How to Reset Chrome and Clear Browsing History
How to Reset Chrome
Updated on 7/21/22
In Chrome open Settings, type chrome://settings/ in the address bar, or click the 3 vertical dots icon at the top right corner of Chrome.
In the left menu, click “Reset and clean up”.
In the “Reset and clean up” dialog, click on “Restore settings to their original defaults”.
Click on the arrow (as shown above), the Reset dialog appears (see below).
Click the “Reset settings” button and wait while Chrome resets. Then close Chrome and re-open it. Chrome will be reset to its defaults and all your extensions will be disabled. You can re-enable any extensions you need (and you’re sure they’re safe) by opening Extensions:
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar (or)
- Click the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner, and click More tools > Extensions.
You’ll see your extensions listed and all non-default extensions will be disabled. Find the extensions you want to enable and tick the box next to “Enabled”. When you’re done, close the Extensions settings dialog.
The Quick Way to Clear Your Chrome Browsing History
If you use the Google Chrome browser, here’s the fastest way to clear your browsing date short of creating a bookmark.
Open Chrome, and press CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE on your keyboard. Chrome’s “Clear browsing data” dialog will open.
Using the Down arrow, you can select how far back you want to go to delete browsing data from Chrome. Choose the option “All time”. This will clear all of your browsing history and cache.
You can also check or uncheck what you want to clear under “Clear the following items…” We suggest you choose only these four (see below) especially if you have Chrome save your site passwords:
When you’ve selected the “All time” option, and the four items we suggest, click the blue “CLEAR DATA” button.
When the process completes, close Chrome and reopen it.
Remember: Clearing cookies will log you out of sites that you’re logged into. The next time you visit those sites, you’ll have to enter your login credentials again (even if you save your passwords as recommended above).