Software companies seem to love reset functionality in their programs. Mozilla has implemented a reset Firefox feature in its web browser for some time now, and Microsoft too added reset and refresh functionality to the Windows 8 operating system. Now it is Google that has added a reset option to the Chrome browser.
The way to reset Chrome previously was not really complicated, but it was a somewhat technical process. You had to rename the Default folder in the user data folder of the browser after making sure that all instances of Chrome were closed. The browser would re-create a brand new default folder on the next start so that you were able to start anew.
Google has implemented a reset button natively in Chrome, so that you do not need to modify system folders anymore to reset the browser. Note that this is not the first time that a reset button was available in Chrome. A reset button was available back in 2010 but it seems to have been removed from it since then.
Anyway, the new reset button restores some - but not all - browser settings and preferences to their default values. Google is unfortunately pretty vague in regards to what is happening behind the scenes when you hit the reset browser settings button.
Mark Pearson, Google Software Engineer, states that it won't affect installed themes, bookmarks or apps, but fails to mention what is actually reset.
The first thing you need to know is that Google has implemented the new functionality in Chrome 29, the current stable version of the browser.
To access the reset setting do the following:
A confirmation prompt is displayed to you when you click on the button.
Your browser settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your homepage, new tab page and search engine, disable your extensions and unpin all tabs. It will also clear other temporary and cached data, such as cookies, content and site data.
You can follow the learn more link here to find out what is actually reset when you hit the reset button on the confirmation prompt.
If you are using Google Sync, you may get some of the data back when you enable it again after the browser reset.
I never really had to reset my browser in the past, other than to test that functionality for a review. I guess it is helpful for users who want to start anew with a clean slate after they have made too many modifications to the browser. Then again, the likelihood that something breaks in Chrome is rather slim, considering that it ships with barely any customization options.
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