The latest Firefox beta contains a feature that has been on the Mozilla support team’s to-do list for, well, “forever.” The “Reset Firefox” option is intended to help users avoid troubleshooting headaches and will be particularly handy when nothing else seems to work. What’s more, you can reset the browser without sacrificing your personal data with this one-click option. Hit the jump to find out how.
According to Mozilla’s Michael Verdi , the realization that not everybody possesses the time and expertise necessary “to identify the exact cause of the problem and just fix that” is what prompted the non-profit to develop this feature.
“So the support team worked with product and engineering to create the Reset Firefox feature,” he wrote in a recent blog post. “The first implementation of this is a button on the Troubleshooting Information page (about:support). What is [sic] does is create a new profile and migrate your bookmarks, passwords, cookies and form data. Everything else gets set to the defaults.”
However, please note that at the moment this feature only works with the default profile, and saves nothing else except the bookmarks, passwords, cookies and form data associated with that profile. If you’re using a Nightly or an Aurora build of Firefox, the reset feature may not work for you.
Firefox 13 will graduate to the stable channel on June 5, 2012, as per Mozilla's (rapid) release schedule.