Resetting your browser to its default state

Resetting your browser to its default state can frequently fix problems. For example, a software you set up can also trade your search engine, set up toolbars, and do other unwelcome things. Or you may additionally have by accident modified superior settings on your own.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome has an choice that will reset itself to its default settings. To discover this option, click the menu button (three horizontal lines) in the upper-right corner of the browser window and pick out “Settings”. Start typing “reset settings” in the search box. Settings matching the search term begin displaying. Click the Perform a search for “reset browser” and you’ll see the Reset browser settings button.


The Reset settings dialog field displays, telling you what resetting your settings will do. Click “Reset” if you’re certain you choose to reset your Chrome settings.


NOTE: You could additionally just plug chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings into Chrome’s tackle bar to pull up the Reset Settings dialog box.


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Use this option and Google Chrome will erase almost everything: your extensions, settings, cookies, history, domestic page, default search engine, and more. Chrome won’t delete your bookmarks, looking history, or saved passwords, so your vital non-public facts will be kept.

Learn extra about troubleshooting Google Chrome crashes if resetting your Chrome settings didn’t remedy your problem.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox additionally permits you to return it to its default state. To do so, click the Firefox menu button in the upper-right corner of the browser window and click “Open Help Menu”.


Select “Troubleshooting Information” from the slide-out Help menu.


Click “Refresh Firefox” underneath Give Firefox a tune up in the grey container in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

NOTE: You can also enter “about:support” (without the quotes) in the address bar to get admission to the Troubleshooting Information page.


Click “Refresh Firefox” on the dialog field that displays. Firefox will erase your extensions and themes, browser preferences, search engines, site-specific preferences, and different browser settings. However, Firefox will strive to maintain your bookmarks, shopping history, passwords, saved form history, saved passwords, cookies, and windows and tabs you had open.


The Refresh function resets Firefox by growing a new profile for you and copying the necessary facts from the historical profile into the new one. Your ancient profile is placed on the laptop in a folder titled “Old Firefox Data.” If you lose essential data in the reset, you can try to get better it from this folder. If you don’t want the folder, you’re free to delete it.

Consult our information to troubleshooting Firefox crashes for more information.


Firefox restarts and a message displays. Choose whether you choose to restore all the windows and tabs you had open, or solely the ones you choose and click on “Let’s go!”


Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has the potential to reset its settings to the default ones. If you’re using Windows 8, resetting Internet Explorer on the computing device will additionally reset Modern Internet Explorer’s settings.

To do this, open the Internet Explorer laptop app, click on the tools menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window, and pick “Internet options” from the drop-down menu.


Click the “Advanced” tab and then click on “Reset” at the bottom. Internet Explorer warns you that “You ought to only use this if your browser is in an unusable state.” but that’s just to dissuade you from wiping out all your personal settings until it’s absolutely necessary.


Internet Explorer will disable browser add-ons and erase browser, privacy, security, and pop-up settings. If you additionally want to reset your domestic page and search providers, as nicely as delete transient files, history entries, and cookies, pick out the “Delete non-public settings” test field so there is a take a look at mark in the box. Then, click on “Reset”.

Your favorites and feeds won’t be erased. However, passwords you’ve saved in Internet Explorer will be deleted.


A dialog box displays showing the reset progress. Once it’s done, click on “Close”.


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