How do I enable or disable or delete Internet cookies?

CookiesBelow are the steps required for disabling or enabling Internet cookies in all major browsers.

Tip: Realize after cookies have been disabled some web pages will not work properly or allow you access.

Microsoft Internet Explorer users
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox users
Netscape users
Opera users

Internet ExplorerMicrosoft Internet Explorer users

Deleting cookies

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x and 6.x users can delete cookies by clicking the "View" menu, "Internet Options" and clicking the button "Delete Cookies."

Viewing cookies on your hard drive

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x and 6.x users running Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 can delete or view cookies on the hard drive by opening the "C:\Document and Settings\<user>\cookies" folder, where <user> is the name of your account used to log onto the computer.

Other Internet Explorer users may locate the cookies in one of the below directories.

  • Windows 95 and 98 users - C:\Windows\Cookies
  • Windows NT users - C:\WinNT\Administrator\Cookies

Disabling cookies

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x users can disable or manage their cookie settings by clicking the "View" menu, "Internet Options",  and selecting the "Privacy" tab.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x users can disable cookies by clicking the "View" menu, "Internet Options," "Advanced," and select "Never accept cookies" or "Warn me before accepting cookies."
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x users can disable or warn for cookies by clicking the "View" menu, "Options", "Advanced" and select "Never accept cookies" or "Warn me before accepting cookies."

Enabling cookies

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x and above users can enable or manage their cookie settings by clicking the "View" menu, "Internet Options",  and selecting the "Privacy" tab.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x users can enable cookies by clicking the "View" menu, "Internet Options", Advanced" and unselecting "Never accept cookies" or "Warn me before accepting cookies."
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x users can enable cookies by clicking the "View" menu, "Options", "Advanced", and unselecting "Never accept cookies" or "Warn me before accepting cookies."

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome users

  1. Click on the "wrench"  Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon, which is located near the top-right side of the browser window and
  2. Click Settings.
  3. At the bottom of Settings click Show advanced settings
  4. In the Privacy section click the Content settings button

Within the Content Settings you'll be able to Allow local data to be set (recommended and enable setting), Keep local data only until I quit my browser, Block sites from setting any data (disable), and the option that allows you to manage each site cookie settings.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox users

Deleting cookies on your hard drive

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 users can delete the cookies on their hard drive by clicking the "Tools" menu, "Options", clicking the "Privacy" button, and under "Cookies" click the Clear button.

Disabling cookies

To disable Mozilla Firefox 1.0 cookies, click the "Tools" menu, "Options", clicking the "Privacy" button, and under "Cookies" uncheck the "Allow sites to set cookies" option.

Enabling cookies

To enable Mozilla Firefox 1.0 cookies, click the "Tools" menu, "Options", clicking the "Privacy" button, under "Cookies" check the "Allow sites to set cookies" option.

NetscapeNetscape users

Deleting cookies on your hard drive

Netscape 7.x users can manage and delete cookies by clicking the "Tools" menu and then "Cookie Manager."

Disabling cookies

  • Netscape 4.x users can disable cookies by clicking the "Edit" menu, "Preferences", "Advanced", and select "Warn before accepting cookies."
  • Netscape 7.x users can disable cookies by clicking the "Tools" menu and then opening the "Cookie Manager."

Enabling cookies

  • Netscape 4.x users can enable cookies by clicking the "Edit" menu, "Preferences", "Advanced", and unselect "Warn before accepting cookies."
  • Netscape 7.x users can enable cookies by clicking the "Tools" menu and then opening the "Cookie Manager"

OperaOpera users

Opera users can manage, disable, and enable their cookies by clicking the "File" menu, "Preferences", and selecting "Privacy."

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