How to manage cookies in Internet Explorer 9

Cookies are small text files that websites put on your computer to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can enrich your browsing experience by allowing websites to learn your preferences or allowing you to avoid signing in every time you visit certain sites. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.

You can delete cookies stored on your computer at any time. You can also change your privacy settings to block websites from storing cookies on your computer.

To delete cookies

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, point to Safety, and then click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies check box, and then click Delete.

Note

  • Deleting all cookies might prevent some webpages from displaying correctly.

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To block or allow all cookies

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

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

    Blocking cookies might prevent some webpages from displaying correctly.

Note

  • Blocking all cookies can help protect your privacy, but it might limit your experience on some websites. You can start by blocking all cookies, then allow cookies as needed for websites that you trust.

To block or allow cookies based on type.

Rather than picking specific websites to block or allow, you can specify general types of cookies that are acceptable. For example, you can choose to allow cookies from websites that have privacy policies or to block those from websites that store personal information without your consent.

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, and then click Internet options.
  3. Click the Privacy tab, move the slider to the level of privacy that you want to set, and then click OK.

    As you move the slider, Internet Explorer provides a description of the types of cookies that are blocked or allowed at that privacy level.

To block or allow cookies from specific websites

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, and then click Internet options.
  3. Click the Privacy tab, and then move the slider to a position between the top and bottom so you're not blocking or allowing all cookies.

  4. Click Sites.

  5. In the Address of website box, type a website address, and then click Block or Allow.

    As you type, a list of webpages that you've already visited will be displayed. You can click an item in the list and it will be displayed in the Address of website box.

  6. Repeat step 5 for each website you want to block or allow. When you're finished, click OK.

  7. Move the slider back to the position it was originally in, and then click OK.

To view a webpage privacy report

You can view a webpage's privacy report, which tells you what sites have content on the page and what cookies are stored on your computer after visiting the page.

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, point to Safety, and then click Webpage privacy policy.

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