How to Enable Cookies in Windows Internet Explorer

by Matthew BurleyUpdated September 28, 2017

Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser offers configurable security settings meant to protect users from harmful Web content and malicious sites. One of these settings determines how the browser handles cookies. A cookie is a piece of data that stores information about your visit to a website. Cookies can be dangerous or invasive; however, they also have legitimate uses. Retailers use them to save items placed in your shopping cart; other sites may use them to store login information. If you want to take advantage of these functions, enable cookies in Internet Explorer.

Launch Internet Explorer. Click the "Tools" icon at the top-right corner of the screen, then choose "Internet Options."

Click the "Privacy" tab at the top of the "Internet Options" window. Click "Advanced."

Check the box to the left of "Override automatic cookie handling."

Configure the options for "First-party Cookies," "Third-party Cookies" and "Always allow session cookies." Microsoft suggests accepting "First-party Cookies," blocking "Third-party Cookies" and checking the box next to "Always allow session cookies."

Click "OK" to close the "Advanced Privacy Settings" window, then "OK" to close the "Internet Options" window.


Click "Sites" on the "Privacy" tab in "Internet Options" to allow or block cookies from specific sites. If you only want to enable cookies for one or two sites, this is safer than reconfiguring your entire browser security protocol.


About the Author

Matthew Burley has been a writer of online content since 2005. You can view many of his articles on Burley holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State and a Master of Science in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.

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