Internet Explorer 7+ (Win) - Restoring the Default Settings

This document explains how to set Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 back to their default settings.

There are two methods of doing this, all at once and step-by-step.

Note: Both methods do NOT remove your bookmarks.

Resetting All Settings

  1. Click on the Tools menu, then Internet Options.

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  2. Go to the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.

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  3. Click on Reset.

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  4. Wait for the orange arrow to go through all of the steps.

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  5. Once all the steps are checked, click Close.

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  6. You will be prompted to restart Internet Explorer. Click OK.

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  7. Close Internet Explorer and reopen it. Internet Explorer should have all of its settings reset to the defaults.

Resetting Settings Step-by-Step

  1. Click on the Tools menu, then Internet Options.

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  2. Click on the Security tab and click on the Reset all zones to default level button.

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  3. Click on the Privacy tab and click on the Default button if available.

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  4. Click on the Advanced tab and click on the Restore advanced settings button.

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