How to Delete Cookies on a Dell Computer

By Carlye Jones

Learning how to remove cookies is an important part of regular computer maintenance. Deleting cookies can help protect your personal information, free up valuable disk space and potentially increase the speed of your internet connection. There are different ways to remove cookies from a Dell computer. You can either do it through the control panel or through your web browser. The results are the same, so the method you choose is a matter of ease and personal preference, there is no need to do both.Here's how to delete cookies on a Dell computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Dell computer
  • Internet explorer (optional)
  • Firefox (optional)

Delete Cookies on a Dell Computer Running Windows XP or Vista

Step 1

Open the control panel.Click the "Start" button. A pop-up menu will appear. Find "Control Panel" and click on it. A new window will open.

Step 2

Navigate to Internet Properties.In the new window that you opened in Step 1, find and click "Network and Internet Options." A new list of selections will appear. From those choices, find and click "Internet Options." A dialog box titled "Internet Properties" will open.

Step 3

Delete cookies.In the dialog box that you opened in Step 2, click the "General" tab at the top. Then find and click the "Delete Cookies" button in second box from the top. Windows will ask if you want to delete all cookies. Click "ok" and wait for the deletion process to be completed.

Delete Cookies On a Dell Computer Using Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer.Either double-click on the Internet Explorer icon on your desktop, or click the "Start" menu button and place the pointer over "All Programs." When the pop-up menu opens, find Internet Explorer and click on it to open the browsing window.

Step 2

Navigate to "Internet Properties."In the Internet Explorer browser window that you opened in Step 1, find the menu item titled "Tools" along the top. Click on "Tools" and and when the menu drop-down opens, click "Internet Options." A dialog box titled "Internet Properties" will open.

Step 3

Delete cookies.In the dialog box that you opened in Step 2, click the "General" tab at the top. Then find and click the "Delete Cookies" button in second box from the top. Windows will ask if you want to delete all cookies. Click "ok" and wait for the deletion process to be completed.

Delete Cookies on a Dell Computer Using Firefox

Step 1

Open Firefox. Either double-click on the Firefox icon on your desktop, or click the "Start" menu button and place the pointer over "All Programs." When the pop-up menu opens, find Firefox and click on it to open the browsing window.

Step 2

Navigate to "Options."In the Firefox browser window that you opened in Step 1, find the menu item titled "Tools" along the top. Click on "Tools" and and when the menu drop-down opens, click "Options." A dialog box titled "Options" will open.

Step 3

Open the "Cookies" dialog box.In the "Options" dialog box that you opened in Step 2, click the "Privacy" tab at the top. When the "Privacy" options appear, find and click the "Show Cookies" button on the left side of the second box from the top. A dialog titled "Cookies" will open.

Step 4

Delete cookies.In the "Cookies" dialog box that you opened in Step 3, click the "Remove All Cookies" button at the bottom of the dialog box. Wait for the deletion process to be completed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't be afraid to delete cookies. They can take up valuable space on your computer and leave some of your personal information exposed.