How to reset settings to defaults on Microsoft Edge

It's possible to restore the Microsoft Edge settings to their defaults values, and here's how.

Microsoft Edge reset settings
Microsoft Edge reset settings / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To reset Microsoft Edge settings and restore default values, open the browser settings, click “Reset settings,” click “Restore settings to their default values,” and click “Reset.”

UPDATED 1/9/2024: On Windows 11 (or 10), if you use Microsoft Edge, you can reset the settings to its factory defaults anytime. You may want to do this if you are experiencing problems or an extension (or an app) modifies the settings without your permission, and you want to revert to the original settings.

Regardless of the reason, Edge includes a feature that allows you to reset settings to the defaults. When using this feature, the browser will reset the startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. In addition, it’ll disable extensions and clear your browsing data.

In this guide, I will teach you how to reset the settings to their default values on the new Microsoft Edge.

Reset settings to defaults on Microsoft Edge

To Microsoft Edge settings on Windows 11 (or 10), use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge on Windows.

  2. Click the Settings and More (ellipsis) button on the top-right corner.

  3. Select the Settings option.

  4. Click on Reset settings.

    Restore settings to their default values

  5. Click the Restore settings to their default values option.

    Microsoft Edge reset settings option

  6. Click the Reset button.

Once you complete the steps, the browser will reset the startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. In addition, this action will disable all your extensions and clear the browsing data. However, your favorites, history, and passwords will not be deleted. If you need to delete this data as well, you’ll need to do it from the Profiles page and delete your current profile. Also, other settings available in appearance, downloads, system, and other pages won’t reset to default.

Update January 9, 2024: These instructions have been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and