How to Reset Browser Settings

Learn how to reset browser settings to restore the normal level of access online—a guide intended for parents, guardians, and educators.

July 2, 2024

6 minutes
How to Reset Browser Settings

A Guide on How to Reset Browser Settings

Want to reset your browser settings after placing limits on what kids and students can access online? Here’s a guide for  teachers, parents, and guardians on how to do just that on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

Resetting Google Chrome Browser Settings

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers used worldwide. Resetting its settings can resolve various issues such as slow performance, unexpected ads, or unwanted changes to the homepage or search engine. This also allows you to restore your own level of access after setting limitations for kids accessing information online. Here’s how you can reset Google Chrome settings:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Open Google Chrome:
    • Launch the Google Chrome browser on your computer.

  • Access Chrome Settings:
    • Click on the three vertical dots (menu) in the upper right corner of the browser window.
    • From the dropdown menu, select "Settings."

  • Advanced Settings:
    • Scroll to the bottom of the Settings page and click on "Advanced" to expand more options.

  • Reset and Clean Up:
    • Scroll down to the "Reset and clean up" section.
    • Click on "Restore settings to their original defaults."

  • Confirm Reset:
    • A confirmation dialog box will appear. It will inform you that this action will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies. However, your bookmarks, history, and saved passwords will not be cleared.
    • Click on "Reset settings" to confirm.

By following these steps, you can reset Google Chrome settings without losing your important data like bookmarks and passwords.

Why Reset Chrome Settings?

Here are the usual reasons for resetting your Chrome settings:

  • Restore Access - As a teacher, parent, or guardian who set parental controls on browsers, you may want to restore your own settings so a reset might be necessary for you.
  • Improved Performance - Over time, Chrome can become slow due to accumulated temporary files and extensions.
  • Troubleshooting - Resetting can resolve issues caused by unwanted software or incorrect settings.
  • Clean Slate - It helps in starting fresh without losing essential data.

Resetting Other Popular Web Browsers

Aside from Google Chrome, there are other web browsers that you or your students might be using. Here’s how to reset settings for Firefox, Edge, and Safari.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox:
    • Launch Firefox on your computer.

  • Access Help Menu:
    • Click on the three horizontal lines (menu) in the upper right corner.
    • Select "Help" from the dropdown menu.

  • Troubleshooting Information:
    • Choose "More Troubleshooting Information."

  • Refresh Firefox:
    • In the "Give Firefox a tune up" section, click on "Refresh Firefox."
    • Confirm by clicking "Refresh Firefox" again in the confirmation prompt.

This will restore Firefox to its default state while retaining essential information such as bookmarks, history, passwords, cookies, and open tabs.

Microsoft Edge

  • Open Microsoft Edge:
    • Launch Edge on your computer.

  • Access Edge Settings:
    • Click on the three horizontal dots (menu) in the upper right corner.
    • Select "Settings" from the dropdown menu.

  • Reset Settings:
    • In the left-hand menu, select "Reset settings."
    • Click on "Restore settings to their default values."
    • Confirm by clicking "Reset."

This will reset Edge settings to default without affecting your bookmarks or passwords.

Safari (Mac only)

  • Open Safari:
    • Launch Safari on your Mac.

  • Clear History:
    • Click on "History" in the top menu bar.
    • Select "Clear History," and choose "all history" from the dropdown menu.

  • Reset Safari:
    • Go to "Safari" in the top menu bar.
    • Select "Preferences," then go to the "Privacy" tab.
    • Click on "Manage Website Data," and then "Remove All."

This process helps in resetting Safari to its default settings while keeping bookmarks intact.

FAQs and Fun Facts About Reset of Browser Settings


Q: Will resetting my browser settings delete my bookmarks?
A: No, resetting browser settings will not delete your bookmarks, history, or saved passwords. It primarily resets your browser's settings and disables extensions.

Q: Why should I reset my browser settings?
A: Resetting your browser settings can resolve performance issues, remove unwanted software, and restore the browser to its default state.

Q: How often should I reset my browser settings?
A: There is no set frequency for resetting your browser settings. It should be done when you notice performance issues or unwanted changes that you cannot easily fix.

Q: Will resetting my browser remove my extensions?
A: Resetting will disable your extensions but will not remove them. You can re-enable them after the reset.

Fun Facts

Did you know? The first web browser, WorldWideWeb, was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 and later renamed Nexus.

Browser War: In the early 2000s, the competition between Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator was so intense that it was dubbed the "browser wars."

Browser Shortcuts: Most browsers support keyboard shortcuts. For example, pressing Ctrl+Shift+N opens a new incognito window in Chrome.

Resetting your browser settings can be an effective way to restore your level of access online while also helping improve browser performance and resolve issues. Whether you are a teacher, parent, or guardian, understanding how to reset browser settings can help you maintain a smooth and efficient browsing experience. 

If you’d like an easier way to keep your browser settings while allowing access to your kids, check out AstroSafe Browser!

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