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How to Reset Opera Browser on Computer

Learn how to reset and delete the Opera browser settings and profiles on computer PC. The reset will revert back all the changes and also clear saved data.

The Opera browser is probably one of the best browsers with rich features and settings that other browsers do not offer. It’s also known for privacy and security. It offers an option to completely reset the browser settings as well as delete the profiles. We can use the Opera built-in reset settings option to clear the data as well settings to start from scratch.

Reset Data and Settings of Opera browser

Since Opera made the switch from the Presto Engine to the Chromium source code a few years back, it has witnessed a massive rise in its popularity.

Further complementing its rise is that the browser adds several interesting features regularly. This, in turn, gives the user base a plentitude of options at their fingertips.

On the flip side, though, it does face a few occasional hiccups as well. Since it has added such a truckload of features, issues with any one of them could harm the browser as a whole.

Along the same lines, the installed extensions could also conflict with your browsing experience. Likewise, if the stored profile data or the temporary cache files get corrupted, you might have trouble accessing the browser.

Well, no doubt these issues are quite concerning, to say the least, but resetting could easily rectify them all on the Opera browser.

And in this guide, we will show you how to reset the Opera browser on a computer PC.

Resetting Opera on Computer

Remember that resetting the browser will remove all the pinned tabs, restore the default search engine and reset the browser to its default settings. Likewise, it will also disable all the add-ons and delete cookies and cache.

Proceed with the reset option when you’ve exhausted all your other workarounds while rectifying a particular issue.

That said, we have shared three different methods to reset the Opera browser on your computer. You may try out the one that you find most comfortable to deal with.

Opera Settings menu

One of the easiest ways to reset the Opera browser settings is using the built-in reset option. We can click on the Reset settings to change to default as newly installed.

Here are the steps to reset to default settings:

  1. Launch the Opera browser on a computer.
  2. Click on the Settings settings gear icon situated at the left menu bar.
    Opera Computer Browser Settings Gear icon
  3. Scroll to the Advanced section, and click to expand the options.
  4. Scroll to the bottom Reset Settings section.
    Reset Settings to their original default in Opera browser
  5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults option.
  6. Hit the Reset button in the confirmation dialog box.
    Confirm Reset Browser Settings command in Opera browser

One issue that you might have with this approach is that it requires complete interaction with the browser. And since most users generally opt for this approach when their browser is not functioning along the expected lines, it might be a tough task to carry out these steps inside the browser environment in its current state.

Reset Profile Settings

It’s the shortest and easiest approach to resetting the browser and requires a few seconds to execute.

Here are the steps to reset profile settings:

  1. Launch the Opera app on the computer.
  2. Copy-paste the Reset Profile Settings location in the address bar.
  3. Click on the Reset button in the confirmation pop-up.
    Opera Reset Profile Settings option

Owing to its single-click approach and minimal interaction with the browser, it is usually preferred for many users.

Manually Delete Profile

As opposed to the aforementioned methods, you don’t need to communicate with the browser, even for a bit. We will be manually deleting your Opera profile and its associated cache files without even launching the browser.

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Note: It will work only on the Windows PC.

Here are the steps to manually delete profile data:

  1. Quit and exit the Opera browser.
  2. Keypress Win + E shortcut to launch the File Explorer on PC.
  3. Copy-paste the Opera Roaming App Data location in the address bar, and hit Enter key (make sure to change the UserName).
    C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable
  4. Open the Profile folder within that directory.
    Opera Browser Profiles folder in Windows PC
  5. Delete all the files within the Profile directory.
  6. Next, go to the Opera Local App Data location (again, change the UserName accordingly).
    C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Opera Software\Opera Stable
  7. Delete the Cache folder from that location.
    Opera browser cache and data stored in Windows PC

While this method might call for maximum effort amongst all the three mentioned here, it is the only one that could be useful if you can’t interact with the browser, even for minuscule tasks.

Bottom Line

We round off the guide on how you could reset the Opera browser. We have shared three different methods for the same.

The second approach of directly copy-pasting the reset profile settings in the address bar is the easiest to carry out.

On the other hand, the third method would be the most useful if the browser is in a non-responsive state. In the case of MacOS, you should consider re-installing the browser.

On that note, we conclude this guide on resetting the Opera browser settings and profile data. If you have any queries concerning this, do let us know. Would you please share if anything else has worked for you?

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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