How do I clear my web browsers cookies?

Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (stores) it. In this way, the files (including any images on the page) do not have to be retrieved anew from the remote web site each time you click the Back or Forward buttons. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.

This document explains how to clear the cache for the following popular web browsers:

 

Windows Internet Explorer 5 & 6

To delete all cookies:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Tools menu and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click the Delete Cookies button.
  3. Click OK.

To delete certain cookies:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Tools menu and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click the Settings button.
  3. Click the View Files button.
  4. Click the View menu and select Details.
  5. Click the Internet Address column header to sort, then locate the Internet addresses of the cookie files. For example, a cookie Internet address may be named similar to the following: Cookie:user@websitename.com
  6. Highlight the cookies you wish to delete, then press the Delete key.

Windows Internet Explorer 4

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. On the view menu, click Internet Options, and click the Settings button.
  3. Click the View Files button.
  4. Click the View menu and Select Details.
  5. Click the Internet Address column header to sort, then locate the Internet Addresses of the cookie files. For example, a cookie Internet address may be named similar to the following: Cookie:user@websitename.com
  6. Highlight the cookies you wish to delete, then press the Delete key.

Macintosh Internet Explorer 4.5 & 5

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Edit menu and choose Preferences.
  3. Expand the Receiving Files category by click the triangle to the left, and click Cookies
  4. Select the item or cookies you want to delete in the Server list and click Delete.

Windows Netscape 4.x

Netscape bundles all web site cookies into one file. This file cannot be edited. If you wish to remove one cookie, you must remove them all by deleting the cookie file.

  1. Locate the Netscape folder on your hard drive (usually located in c:/Program Files/Netscape/).
  2. Double click the Users folder within the Netscape folder.
  3. Double click your Profile Name folder (this will usually be your username).
  4. Click the cookies.txt file once to highlight it, then click the File menu and choose Delete.

Macintosh Netscape 4.x

Netscape bundles all web site cookies into one file. This file cannot be edited. If you wish to remove one cookie, you must remove them all by deleting the cookie file.

  1. Double click the Hard Drive icon and open the System Folder.
  2. Double click Preferences and locate the Netscape Users folder.
  3. Double click Your Profile folder.
  4. Single click the MagicCookie file so that it is highlighted, click the File menu and choose Move to trash
  5. Or, drag and the MagicCookie file to the Trash folder.

Netscape 7

  1. Click the Tools menu and choose Cookie Manager
  2. Choose Manage Stored Cookies from the submenu. The Cookie Manager window opens with a list of all the cookies stored on your computer.
  3. Select one or more cookies and click Remove Cookie, or click Remove All Cookies.

Opera for Macintosh

  1. Click on Window then Special Window and select Cookies.
  2. You can click the cookie files listed in the folders. To delete a cookie, highlight the file you want to delete. Press the Shift key to select multiple files.
  3. Click the Delete button.
  4. The ones remaining will be saved.

Opera for Windows

Opera supports the exact same format for setting cookies as Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. This means that Opera will be able to accept all cookies that work with these browsers. Cookies are stored in the file named cookies4.dat located in the main Opera directory (usually C:\Program Files\Opera). It is not possible to edit the file cookies4.dat by hand in order to remove unwanted cookies from your hard drive, but you can download the Opera File Explorer and use this tool to view your cookies. Taken from Opera Support

Mozilla

  1. Click Tasks and select Privacy & Security then choose Cookie Manager.
  2. On the submenu, choose View Stored Cookies. The Cookie Manager opens and lists the cookies stored on your computer.
  3. Select one or more cookies and click Remove Cookie. Clicking Remove All Cookies will delete all cookies.
  4. Optional: Choose to prevent removed cookies from being re-accepted later.

Author: Mags Kavanaugh

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