Setting Cookies and Clearing Browser Caches

What are cookies?

A cookie is a message given to your web browser by a web server, and is stored on your system in a small text file. Web sites use cookies to recall user information, when you return to a web site that uses cookies, your browser sends information to the web server via the appropriate cookie file. The server can then present you with custom web pages, recall any preferences you have specified or even remember your login information in order to automatically log you into the site.

How do I set my browser to accept cookies?

  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x, to accept cookies:
  1. Click Edit – Preferences.
  2. Select Advanced.
  3. Under the Security heading, find Cookies.
  4. Select Always accept cookies, or Prompt before accepting cookies.
  5. Click OK.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x, to accept cookies:
  1. Click Tools – Internet Options.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Custom Level.
  4. Scroll to the Cookies sections.
  5. Under the Allow cookies that are stored on your computer section, select Enable or Prompt.
  6. Under the Allow per-session cookies (not stored) section, select Enable or Prompt.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click OK again.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x,7.x to accept cookies:
  1. Click Tools – Internet Options.
  2. Click Privacy Tab.
  3. Move the scroll bar to the appropriate level in which to accept cookies .
  4. Click OK.
  • In Netscape Navigator 4.x, to accept cookies:
  1. Click Edit – Preferences.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Select Accept all cookies or Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server.
  4. Click OK.

How do I clear my browser’s cache?

  • In Windows:
  1. Click the Start button and choose Control Panel (or ‘Control Panel’ on XP) .
  2. Double click the Internet Options icon (switch to Classic View).
  3. Click the General tab.
  4. For IE 7, under Browsing History, click on Delete…
  5. Click the Delete Files button in the Temporary Internet Files section.
  6. If available, check the Delete all offline content box and click OK.
  7. Click OK again.
  8. Close and reopen the browser.

  • In Netscape Navigator 3.x, to clear the cache:
  1. Click the Options menu and choose Network Preferences.
  2. Click the Cache tab.
  3. Click Clear Memory Cache now.
  4. Click Clear Disk Cache now.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close and reopen the browser.
  • In Netscape Navigator 4.x, to clear the cache:
  1. Click the Edit menu and choose Preferences.
  2. Click Advanced (last item in the left-hand column).
  3. Click Cache.
  4. Click Clear Memory Cache now.
  5. Click Clear Disk Cache now.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Close and reopen the browser.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x, to clear the cache:
  1. Click the View menu and choose Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click the Settings button in the Temporary Internet Files section.
  4. Click Empty Folders.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close and reopen the browser.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x, to clear the cache:
  1. Click the View menu and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Click the Delete Files button in the Temporary Internet Files section.
  4. Check the Delete all offline content box and click OK.
  5. Click OK again.
  6. Close and reopen the browser.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x, to clear the cache:
  1. Click the Tools menu and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Click the Delete Files button in the Temporary Internet Files section.
  4. Check ‘Delete all offline content’ box and Click OK.
  5. Click OK again.
  6. Close and reopen the browser.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x,7.x to clear the cache:
  1. Click Tools and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Delete… button under Browsing history.
  3. On the window that appears click the Delete files… button under Temporary Internet Files
  4. Another window will pop up, click the Yes.
  5. Click the close button.
  6. Close and reopen the browser.
  • In Macintosh –

Safari

 

  • Launch the browser. Click on Safari, select Empty Cache… and Empty to reset the cache.

 

    Firefox
  • Launch the browser. Click on Firefox, select Preferences…
  • Select Privacy tab and then select Cache
  • Click on Clear Cache Now
    Internet Explorer

  1. Launch the browser. From the Apple menu, select Internet Explorer > Preferences (OS X) or Edit > Preferences (OS 9.x).
  2. Push the down arrow next to Web Browser.
  3. Select Advanced and click the Empty Now.
  4. Click OK, close and reopen the browser.
    Netscape

  1. Launch the browser. From the Apple menu, select Netscape > Preferences.
  2. Click Category and select Advanced.
  3. Click the drop down arrow, choose Cache and click Clear (Disk) Cache button.
  4. Click OK, close and reopen the browser.
    AOL

  1. Launch the browser. From the My AOL menu, on the AOL toolbar, click Preferences.
  2. Click WWW. Within Cache:, click the Empty Cache Now button. If no Cache section, please click Delete Files… under Temporary Internet Files.
  3. Click OK, close and reopen the browser.

Note: Internet Explorer has additional cache-related files with the “.waf” filename extension. Your browser may or may not use such additional files. Example – Explorer in Mac OS 9 Remove these two files: Macintosh HD: System Folder: Preferences: Explorer: Download Cache Macintosh HD: System Folder: Preferences: MS Internet Cache: cache.waf
Example – Explorer in Mac OS X Remove these four files: /Users/<User_Name>/Library/Preferences/Explorer/Download Cache
/Users/<User_Name>/Library/Caches/MS Internet Cache/cache.waf
/Users/<User_Name>/Library/Caches/MS Internet Cache/IE Cache.waf
/Users/<User_Name>/Library/Caches/MS Internet Cache/IE Control Cache.waf [e.g. /Users/hubert/Library/Preferences/Explorer/]

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