Launch Edge in Full screen when users login to domain

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HI,

I want to load Edge when users login to their computer, with a particular home page, in Full screen.

I can achieve this in Group Policy with Internet Explorer, but I would prefer to do it in Edge.

Can this be achieved in Group Policy on a Windows Server 2016 domain?

Thanks in advance.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information Systems

Commented:
The limitation isn't in Group Policy, but in Edge.  I've never found a way to launch it in kiosk mode, without having closed it that way.  If this is, in fact, a kiosk, you could go that route - just make sure no one can press F11.

The rest of it - launching a particular web site - is doable.
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Leaving out kiosk, the best way in my opinion would be to deploy a little batch to the startup folder of any user with the following line as content:

start microsoft-edge:https://www.yoursite.com

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The startup folder is %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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Commented:
Hi McKnife - the idea looks great, thank you!

Can we include a value which makes it open in full screen?
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Not that I know of. Why would you need that, should it keep people from using the browser controls?

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Commented:
We want the intranet to open full screen to take over their screen when they first log in.

Edge seems best way of doing this as few people use it, most would prefer IE, so I don't want to enable to Group Policy to force IE into full screen.

Ideally the intranet will open full screen, but they could press Esc or F11 to get back control of the window.
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The ways to force Edge to full screen will imply that it's the only running application that user will ever be able to start, so, no, I know no other way for you.

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Commented:
That's fair enough, if it can't be achieved other than by putting the PC into kiosk mode, then it isn't worth it, thanks anyway!

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