Your once snappy Chrome browser is dragging, and you don’t know why. Do you blame Google, and switch to another browser to feel that new-browser smell once again? Not so fast! A browser reset is much less of a hassle, and will fix all kinds of issues—without deleting all your bookmarks and other data.
Fresh out of the box, Chrome is actually a ridiculously snappy browser. Over time, however, you may notice that your experience with Chrome changes, and lightning fast turns into sort of fast which eventually turns into a slow sluggish experience. Sometime that slow sluggish experience even includes browser crashes and phantom problems like a malfunctioning search bar.
This isn’t necessarily Chrome’s fault. If you’ve been using Chrome for any period of time, you’ve likely accumulated quite a pile of extensions, cookies, site data, and other bits and pieces. While generally cookies and cached data make your browsing experience faster, extensions can weigh Chrome down quite a bit, and problems with your cookies and cached data can cause site errors, browser errors, and other problems. You might have even have ended up with a hijacked browser somewhere along the line when a malicious site tampered with settings.
You could go through all of Chrome’s different features one-by-one, attempting to optimize it for speed, but there’s also a super simple way to get back to a clean slate without the hassle of totally uninstalling Chrome and reinstalling it: a browser reset. When you reset Chrome, the following things happen:
Everything else, like your bookmarks, browser history, and saved passwords will be preserved with your Chrome user profile. What does this mean in real world use? Let’s use a site like Instapaper as a simple example: after a reset Chrome, your Instapaper login cookie will be gone, so you’ll need to log back into the site, the browser extension will be disabled (so you’ll have to go into the Settings menu to turn it back on), and if you have an Instapaper bookmarklet in your toolbar, it’ll still be sitting there because bookmarks are untouched. Any news articles you visited to clip into your Instapaper account, likewise, will still be in your browser history.
Those kind of minor inconveniences are more than worth it, however, because you’ll find that Chrome is lightning fast again when all the bloat is gone.
If that sounds like a detox session you’d like to sign up for, resetting Chrome is easy. Just click on the menu button in the upper right corner and select “Settings”
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