Google Chrome Settings

Google Chrome Default settings

The following is a list of default settings present in Google Chrome.

  • Home page – the new tab page will be automatically set as the home page and will display every time you start up the browser. The Home button will be turned off on the toolbar.
  • Chrome will offer to save passwords.
  • Pop-up alerts will be turned on automatically.
  • The default download location will be Documents and Settings > User > My Documents > Downloads.
  • All kinds of content will be displayed and all cookies will be allowed.
  • DNS pre-fetching, phishing and malware protection is allowed.
  • Address bar suggestions, smart navigation error suggestions are enabled automatically.

Reset Google Chrome default settings

If you want to revert back to default settings in Chrome, you have to follow the following procedure. The older version of Chrome had a button to restore it to default. However it is no more available in the newer versions. You have to perform some steps to reset it. All customizations of Google Chrome will be stored in “Default” folder. You have to re-erect this folder to reset Chrome to its default settings. You can easily do this process by making a new user profile in Chrome.

  • First exit Google Chrome, if you have already opened it.
  • Go to Start and then click on “Run”. If there is no “Run” option in the Start menu, press “Windows Key + R” to show the run box. Mac users will have to go to “Go Menu” and then to “Go to Folder” option.
  • Now enter the following data in the “Run” box according to the type of operating system you use. You can even copy and paste it directly into the “Run” box and then press “Enter” key. [However you need to replace the word “Username” with the username of your PC or laptop]

Windows XP users

C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application

Windows 7 and Windows Vista users


For Mac OS

~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default

For Mac OS X


Reset Google Chrome default settings

You will see a new folder opening that contains more number of files and folders. Look out for the “Default” folder in the list and then rename it to any name other than “default”.

Open Google Chrome. It will create a new default folder automatically with default settings. Once you observe all the things and find that they are back to default mode, you can delete the other “default” folder that you had renamed a while ago.

Google Chrome Language Settings

If you are new to Chrome, you might have experienced small trouble when you try to change language settings. In reality, Chrome supports lots of languages and so you just need to follow certain steps to change the language settings in Google Chrome.

  • Open Chrome browser, and click on the “Wrench” icon present on the top right corner.

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  • Click on “Options” button.
  • Click on “Under the Hood” tab and then click on “Language and spell checker settings” tab.

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  • You can easily change Chrome to your preferred language by clicking on the “Add” button and then selecting the language from the given list of languages.

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  • Now, restart Google Chrome to view the changes.

Google Chrome History Settings

All the information regarding the websites that you had visited till now is stored in the history files in Chrome and any person who has access to your PC or laptop can actually view the history. You can view, search and delete Google Chrome browser history.

View Google Chrome history

You can actually view history in two different ways.

Method 1

  • Click on the “Wrench” icon present on the top right corner of the browser.
  • Now click on the “History” button.

Method 2

  • You can just press “Ctrl + H” to open the history of Google Chrome.

Search Google Chrome history

  • You can easily search the history files in Chrome.
  • First you need to open “Google Chrome History View” page as said in the previous procedure.
  • You can now type your search query in the “Search History” box present in that page and then click on “Search History” button to see the results.

Google Chrome history settings

Clear/Delete Google Chrome History

You can delete search history in various ways and also according to your needs.

Method 1

  • First, open the history page in Chrome.
  • You can tick mark on any particular link and then click on “Remove selected items” to delete that particular link from your history.

Method 2

  • You can click on the “Clear browsing data” button to choose your desired list of items to delete.
  • You will be given option to “Clear browsing history”, “Clear download history”, “Empty the cache”, “Delete Cookies and other site data”, “Clear saved passwords”, “clear saved Auto fill form data”. You can make a tick mark on any of the above said options, and then choose to clear them from “the past hour”, “the past day”, “the past week”, “the last 4 weeks”, “the beginning of time”. Once you are done with the selection process, you can then click on the “Clear browsing data” button to clear/delete the selected history.

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Google Chrome Proxy Settings

Google Chrome browser employs the similar connection and proxy settings as that of Windows. When you tend to change these settings it will affect Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and other Windows programs too.

To modify network connections, you have to follow the following procedure.

  • Click on the “Wrench” icon which is present on the top right corner of Google Chrome browser.
  • Now click on “Options” button.
  • Select the “Under the Hood” tab.
  • In the “Network” section, click on the “Change proxy settings” tab.

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  • Now, click on the “LAN settings” button.

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  • Make a tick mark on “Use a Proxy Server for your LAN” and then type in your proxy settings.

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  • Click on “OK” button and “Apply” button to save it.

These are all the important settings in Google Chrome. Hope you find this information helpful.

This article was last updated on February 24th, 2012 in Google Chrome

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