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How to Allow or Block Cookies in IE10 and IE11 in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by letting sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.

Internet Explorer allows you to control the cookies that are stored on your computer. You can block or allow certain cookies, and you can choose specific sites to allow or block cookies from.

Blocking cookies might prevent some webpages from displaying correctly, or you might get a message from a site letting you know that you need to allow cookies to view that site.

Changes you make to block, allow, or customize cookie settings apply to both the modern Internet Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.


This tutorial will show you how to allow or block certain cookies and cookies from specific sites in IE10 or IE11 in only your account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
In Windows 8 an Windows RT for IE10, cookies are saved in the hidden protected OS folders below:

C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies

AND

C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low


In Windows 8.1 an Windows RT 8.1 for IE11, cookies are saved in the hidden protected OS folders below:

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies

AND

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low


If you like, you could also use the shell commands below to open the cookies folder locations above for both IE10 and IE11.

shell:cookies

AND

shell:cookies\low


Types of Cookies Description
Session cookies Temporary, or session, cookies are removed from your PC after you close Internet Explorer. Websites use them to store temporary information, such as items in your shopping cart.
Persistent cookies Persistent, or saved, cookies remain on your computer after you close Internet Explorer. Websites use them to store information, such as your sign-in name and password, so that you don't have to sign in each time you go to a particular site. Persistent cookies can remain on your computer for days, months, or even years.
First-party cookies First-party cookies come from the website that you're viewing and can be either persistent or temporary. Websites might use these cookies to store information that they'll reuse the next time you go to that site.
Third-party cookies Third-party cookies come from other websites' advertisements (such as pop-up or banner ads) on the website that you're viewing. Websites might use these cookies to track your web use for marketing purposes.





Internet Explorer Cookies - Allow or Block in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Internet Explorer Cookies - Allow or Block in Windows 8
Allow or Block Cookies in Internet Options

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open Internet Options.

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Internet Options icon, and go to step 4 below.

3. Open the desktop Internet Explorer, click/tap on the Tools button Name:  Tools.jpg
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4. Click/tap on the Privacy tab, and do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshots below step 5A and 6A)


5. To Set a Standard Privacy Level for Cookies

A) Under Settings, click/tap on the Default button, move the slider up and down to select the privacy level setting (ex: Medium) you want for automatic cookie handling for the Internet zone, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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6. To Use Custom Privacy Settings for Cookies

A) Under Settings, click/tap on the Advanced button. (see screenshot below)

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B) Check the Override automatic cookie handling box, choose how you want cookies handled in the Internet zone, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6A)






Internet Explorer Cookies - Allow or Block in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Internet Explorer Cookies - Allow or Block in Windows 8
Allow or Block All Third-Party Cookies in Modern Internet Explorer 11

NOTE: This option is only available in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

1. On your Start screen, open the modern Internet Explorer.

2. While in modern Internet Explorer, open the Charms bar, and click/tap on Settings.

3. In Settings, click/tap on Privacy. (see screenshot below)

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4. In Privacy under Cookies, turn on or off to block all third-party cookies. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
If you are currently using a standard privacy level in step 5 of OPTION ONE, then:

Off = Same as setting a Medium level.

On = This will vary depending on what standard privacy level you had set before turned off.

  • Block All Cookies = Same as a custom privacy setting with Override automatic cookie handling box checked, block first-party cookies, block third-party cookies, and Always allow session cookies box unchecked.
  • High = Same as a custom privacy setting with Override automatic cookie handling box unchecked.
  • Medium High = Same as a custom privacy setting with Override automatic cookie handling box unchecked.
  • Medium = Same as a custom privacy setting with Override automatic cookie handling box unchecked.
  • Low = Same as a custom privacy setting with Override automatic cookie handling box unchecked.
  • Accept All Cookies = Same as a custom privacy setting with Override automatic cookie handling box checked, accept first-party cookies, block third-party cookies, and Always allow session cookies box unchecked.


If you are currently using a custom privacy setting in step 6 of OPTION ONE, then:

Off = Same as setting a Medium level in step 5 of OPTION ONE above.

On = Goes back to the custom privacy setting you previously had before turned off.


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Internet Explorer Cookies - Allow or Block in Windows 8 OPTION THREE Internet Explorer Cookies - Allow or Block in Windows 8
Allow or Block Cookies Per Site in Internet Options

NOTE: This is to specify which websites are always or never allowed to use cookies regardless of the privacy policy you set in OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO above.

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open Internet Options.

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Internet Options icon, and go to step 4 below.

3. Open the desktop Internet Explorer, click/tap on the Tools button Name:  Tools.jpg
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4. Click/tap on the Privacy tab, and click/tap on the Sites button. (see screenshot below)

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5. Do steps 6, 7, 8, and/or 9 below for what you would like to do.


6. To Add a Site to Managed Websites List and Allow or Block to Use Cookies

A) In the Address of website box, type a website address (ex: eightforums.com), and click/tap on Block or Allow. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: As you type, a list of webpages that you have already visited will be displayed. You can click/tap an item in the list and it will be displayed in the Address of website box.

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7. To Remove a Site from the List of Managed Websites

A) In the Managed websites box, select a listed site (ex: eightforums.com) that you no longer want to be managed, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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8. To Remove All Sites from the List of Managed Websites

A) Click/tap on Remove all. (see screenshot below step 7A)

9. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below step 6A and 7A)

10. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 4)





That's it,
Shawn