How to reset Chromebook with touch screen idea pad

Chromebooks are wonderfully simple devices to use. There’s very little room for clutter, and that’s one of their big advantages over PC laptops. Still, sometimes you want to start fresh. Maybe you’ve got troublesome cookies, favourites and settings that just aren’t working for you, or maybe you’ve inherited a Chromebook that you want to make your own.

You’ve got plenty of options for resetting your Chromebook, if that’s really what you need. Here’s a quick breakdown to give you all the best tips and tricks on how to reset Chromebook.

Do you really need to reset Chromebook?

Before taking this major, irreversible step, make sure it’s really what you need.

There are plenty of reasons to reset a Chromebook, but you might have other options, like manually changing up your profile and user preferences.

Then again, some reasons for resetting your Chromebook are unambiguous. These include: reselling your Chromebook or buying a used one, having problems after you’ve tried resetting it, having problems with your user profile and settings, or simply seeing a message pop up on your screen that says something along the lines of “Reset this Chrome device.”

If you’re in any of those boats, it will probably be best to go ahead and reset your Chromebook.

Alternatives to a full reset

How to reset Chromebook from home screen

Before you go for the full reset, try these two alternatives, just in case.

  • Turn off each of your Chrome extensions one at a time. For every extension you close, check if your Chromebook is working normally again. Here’s how to manage your Chromebook extensions.
  • Sometimes you might just need to power your hardware down. This will reset your keyboard and touchpad, and delete some of the files in your Downloads folder that might be causing problems. To do that, turn off your Chromebook, then press Refresh > Power.

If you’re still having problems, you’re now at the stage where you’ll want to fully reset your Chromebook.

How to reset Chromebook using shortcut keys

Before you reset a Chromebook, make sure you back up anything you don’t want to lose. The reset will wipe your hard drive, including your settings, apps, and files. So before resetting, sync your settings to your Google account and back up any important files to Google Drive. That is, if you want to keep any of those.

  • Sign out of your Chromebook.
  • Press and hold Ctrl > Alt > Shift > r simultaneously.
  • Click Restart.
  • A dialogue box will appear. Click Reset.
  • Sign in with your Google account.
  • Follow the steps for setting up a new Chromebook.
  • Make sure whatever problem led you to reset your Chromebook has been resolved.

How to reset Chromebook in Settings

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Again, make sure to sync your settings to your Google account and back up any important files to Google Drive before you reset Chromebook.

  • Click the area in the bottom-right corner
  • Click the cog next to Lock to go into Settings.
  • Click the hamburger menu icon on the top left.
  • Click Advanced.
  • Click Reset settings.
  • Click Powerwash.
  • A dialogue box will appear. Click Restart.
  • Sign in with your Google Account.
  • Follow the steps for setting up a new Chromebook.
  • Make sure whatever problem led you to reset your Chromebook has been resolved.

Wrap up

Those are the steps you’ll want to follow to reset Chromebook. Hopefully that covers any questions you might have about resetting your Chromebook.

If you’re still unsure of anything or have some helpful tips, let us know in the comments!

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