The settings in a Web browser are easy to customize, and many of them can be changed so easily that it’s a simple matter to make minor adjustments for a specific page, then change back to your old setting. I do this all the time on Web pages where the text is too small or too big, or if the bookmarks bar is being problematic. But you might have made a lot of changes, or some malware or a browser extension might have changed something that you can’t fix.
One way to resolve this is to reset Google Chrome to its default state. This will undo any settings changes that have been made, and let you start over with re-customizing your Chrome installation.
How to Reset Settings in Google Chrome
The steps below are going to reset the Google Chrome browser on your computer to its default settings. This is particularly effective if you were recently infected with malware, or if you have made a lot of changes to the browser to the point where it is difficult to use.
Resetting Google Chrome to its default settings will affect these items:
- Startup page
- New tab page
- Search engine
- Pinned tabs
- All extensions will be disabled
- Temporary data (like cookies) will be cleared
Resetting Google Chrome will not affect these items:
- Saved passwords
Step 1: Open Google Chrome.
Step 2: Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button at the top-right of the window.
Step 3: Click the Settings option.
Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the Show advanced settings link.
Step 5: Scroll to the bottom again, then click the Reset settings button.
Step 6: Click the Reset button again to confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome to its default settings.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.
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