How to Reset Chrome and Clear Browsing History

By | February 9, 2018
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How to Reset Chrome and Clear Browsing History

How to Reset Chrome

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 and click Settings in the drop-down menu.

In Settings scroll down to the bottom and click ”Show advanced settings”. Next, scroll down to the bottom of Advanced Settings until you see “Reset and clean up”.

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Click on the arrow (as shown above), the Reset dialog appears (see below).

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Click the RESET SETTINGS button. 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:

  1. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar (or)
  2. Click the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner, 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 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.

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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:

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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).

7 thoughts on “How to Reset Chrome and Clear Browsing History

  1. Ron Davis

    Hi TC and EB,
    I had the same problem with the pop-up’s about Viruses being detected on Google Chrome, appearing from the ‘Notifications’ tab.
    Thanks to your website, I downloaded and installed ‘BleachBit’ and totally cleared the Cache of Google Chrome and then restarted my PC.
    I got a ‘splash screen’ asking if I wanted to re-open the closed Google Chrome pages and I clicked ‘No’. It totally cleared those pop up’s.
    As a precaution I ran Windows Defender to ensure there was nothing untoward.
    Thank goodness for your website, a life saver. Thank you.
    Ron (U.K.)

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    1. infoave Post author

      From the linked article…”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 the extensions you need (and you’re sure they’re safe) by opening Extensions…” Resetting (refreshing)

      Firefox removes add-ons (extensions).

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  2. Patricia Mccosker

    Thank you TC for your emails helping me to solve my problem
    I think you and Darcy should be called Saint TC and Saint Darcy
    I also think that if you liked to double or triple your charges for anything you do, I for one would be happy to pay and I am sure others would too. We want to keep you two in business if not luxury
    Cheers
    Tricia from Australia

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  3. Marsha Powers

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your suggestion fixed the hijacked browser. You have defeated the Microsoft Overlord. I bow down to your knowledge.
    Marsha P.

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