Reset web settings in Internet Explorer 8.0

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Reset web settings in Internet Explorer 8.0

To reset the web settings in Internet Explorer 8.0:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options.

3. Click the Advanced tab.

4. Click Reset.

Note: Even after you've closed all your browser windows before attempting to reset your web settings, you may get a message asking you to close all browser windows.

This may happen if you have programs that are not visibly running on your computer. To resolve this issue, restart Windows, open Internet Explorer, and then try resetting your web settings.

5. If you'd like to reset homepages, search providers, and Accelerators to the default setting and delete temporary internet files, history, cookies, web form information, passwords, and InPrivate Filtering data, check the Delete personal settings box, and then click Reset.

6. On the Reset Internet Explorer Settings window, the categories that have been reset will have a check mark in front of them. Click Close.

Note: Some of the categories may fail to reset if Internet Explorer is unable to access a file or registry setting because of insufficient privileges, the files/settings being used by another program, low system memory, or high CPU usage. In such cases, you can either continue using Internet Explorer without restoring these settings or restart your computer, and then try resetting the web settings.

7. Click OK.

8. Close Internet Explorer.

Congrats! You’ve successfully reset your web settings in Internet Explorer 8.0 to default. Your changes will take effect the next time you open Internet Explorer.

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Last updated: 04-28-2011
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