How to Reset Mozilla Firefox to Fix Common Problems

It has been a few years since Microsoft Internet Explorer has a reset feature in its settings. You can use this feature to reset all the usual settings back to default and repair Internet Explorer. Now Mozilla Firefox has come up with a similar feature to reset Mozilla Firefox. If you are having problems with toolbars, plugins and other messed up settings in Firefox, then you can either try to fix them one by one or you can just reset Firefox and get rid of all those problems in one shot.

If you think that your Firefox has started to show the signs of slowness, is crashing often, has some unwanted toolbars etc., then you should choose to reset Firefox. The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. When you reset Firefox, it creates a second profile and copies your essential information (like cookies, bookmarks, history, passwords and form auto-fill information) from your old profile.

Here is how you can reset your Mozilla Firefox web browser to fix some usual problems :

  1. Click on the orange Firefox button and select Help → Troubleshooting Information as shown in the following picture. If you have enabled the menubar to be shown, then you can select the same from the menubar. Alternatively, you can type about:support in the location bar.

    How to Reset Mozilla Firefox

  2. On the Troubleshooting Information page, you would find a Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner. Click on this Reset Firefox button. A confirmation window would appear where you have to click on the Reset Firefox button again.

    How to Reset Mozilla Firefox

  3. Firefox will close, create your new profile with your essential information copied from your old profile, and start again. You would see a window displaying your imported information. You can click on the Finish button to start Firefox with new profile.

    How to Reset Mozilla Firefox

  4. That’s it. You have successfully reset Mozilla Firefox.

By resetting your Firefox web browser, you can fix many problems and save your precious time that you would wasted fixing those problems. When you reset Firefox, it does creates a new profile with some essential information copied from your older profile. If you want to revert back, then you can run Firefox with the -P switch and choose your older profile as explained in this article.