Very seldom does the need arises to reset a browser. However, if you are facing any unexplained issues, bugs on your browser, or you want to roll back all the settings and preferences back to the factory default, Microsoft Edge offers a simple solution to all its users without uninstalling the app from your system.
Resetting Microsoft Edge can also be useful in the event of a discrepancy of account data synchronization or in the case of faulty settings.
Reset Microsoft Edge from the Edge Settings
To reset Edge, first, launch the browser either from the desktop, ‘Pinned apps’ section of the Start Menu, or from the Taskbar on computer.
Next, from the Edge window, click on the ellipsis icon (three horizontal dots) present in the top right corner to open the overflow menu. Then, locate and click on the ‘Settings’ option from the menu to open browser settings in a separate tab.
After that, from the left sidebar present on the Settings window, locate and click on the ‘Reset settings’ option.
Now, on the right section of the screen, click on the ‘Restore settings to their default values’ button. This will bring up a prompt on your screen.
Then, from the prompt, click on the ‘Reset’ button to reset all browser settings.
Though this will reset all the browser settings back to the factory defaults. However, if you wish to remove all the browsing history, passwords, and personal data as well, jump on to the next section.
Clearing Browsing Data, Passwords, and Site Data
Even after resetting the browser settings, all your personal data is not cleared. If you wish to clear all the data the browser may have captured since you have started using it, follow the simple steps mentioned below.
To clear all your personal data, launch the Edge browser either from the ‘Pinned apps’ section on the Start Menu, Desktop, or from the Taskbar of your Windows device.
Then, from the Edge window, click on the ellipsis icon (three vertical dots) present on the top right corner to expand the overflow menu. Then, from the menu, locate and click on the ‘Settings’ option to open the browser settings in a separate tab.
After that, locate and click on the ‘Privacy, search, and services’ option present on the left sidebar of the Settings window.
Now, on the right section of the window, locate the ‘Clear browsing data’ section and click on the ‘Choose what to clear’ situated on the far right edge of the ‘Clear browsing data now’ tile. This will open a separate overlay window on your screen.
Now, from the overlay window, click on the drop-down menu present under the ‘Time Range’ label and click to select the ‘All time’ option from it.
Then, make sure you have selected all the options by clicking on the preceding checkboxes individually. Then, once you have selected your preferred options, click on the ‘Clear now’ button to clear all the selected data.
And that’s it, all your personal data has been removed from the Microsoft Edge.
If you are facing issues on your Edge browser, just resetting all the browser settings might help you resolve the trouble. However, if that isn’t able to fix the issue, you should also clear all your personal files using the steps mentioned above and give it a try.