How to Get into the Cookie File on Your Computer


Accessing your browser's cookie files can help you determine what Web sites are tracking you and what information they are trying to mine from you. Knowing where your cookies are stored can be helpful if you are trying to remove potentially dangerous or unnecessary cookies stored in your browser. Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 will deny direct entry to your computer's cookie folder, but if you view your cookie files through your browser, you can quickly gain access, to view and delete files without any problems.

Internet Explorer

  • Click the "Internet Explorer" icon on your desktop to open your browser.

  • Select "Tools" from the menu at the top of your browser. Click "Internet Options" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  • Click the "Settings" button that is located on the "General" tab under "Browsing history."

  • Click the "View Files" button to see a list of all of your Internet Explorer cookies. Click on a file name to open a cookie file.


  • Click the "Mozilla Firefox" icon on your desktop.

  • Select the "Privacy" tab from the top of the "Options" menu.

  • Click the "Show Cookies" button.

  • Select a Web site from the "Site" menu to view the cookies associated with the Web site. Select the individual cookie you want to view, and look below the "Site" menu to view all of the cookie's information.

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