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I am using Google Chrome as my default browser, and Bing when I want to carry out web searches. Recently my preferences have stopped being saved and revert to the defaults. For example, I don't want suggestions when I begin entering details of anything I want to search for, but as soon as I start typing up they come! Also, I want to limit search results to 30 per page, but again they revert to "Auto" which gives me about ten results only. When I alter them back to how I want these items, I do make sure that I save them. I may go two or three days without problems but then they play up again! I am making no changes to anything and wondered why this keeps happening. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Normally an extension is the cause
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6029416?hl=en


Sometimes it is a corruption in the file where your settings are saved.
If that is the case the easy answer is to save your bookmarks etc to a file - export - options, the wrench icon of course, bookmark manager, organise and then export bookmarks
uninstall chrome
REBOOT
Reinstall Chrome and import your bookmarks etc
 
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are you running any type of security software that locks your home page and other settings to prevent changes? if so, try disabling it to see if it is causing the problem
 

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Macboatmaster - I have followed your suggestions and have now re-installed Chrome, and etc. So far no further problem with preferences, so will keep an eye on it for a day or two.

renegade600 - not running any such security software that might have caused this, so as mentioned above will keep an eye on it for a few days.

Thanks to both.
 

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Cheers
As I said, extensions are sometimes the cause, failing that usually the file where your settings are saved is to blame.
Registry cleaners can also cause it.


Save your settings without being signed in

When you're not signed in, updating your search settings page saves your settings to the browser and computer you’re using at the time.
These settings may change if:

  • You switch to another computer or browser with different settings.
  • Someone else visits the Search settings page and changes the settings.
Note: When you're not signed in, your settings are saved in a small browser file on your computer called a cookie


http://www.google.com/preferences


When you are signed in the settings are saved to a file in Chrome
 

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The file where they are saved is

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\
Inside this folder there is a Temp folder, several global files, and then a folder for each profile. Most settings are profile-specific, so you'll probably want to look in there.
 
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