IE: Block, Clear or Delete Cookies in Internet Explorer

Posted May 31, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Windows

My father emailed me this weekend asking me how to delete his cookies. I could not believe there was not a tech-recipe which explains this process. Now, there is.


Cookies are bits of text held on your computer that allow servers to personalize websites for you. Often this makes web browsing easier and quicker. For example, a bank site might remember your username so that you do not have to type it every time you view your account online.

The problem with cookies is that they can be used to track what you do on the website as well.

Are they good or bad? The answer is that they are both. I leave them enabled, but I flush them regularly. Here is the tutorial.

To clear your cookies, use the following steps:

    1. Open IE.
    2. Click the Tools menu.
    3. Click Internet Options.
    4. Click the General tab.
    5. Click the Delete Cookies button.
    6. Confirm with OK.

Next, I will explain how to block cookies. Many people try this, but most end up not blocking all cookies. It just slows down the web browsing experience too much, but try it. It is easy enough to switch back.

To block cookies, use the following steps:

    1. Open IE.
    2. Click the Tools menu.
    3. Click Internet Options.
    4. Click the Privacy tab.
    5. Click Advanced.
    6. Click Override Automatic Cookie Handling.
    7. Select either to Block or Prompt.
    Block will block all cookies. Prompt will ask you each time a server requests to pull or create a cookie.
    8. Click OK twice.

    If you ever want to switch this back, just unclick the Override Automatic Cookie Handling box.

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