Reset Chrome browser settings to default in Windows 10/8/7

Google Chrome browser is considered to be a fast browser. But users did find it going slow sometimes. To address this issue, like the reset Internet Explorer and reset Firefox features, Chrome has introduced the Reset Chrome button. While you can always try and troubleshoot the Google Chrome Freezing or Crashing issues, if this does not work for you, Google now offers you an easy way to reset Chrome settings on your Windows 10/8/7.

Reset Chrome settings

This option is not enabled by default in Chrome 29. (Update: It is enabled by default in Chrome 30) To enable it, type Chrome://flags in the address bar and hit Enter. Look for the Enable Reset Profile Settings flag and click on the Enable link.

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Restart Chrome.

Now type chrome://settings and hit Enter. Scroll towards the end and click on Advanced settings. Toward the end, you will see the Reset browser settings button. Click on the button to restore Chrome settings to default.

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When you use this option, it will reset your profile to the post-fresh-install state.

Basically, the following will be done:

  1. Search Engine will be reset to default
  2. Homepage will be reset to default
  3. New Tab Page will be reset to default
  4. Pinned tabs will be unpinned
  5. Extensions, add-ons, and themes will be disabled. The New Tab Page will be set to open on Chrome start.
  6. Content settings will be reset. Cookies, cache and Site data will be deleted.

Although Google did introduce this feature a little late, it is good that they have introduced it. Now after Internet Explorer, both the other two popular browsers – Chrome & Firefox offer the feature to reset browser setting to default.

Windows 10 users – see how to reset Microsoft Edge browser to default settings.

TIP: If you are unable to open or start Chrome, type chrome.exe –disable-extensions in Run box and hit Enter. This will open Chrome in Safe Mode, with plugins, extensions, etc. disabled.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.