Enable and disable cookies that websites use to track your preferences

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Cookies are stored on your computer by websites you visit and contain information such as site preferences or login status. This article describes how to enable and disable cookies in Firefox.

How do I change cookie settings?

Note: Cookies are enabled by default in Firefox.

To check or change your settings:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

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  2. Select the Privacy panel.

  3. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history. Custom History Fx 5 - Win Custom History - Mac Custom History - Linux Custom History Fx21 WinXP Custom History Fx21 Win7 Custom History Fx21 Mac Custom History Fx21 Linux
  4. Check mark Accept cookies from sites to enable Cookies, and uncheck it to disable them. Cookies Win Cookies Mac Cookies Lin
  5. Choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored:
    • Keep until: they expire: Each cookie will be removed when it reaches its expiration date, which is set by the site that sent the cookie.
    • Keep until: I close Firefox: The cookies that are stored on your computer will be removed when Firefox is closed.
    • Keep until: ask me every time: Displays an alert every time a website tries to send a cookie, and asks you whether or not you want to store it.
  6. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose the Preferences window .
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

    .
  2. Select the Privacy panel.

  3. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history. Custom History Fx 5 - Win Custom History - Mac Custom History - Linux Custom History Fx21 WinXP Custom History Fx21 Win7 Custom History Fx21 Mac Custom History Fx21 Linux
  4. Check mark Accept cookies from sites to enable Cookies, and uncheck it to disable them. Cookies Win Fx22 3rd Party Cookies Mac Fx22 3rd Party Cookies Linux Fx22
  5. Choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored:
    • Keep until: they expire: Each cookie will be removed when it reaches its expiration date, which is set by the site that sent the cookie.
    • Keep until: I close Firefox: The cookies that are stored on your computer will be removed when Firefox is closed.
    • Keep until: ask me every time: Displays an alert every time a website tries to send a cookie, and asks you whether or not you want to store it.
  6. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose the Preferences window .

Websites report cookie errors

If a website gives you an error message saying that you cannot accept cookies, see Websites say cookies are blocked - Unblock them.



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