Microsoft Edge is a relatively new browser compared to others like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and is still finding its place in the browser market. Microsoft launched Edge in 2015 to replace the Internet Explorer and try to win back users that slowly moved on over the years. However, despite having been significantly improved for a better user’s experience, you might occasionally come across issues such as crashing, general slowness, or hanging, but this can be fixed by simply resetting the browser.
How to Revert Microsoft Edge to Default Settings
You are likely to experience several issues while browsing using Edge because it’s fairly new and might have bugs that cause the browser to hang, crash, or operate really slowly. You may also experience issues trying to connect to the internet or a message displayed prompting you to use Internet Explorer.
Additionally, the homepage button may not display, PDF files might not open, and you may also find it difficult trying to play Flash content. Sometimes, you may open the browser, and then it closes right back, among many other possible issues. All these problems may seem troublesome, but it is unlikely for you to experience them all at once.
However troubling your specific issue is, worry not, because you can fix all of the above with a simple reset. You may have children around your computer who most likely changed settings, and you have no idea which ones. Or they might have clicked on something unknowingly. Therefore, resetting the browser is all you need to do to get right back on track.
Resetting Microsoft Edge
Resetting Edge is quite different from resetting other browsers that you might have been used to because the browser is a core part of Windows OS instead of being a separate app like Chrome or Mozilla.
There are different ways to reset the browser, depending on whether you also want to clear cache and erase your data. To reset Edge without removing your personal data, follow these steps:
- Open Settings in your browser by clicking on the three horizontal lines at the top right, just below the close button.
- On the left sidebar, click on Reset Settings.
- On the page that opens up, click on Restore settings to their default values. It is the only option on the page.
- On the pop-up that appears explaining the type of data that will be reset, click Reset.
If you wish to proceed and clear your data, too, follow these steps:
- Open Settings in your browser by clicking on the three horizontal lines at the top right.
- On the left sidebar, click on Privacy, search, and services.
- Under Clear browsing data on the right, click on Choose what to clear.
- By default, the checkboxes on Browsing history, Download history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files will be checked.
- Other available options include Passwords, Autofill form data (includes forms and cards), Site Permissions, Hosted App Data, and All data from the previous version of Microsoft Edge. To reset the browser fully, check off all these options.
- Click Clear now to delete all the selected data.
Note that if none of these solutions work for your issue, you might just have to go nuclear. You can use the PowerShell command to delete and re-register Microsoft Edge core data, but make sure to fully back up your data in case anything goes wrong. Keep in mind that no browser is perfect and that some issues have simple solutions, just like every other aspect of life.