How to View Computer Cookies

by Tricia Goss

Cookies are bits of personal information stored on your computer's web browser. Some cookies are helpful, such as those that store your passwords or user names with your permission. Others are useful because they allow your favorite sites to tailor certain website data to your preferences. Other cookies can track the sites you visit on your computer, which some feel invades privacy. You can view the types of cookies stored on your computer and change your browser's settings, if you choose.

View Cookies in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer and go to the "Tools" menu.

Step 2

Select "Internet Options" and make sure you are on the "General" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Settings" button in the "Browsing" section. The "Temporary Internet Files and History Settings" dialog box will open.

Click the "View Objects" button or the "View Files" button.

View Cookies in Firefox

Step 1

Open a new Firefox browser window. Open "Tools."

Step 2

Click on "Options" and then go to the "Privacy" tab.

Go to the "Cookies" section of the box and click the "Show Cookies" button.


  • Using Windows Disk Cleanup tool regularly will remove cookies and other temporary files from your computer, freeing up more space.

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About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.

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