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Reset Google Chrome to Install Setting

Posted by gadgeteer on August - 8 - 2011

Reset Google Chrome Settings to Default Without Reinstalling

Google Chrome is emerging to be one of the most stable , secured and fastest internet browser today. Because of these, Google Chrome is slowly becoming  the most popular browser (to download and install Google Chrome, go to this link).

Google Chrome Upon installation, Google Chrome provides many options to set and customize its settings to conform to your needs and likes. While the interface is designed to be as user friendly as possible, there is still a slight possibility that you may mess the settings and be lost in all of the options available. In such situation where you don’t know what to do, the easiest and fastest way for a fix is to reset all the settings back to its default status.

How to Reset Google Chrome Setting to Default:

    1. Click the tools button in Chrome and select “Option”.


    1. Open the “Under the Hood” tab. The “Reset to defaults” button is located at the bottom right. Click it.



  1. You’ll need to confirm to proceed with the reset.

How to Reset new Google Chrome to default settings

The newer versions of Google Chrome has no reset to dafault button, and the above procedure may not be applicable. To reset Google Chrome to default settings. reset would have to be done by re-creating the ‘default  folder’ of the Google Chrome application. All settings and customizations are stored in this folder and by creating a new ‘default folder’ a new user profile shall be made.

To create a new Google Chrome user profile do the following:

1. Close  Google Chrome. User profiles for Chrome shall be created in windows OS or Apple OS.

2. In Windows, click Start > Run. The run box shall be open. For Mac users: Go Menu > Go to Folder option.


3. Copy and Paste the following instruction to the prompt box depending on your OS.

Windows XP:

%USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser Data

Windows Vista & 7:
%LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser Data

~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default


4. A new window will open that contains files and folders. Look for the ‘default’ folder and re-name this to ‘default-old‘.

run box prompt

5. Close this window and open Google Chrome. This action will automatically create a new default folder for Google chrome user and the the Google Chrome browser is now reset to default setting. You may or may not delete the “default_old’ folder.

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