How to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings and free up space?

Microsoft Edge comes as an inbuilt app with Windows 10 with many features that can help improve your browsing experience. One can install & uninstall themes in the Microsoft Edge browser and disable or change Edge Background Image. It also allows going back to the previous page using Backspace Key.

Out of the various features, one of the highlights of the Edge browser is its ability to reset your browser settings, which will clear your browsing history and even turn your settings back to their default. This is a great option if you have accidentally changed a setting or want to revert the default settings on the Edge browser and you’re not sure how to turn it back.

How to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings?

To fully reset Microsoft Edge, you can do two things: reset your settings and clear your browsing data. If you don’t want to wipe the data, you can only perform the first procedure. To do the factory reset in the Microsoft Edge browser, do the following:-

Step 1. Launch the Microsoft Edge on your Mac or Windows PC and click the three dots in the top-right corner.

Step 2. From the available options, click Settings.

Step 3. From the left sidebar, click the Reset Settings tab.

Step 4. From the right-side pane, click “Restore settings to their default values.”

Step 5. A pop-up will appear with the heading Reset Settings.

Step 6. Click the Reset button to reset the Edge browser to its default settings.

This will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies. Your favorites, history, and saved passwords will not be cleared after reset the Edge.

How to clear your history and cache from the Edge browser?

Edge’s reset option restores the default startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. However, the Reset option does not remove favorites, history, and saved passwords. To remove the history and cache from the Edge browser, do the following:-

Step 1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your Mac OS X or Windows PC.

Step 2. Click the three dots in the top-right corner and select Settings.

Step 3. Select Settings from the available options.

Step 4. Click the Privacy, search, and services tab.

Step 5. Scroll down on that page till you find the Clear browsing data section.

Step 6. On the “Clear browsing data” section and click the “Choose What to Clear.”

Step 7. A pop-up filled with checkboxes will appear. The default boxes checked are “Browsing history,” “Download history,” “Cookies and site data,” and “Cached images and files.” You can also clear your “Passwords,” “Autofill form data (includes forms and cards),” “Site permissions,” “Hosted app data,” and “All data from the previous version of Microsoft Edge.” To fully reset your browser, check all these boxes.

Step 8. Once you have selected all the checkboxes, click on the Clear now button.

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