How to Allow Cookies on Internet Explorer Browser

By Louise Balle

Web cookies are small text files that contain information about you and your computer, such as your login information and IP address. These cookies allow websites to track your usage. Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser allows you to decide whether you want to accept cookies, reject them, or be prompted for your decision. If you feel confident about allowing cookies while browsing the web, or you only visit a certain set of sites every time you go online, you can set your IE options to accept cookies automatically.

Step 1

Open your Internet Explorer browser. Go to "Tools" then "Internet Options" on your toolbar. When your dialog box appears, click the "Privacy" tab.

Step 2

Select "Advanced..." from the "Settings" area of the dialog box.

Step 3

Click to select "Accept" under both the first and third-party cookies columns. Also check "Always allow session cookies" and "Override automatic cookie handling."

Step 4

Use the slider under the "Settings" area of the "Privacy" tab as an alternative. Simply drag the slider all the way down to choose the lowest cookie privacy settings possible---this will allow all cookies.

Step 5

Click the "Security" tab before you close out of the "Internet Options" box. Go to the "Cookies" section.

Step 6

Choose whether you want to allow cookies to be stored on your PC (called persistent cookies) or to only allow per-session cookies, which are not stored. If you choose per-session cookies they will be deleted from your Internet Explorer file folder as soon as you close the browser.

Step 7

Click "OK" to save the settings and close out of the "Internet Options" dialog box.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a website that you recently viewed displayed the message that you need to allow cookies in order to view it properly, go back to the site now and click "Refresh" to assure that it is displaying correctly.