Google Chrome is one of the most used web browsers. As such it is only natural that some users may encounter strange errors and bugs that make browsing a chore. If that ever happens, you can simply reset Chrome to its default settings. Here’s how.
Not only you might face strange issues like downloading proxy script error or waiting for proxy tunnel issue, etc., but over time, due to all the extensions you install, Chrome can become slower or work in the ways you might not expect. In those cases, you can either completely reinstall the browser, or you can simply reset Chrome.
Resetting is a much simpler task and you don’t have to download and install the software again. So, without ado, let me show you how to reset Chrome browser in Windows 10.
Basically, there are two ways to reset the Chrome browser. The first method will only reset the Chrome settings. This is useful if you want to revert Chrome to its default settings. The second method is for a full reset. When you do a full reset, the browser will essentially become a new installation.
Reset Chrome Settings to Default
If you just want to reset Chrome settings then this method is perfect. This action will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. Additionally, it will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies.
Note: Your bookmarks, history, and saved passwords will not be touched or cleared.
1. Open Chrome browser, click on the “Menu” icon appearing on the top right corner and then click on the “Settings” option.
2. In the Settings page, scroll down and click on the “Advanced” option.
3. Scroll down again and then click on the “Reset settings to their original defaults” option.
4. You will see a warning pop-up telling you what the resetting actually does. Click on the “Reset Settings” button to continue.
That is it. You are done resetting the Chrome browser.
Full Reset Chrome and Make It Brand New
When you do a full reset, your Chrome browser will essentially become a new browser. That is, the settings, your browsing history, cookies, extensions, bookmarks, etc., will be removed.
1. Close the Chrome browser if it is open.
2. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box. In the blank field, type
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome and press Enter.
3. In the File Explorer, you will see a folder called User Data. Delete that folder and any other folder.
That is it. Launch the Chrome browser and you will see the welcome screen. Sign in to your Google account and the browser should automatically download the sync data like bookmarks, extensions, history, etc.
Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.