installations.
For existing installations this doesn't really help since you can't overwrite that file without wiping out all the other settings in the file.
It'd be fairly easy to write a script that can read that file, change the setting, and save it back, for each user, without affecting the other settings in that file.  Run it once in the logon script or something.  So far that's the best solution.

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