How to Remove Cookies From a Mac

Cookies are used to track a user’s movement on the Internet. They make it faster when opening websites that have been previously visited and can improve overall functionality. But sometimes you don’t want all of your habits recorded or to risk third parties using them without your knowledge. There are multiple ways to clear out cookies on a Mac and get a clean slate. You can clear them out individually with each browser or all at once by deleting a specific file.

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Delete cookies through the individual browser. For Safari, Open the browser menu and select “Preferences,” then click the “Security” tab. Click “Show cookies,” then “Remove all” and finally “Done.”

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For Firefox, click "Preferences, then "Privacy," then "Show cookies." Choose to "Remove all cookies."

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Delete all of your cookies at once by eliminating a file. For operating systems earlier than Leopard 10.5, you can delete all cookies by moving “cookies.plist“ to the trash. Press the "Command" button + the space bar to open the Spotlight search function.

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Type "cookies.plist" into Spotlight.

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Move the file to the trash can.