How to Restore Internet Explorer Default Settings

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The Internet Explorer Web browser lets you customize you settings and install add-ons to personalize your copy of Internet Explorer. Personalizing is a good thing in most cases, but it may also lead to problems. If Internet Explorer slows down while browsing, takes a long time to launch or displays error messages, then it may be necessary to restore it to the default settings. This is referred to as resetting, and provides a clean copy of Internet Explorer to browse and customize.

1

Open the Start menu and type "inetcpl.cpl" in the search field and press "Enter." In Windows XP click the "Run" option of the Start menu, type "inetcpl.cpl" and press "Enter."

2

Click on the "Advanced" tab of the window that appears. Click the "Reset" button in the "Reset Internet Explorer settings" section. Click "Reset" again to confirm your choice.

3

Wait for the process to finish. Click "Close." Internet Explorer has been reset to its default settings.

Tips

  • check The menu bar may be in a different location on the internet explorer page.
  • check You can also go to Internet options in the control panel.