Cookies on Pinsent Masons website

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To understand more about how we use cookies, or for information on how to change your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy.

How to manage and delete cookies in the most common browsers

Web browsers give users control over what cookies are stored, but each works slightly differently. Follow these instructions to find out how to delete and manage cookies in your browser.

This guide was last updated in January 2019. It previously appeared on the AboutCookies.org site, which like Out-Law.com was run by Pinsent Masons.

 

 This is part of Out-Law's guide to cookies. EU law requires website operators to obtain consent to the use of cookies, other than those that are strictly necessary cookies, and provide users with information about how to manage and delete cookies.

We provide that here and many organisations link to our guidance rather than increase already-lengthy privacy policies. You can too, there is no charge for this and you don't need our specific permission. We used to provide this at AboutCookies.org, but now provide it here instead.


You can also control Adobe Local Shared Objects on your computer, also known as LSOs or Flash cookies, but not with your browser. Instead, Adobe's website offers tools to control Flash cookies on your computer.

Google Chrome

Manage cookies

Click on the 'tools' button at the top right of the browser, which is three vertical dots. Go to 'settings' and click on 'advanced settings' at the bottom of the page. Under 'privacy and security' click on 'content settings'. Click on 'cookies' and use this page to allow cookies, block third party cookies or block a specific site's cookies.

Delete cookies

Click on the 'tools' button at the top right of the browser, which is three vertical dots. Go to 'settings' and click on 'advanced settings' at the bottom of the page. Under 'privacy and security' click on 'content settings'. Click on 'cookies' and then on 'see all cookies and site data'. Click on 'remove all' and 'done'.

See Google's own instructions on managing cookies in Chrome.

Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 and 11

Manage cookies

Click on the 'setting's cog at the top right of the browser window, then on 'internet options'. Choose the 'privacy' tab and use the slider to set your preferences, or select 'advanced' to make more specific choices.

Delete cookies

Click on the 'setting's cog at the top right of the browser window, then 'safety' and 'delete browsing history'. Select the 'cookies and website data check box' and hit 'delete'.

See: Microsoft's own instructions on managing cookies in IE

Delete cookies in Internet Explorer 8

Click on the 'safety' button, and then select 'delete browsing history'. Select the check box next to cookies.

See: Microsoft's own instructions on managing cookies in IE

Safari on a Mac

Manage cookies

Choose the 'settings' menu and 'preferences', then the 'privacy' tab. Click 'block all cookies' or under the 'manage website data' section ask Safari to ask specific websites not to track you.

Delete cookies

Choose the 'settings' menu and 'preferences', then the 'privacy' tab. Go to 'manage website data' and 'remove all' to remove all cookies, or select which website's cookies you want to remove.

See: Apple's own instructions on managing cookies in Safari on a Mac

Mozilla Firefox

Manage cookies

Click the menu button (three horizontal lines at the screen's top right) and choose 'options', then 'privacy & security'. Go to 'history' and choose the drop-down after the words 'Firefox will'. Select 'use custom settings for history' and use the check boxes shown to choose what Firefox will store, including browsing history, form-filling; cookie acceptance, and cookie storage duration.

See: Mozilla's own instructions on managing cookies in Firefox

Delete cookies

Click the menu button (three horizontal lines at the screen's top right) and choose 'options', then 'privacy & security'. Go to 'history' and choose the drop-down after the words 'Firefox will'. Select 'use custom settings for history' and click the 'show cookies' button. Click the 'remove all' button, or delete cookies from individual sites using the check boxes.

check boxes shown to choose what Firefox will store, including browsing history, form-filling; cookie acceptance, and cookie storage duration.

See: Mozilla's own instructions on deleting cookies in Firefox

Opera

Manage cookies

Go to 'settings' then 'preferences', 'advanced' and 'cookies'. Choose an option, ranging from accepting all cookies to never accepting cookies. You can change cookies for specific sites by going to 'settings', 'quick preferences' and 'edit site preferences'.

Delete cookies

To disable cookies go to 'settings' then 'preferences', 'advanced' and 'cookies' and check 'delete new cookies when exiting Opera'.

See: Opera's own instructions on deleting and managing cookies