What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by letting sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.

To delete cookies

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Options, and then, under History, tap or click Select.

  4. Select the Cookies check box, and then tap or click Delete.

To delete cookies in the desktop

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, point to Safety, and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies and website data check box, and then tap or click Delete.

Block cookies and customize cookie settings

If you don't want sites to store cookies on your PC, you can block cookies. You can also customize which sites you want to block cookies for.

To block cookies

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Tap or click the Privacy tab, and under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies, and then tap or click OK.

To customize cookie settings

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools , and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. On the Privacy tab, do one or more of the following:

    • To set what types of cookies are blocked or allowed, move the slider.

    • To block or allow specific websites, tap or click Sites.

    • To import a privacy preferences file, tap or click Import.

    • To override your privacy settings for certain types of cookies, tap or click Advanced.

    • To reset privacy settings to their original level, tap or click Default.

  4. When you're done making changes, tap or click OK.

Allow cookies

Blocking cookies might prevent some pages from displaying correctly, or you might get a message from a site letting you know that you need to allow cookies to view that site.

To allow cookies

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Tap or click the Privacy tab, and under Settings, move the slider to the bottom to allow cookies, and then tap or click OK.

Note

  • Changes you make to block, allow, or customize cookie settings apply to both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer for the desktop.