View or Delete Cookies

Dear Computer Lady,

Been a fan of yours for years!

I cannot find the cookies file in Vista. I used to clean out my cookies once a week with my old computer to keep it fast.

Thank you, Rose in Ohio


Dear Rose,

In Vista the cookies are grouped together with the Temporary Internet Files. Here is how you can both view them, and delete them:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Click on the “Tools” button, then click on “Internet Options”. If you can’t easily locate the tools button, press the “Alt” key on your keyboard and the menu bar will appear with “tools” in the menu.

2. In the Internet Options window, make sure you have the “General” tab selected, and look at the section entitled “Browsing history”.

3. In the Browsing history section, click on the “Settings” button and in the window that appears, click on the “View Files” button. This will open a window where you can view both your cookies and other temporary files. Close that window when you are done looking at your files.

4. Close the “Temporary Internet Files and History Settings window, to go back to the Internet Options window.

5. Once back in the Internet Options window, look once again at the “Browsing History” section and this time click on the “Delete…” button. This will open the “Delete Browsing History” window.

6. In the Delete Browsing History window, click on the “Delete Cookies” button to clean out all your cookies.


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    • krnadon
    • November 21, 2009

    How about Mozilla Firefox. I can not find cookies there

    • alexnetherton
    • November 27, 2009

    That makes no sense. Cookies are small text files that are used by web sites to make things more convenient, but sometimes to track web usage. I have never heard of them slowing a computer down, and I would not ever flush my cookies (that I choose to keep) for any reason; I have some that make life *much* easier, such as banking and bill paying, and Google settings.
    He may be thinking about “Temporary Internet Files”, but even then, those make things work faster, not slower (unless he has a small disk, and is running out of space).
    I think he needs to research what cookies actually do.

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