Resetting a Web Browser to Its Default Settings

by Barry Dysert
(last updated August 28, 2017)

There are several different web browsers that people use, and each one has its own set of functionality. Moreover, each one has ways to change many things (e.g., the home page, what pages are displayed on startup, automatic form fill, etc.). This tip takes two of the most popular browsers and leads you through how to reset them to their original default settings.

Windows Edge

Edge was introduced with Windows 10. To reset Edge settings, click the ellipsis button near the top-right part of the Edge window. Scroll down and click the Settings option. In the resulting window, scroll down and, under "Clear browsing data," click the "Choose what to clear" button. This then displays more options; under "Clear browsing data," click the "Show more" option. Edge displays a series of things you can clear.

Place a checkmark in the checkboxes that you want to clear and click the Clear button. (If you are resetting completely, you should probably select all the check boxes.) When done, click the ellipsis button again to return to the main Edge window.

Google Chrome

To reset Chrome to its default settings, launch it and click its menu icon in the upper-right corner of the window. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Chrome's menu icon.

When the menu drops down, click the Settings option. A new tab appears which lists the settings for the browser. Go down to the bottom of the page and click Show Advanced Settings. This reveals several more settings that can be adjusted. At the very bottom of the page is a button that says Reset Browser Settings. Click this button and your browser settings are restored to their original defaults.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

To reset Internet Explorer to its default settings, launch it and click its menu icon in the upper right corner of the window. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. IE's menu icon.

When the menu drops down, click the Internet Options choice. You should almost immediately see the Internet Options dialog box on which you should select the Advanced tab. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. IE's Internet Options dialog box.

To reset IE's settings to their default condition click the Reset button. (For Windows 10, another dialog box pops up, and you click its Reset button too.) You can then click the OK button to close the Internet Options dialog box.

 This tip (12733) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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