Clearing Cookies In The Most Popular Web Browsers

While surfing the web you can easily pick up cookies, and the following article goes in depth on clearing cookies with the browser you are using.

Moreover, browser cookies can be quite helpful as they can "keep your place" and save your information on websites, making your browsing experience easier and more efficient. That is to say, there are times you may not want to keep your cookies or browsing data.  To clarify, cookies can contain a lot of information about you and your browsing habits. Furthermore, they can hold your personal information that you have entered into forms, including your name, address, login credentials, etc.

As a result, if you wish to protect this information from being stored, this article provides step-by-step instructions for clearing cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer, and Safari.

Clearing Cookies in Chrome

  1. Click the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window.
  2. From the drop-down list, click "Settings."
  3. Scroll down to "Privacy and Security" and click "Clear browsing data."
  4. From here, you can clear your browsing history, cookies and other site data, and cached images and files. You can delete from a specific time range in addition to other options if you open the "Advanced" tab.

Setting window for clearing browser cookies in Chrome
In addition to deleting your cookies, you can also change your cookie settings. To clarify, in "Cookies and other site data" under the "Privacy and Security" settings, you can choose to allow all cookies, block third-party cookies, or block all cookies.  Furthermore, you can also choose to clear all cookies whenever you close your browser or choose to allow which sites use cookies.

Cookies in Firefox

  1. Click the hamburger menu in the top right corner of the browser window.
  2. From the drop-down list, click "Settings."
  3. Select "Clear your recent history."
  4. Check the box labeled "Cookies," select the time frame, and select "Everything," marking that you want to delete all cookies.
  5. Click "Clear now."

Clearing cookies in Edge

  1. Click the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window.
  2. From the drop-down list, click "Settings."
  3. From the menu on the left, click "Privacy and services."
  4. Under "Clear browsing data," click the button labeled "Choose what to clear."
  5. From here, select which data you want to clear, select the time range, and click "Clear now."

With Edge, you can also choose which data to clear every time you close your browser. Moreover, you can choose to clear browsing history, download history, cookies, cached files, and more. To clarify, you won't ever have to manually delete your cookies or other browsing data.

Cookies in Explorer

  1. Click the Settings gear in the top right corner of the browser window.
  2. From the menu, hover over "Safety."
  3. Click "Delete Browsing History..."
  4. Select which data you want to clear and then click "Delete."

Clearing cookies in Safari

  1. Click on "Safari" at the top left corner of the browser in the menu bar.
  2. Click on "Preferences."
  3. Select the "Privacy" tab.
  4. Click "Manage Website Data."
  5. Select "Remove All" and click "Remove now."

To block cookies in the future, select "Always block" for "Cookies and website data" in the Privacy settings.

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