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Manage application controls

Who has access:
Grammarly Enterprise admins

Grammarly is committed to strong data privacy principles for all users. You can specify additional restrictions for your team on what content or data Grammarly can access.

The application controls feature allows Enterprise admins to specify which desktop applications Grammarly will not run on. If an application is added to the blocklist, your team members will not be able to use Grammarly on that specific desktop application.

Note: This feature is implemented for Grammarly for Windows and Grammarly for Mac only.

To configure application controls, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Home page, open the Organization tab → Enterprise SecurityDomains and apps.
  2. To add an application to the blocklist, click Add to block list at the top of the page.
  3. In the window that appears next, choose the Application option and specify the exact filename for a Mac or Windows application you’d like Grammarly to be blocked from accessing in the Filename field. To block Grammarly in an application on both operating systems, you need to add each application filename to the blocklist separately.
  4. Specify on which level this control will be applied:
    • If you want to restrict Grammarly usage in the specified application for every member in your organization, select Entire organization.
    • If you want to restrict Grammarly usage in the application only for specific member groups, select Specific groups and choose which groups this setting should be applied to. Optionally, you can select Make this an admin controlled group if you also want to limit the ability to delete a specified group or remove members from that group only to admins. You can learn more in this article: How to organize members into groups
  5. Click Save.

Once you save these settings, Grammarly will not run in the applications you specify.

You can always remove applications from the blocklist on the Domains and apps page by clicking on the trash bin icon next to the application you’d like to remove from the list.

Naming conventions for applications control

When you add an application to the blocklist, you need to ensure that you use the correct syntax for the application name, which differs in the Windows and macOS operating systems.

On applications that run on Windows, use the executable name (this is usually something like “executable_name.exe”) to specify the application you want to block Grammarly from running. For applications that run on macOS, use the bundle identifier, which uniquely identifies an application.

Important: If your organization uses both Windows and Mac computers and you wish to block the same application on both operating systems, you need to add the application with the appropriate syntax for each operating system.

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