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How do I delete my browser cookies?

Because session cookies do not leave a clear text file on the browser, users can’t do much to control them. However, users can view and delete their permanent cookies from the text folder or file where they are saved. The main browser types are listed below.

Windows PC

Google Chrome

  • Click on the Tools menu and select Options
  • Click the “Under the Hood" tab and locate the “Security" section
  • In the “Cookie settings" section, click the “Show cookies"button.
  • Select “Remove all" to delete all cookies from the list (alternatively, you can remove all cookies created within a specific time period by selecting the “Clear browsing data" option in the Tools menu).
  • To delete a specific cookie, simply select the website that set the cookie from the list and click on “Remove".
  • Click on the Close button when you’ve finished.

Internet Explorer 8

  • Click “Safety" on the Command bar
  • Select “Delete Browsing History"
  • Select the option for cookies and click Delete
  • Alternatively, Internet Explorer 8’s new InPrivate browsing feature allows users to browse the internet without recording information from visited sites (including cookies).
  • To use InPrivate mode:
    Click “Safety" on the Command bar
    Select “InPrivate Browsing"

Internet Explorer 7.x

  • Exit Internet Explorer 7, and then exit any instances of Windows Explorer
  • Click Start, click Run, type inetcpl.cpl, and then press ENTER
  • On the General tab, click Delete under Browsing History in the Internet Properties dialog box
  • In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, click Delete Cookies
  • In the Delete Cookies dialog box, click Yes.

Internet Explorer (all other versions)

  • Internet Explorer saves cookies in more than one location, depending on the version of the browser and the version of Microsoft Windows being used.
  • The best way to find and delete them is to close Internet Explorer then use your file management software (such as Windows Explorer) and search for a folder called ‘cookies’.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click on Tools, then Options (or Edit | Preferences on Linux)
  • Select Privacy
  • In the Cookies panel, click on Show Cookies
  • To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the Remove Cookie button
  • To remove all cookies click on the Remove All Cookies button

Apple Macintosh

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 (MacOS X)

  • Choose Preferences from Explorer menu
  • Select Receiving Files options
  • Select Cookies
  • Select the Cookies to be deleted from the list
  • Press Delete button

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 (MacOS 9)

  • Choose Preferences from Edit menu
  • Select Receiving Files options
  • Select Cookies
  • Select the Cookies to be deleted from the list
  • Press Delete button

Mozilla

  • Choose Cookie Manager from the Tools menu.
  • Choose Manage Stored Cookies.
  • Remove any cookie from the list, or remove all cookies.

Safari 1.0 (MacOS X)

  • Choose Preferences from Safari menu
  • Select Security icon
  • Press Show Cookies button
  • Select the Cookies to be deleted from the list
  • Press Delete button