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Delete cookies in Internet Explorer

Cookies in Internet Explorer "Cookies" are small text files Internet Explorer stores in a safe area of your computer; websites are allowed to store cookies to keep track of your user name, the content of your shopping cart if you are not logged in, the preferences you configured for a website portal, etc. At times, you may need to reset your cookies for one reason or another (it is often offered as a poor "cookie-cutter" troubleshooting solution by Internet Service Providers or software vendors). In this tutorial, we will show you how to delete your cookies in Internet Explorer.

To delete your Internet Explorer browsing history in general, please see our tutorial on deleting your browsing history in Internet Explorer.

This tutorial will also explain how to clear the cookies for a single website, which is in many case what you would like to do (and not erase your entire cookies). Continue reading to delete all cookies, or skip to deleting cookies for the current website only. We will also explain how you can disable cookies in Internet Explorer.

Delete all cookies in Internet Explorer

Erase cookies from Internet Explorer The easiest way to delete your cookies in Internet Explorer is to go to the Safety menu, and choose Delete browsing history - you will see, we will not have to delete your entire browsing history just to delete your cookies.

You can also access this functionality to remove cookies with the following keyboard shortcut, shown on the menu: Ctrl+Shift+Del.

Internet Explorer will launch the Delete Browsing History dialog, which contains a number of checkboxes. We have checked and unchecked checkboxes as needed on the screenshot: this is how your selection should look if you want to delete all your Internet Explorer cookies. You should basically have only two checkboxes checked: "Preserve Favorites website data", and "Cookies". Everything else should be unchecked.

Select to delete cookies in Internet Explorer

Before you click on the Delete button to erase all your Internet Explorer cookies though, the next section explains how to delete cookies from Internet Explorer only for the current website. But if you do want to remove all your current cookies, click on Delete. (Things like Hotmail Sign In will "forget" your user name and password, for example - you will just have to re-enter your credentials for websites that use cookies to remember your information.)

Delete Internet Explorer cookies for the current website only

Internet Explorer 8 ships with "Developer Tools", that are designed to help web developers program web applications inside Internet Explorer. The developer tools also include a cookie management tool, which allows to clear cookies for the current website: so, navigate to the website whose cookies you want to delete (or web page, as the case may be - some web pages are hosted on a different domain than other pages on the same website; since cookies are set for the current domain, it is preferable to navigate to the actual page from which you want to clear cookies).

Clear cookie cache from Internet Explorer developer tools Once you are on the website whose cookies you want to delete, press the F12 key on your keyboard: Internet Explorer will launch the Developer Tools window. Click on the Cache menu, and choose Clear cookies for Domain.

As soon as you do, Internet Explorer Developer Tools will show a dialog asking you final confirmation that you do want to delete cookies for the current website: "Are you sure you want to clear the cookies for this domain?"

Click Yes.

Final confirmation to delete domain cookies

All cookies for the current domain have been deleted! This approach allowed you to clear the cookies you wanted gone, while retaining all other cookies which conveniently remember your website preferences, login information, etc.

Disable cookies altogether in Internet Explorer

To completely disable cookies from Internet Explorer (a crippling option, since so many sites rely on them), go to the Tools menu, and choose Internet Options. Click on the Privacy tab, and then on Advanced: this will open Internet Explorer's Advanced Privacy Settings dialog:

Block all cookies in Internet Explorer

We have selected in the screenshot the settings you will want in order to block all cookies. Use these to override "automatic cookie handling" in Internet Explorer, and click OK. Internet Explorer on that computer (for the Windows user you are logged in as) will no longer support cookies (until and if you decide to re-enable cookie support — see below).

Reset default cookies settings in Internet Explorer

To re-enable cookies in that particular Internet Explorer, follow the same steps and choose the default Internet Explorer cookie settings, shown on this screenshot:

Default cookies settings in Internet Explorer

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