How to View Computer Cookies

By Tricia Goss

Not Exactly...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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