Skip to main content

Clearing Internet Browser Cookies

Cookies are files created by sites you visit. They make your online experience easier by saving browsing data. If you see a "400 Bad Error" message on your browser while searching for research articles, you may need to clear your cookies. Clearing your cookies and cached images and files will free up space in your browser to enable you to continue searching for articles online. After you clear cache and cookies, some settings on sites get deleted. For example, if you were signed into an account, you will need to sign in again. Along with the video that the library has created, this LibGuide will teach you how to clear your cookies in each browser.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

1. In Google Chrome, at the top right, click the symbol with three vertical dots .

Screen shot of Google homepage, with a red arrow pointing at the menu button.

2. Click History.

Screenshot of Google Chrome menu to access browser history.

3. Click Clear browsing data.

Google Chrome browser history page with red circle around "clear browsing data."

4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.

Clear browsing data menu with drop-down menu of time range and blue highlight on "All time."

5. Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes. Click Clear data.

Clear browsing data menu with checkboxes next to "cookies and other site data" and "cached images and files," with red circle around "Clear data."
 
For more information on how to clear cookies in Google Chrome, visit this link.

Safari

Safari

1. In the Safari web browser, choose Safari > Preferences, click Privacy.

Safari preferences and privacy window

 

2. Click Websites on the icon bar, then click Manage Website data

Safari privacy dialog with red circle around "Manage Website Data"

 

3. Select one or more websites, then click Remove or Remove all. 

Safari Website Data dialog to clear cookies with red circle around "Remove all"

 

For more information on how to clear cookies in Safari, visit this link

Firefox

Firefox

1. Click the menu button and select Preferences.

2. Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the Cookies and Site Data section. 

3. Click the Clear Data... button. The Clear Data dialog box will appear. Cookies and Site data and Cached Web Content should both be checked. 

Firefox clear data dialog with boxes checked for "cookies and site data" and "cached web content"

 

4. Click Clear.

For more information on how to clear cookies in Firefox, visit this link.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

  1. Select the Tools button, point to Safety, and then select Delete browsing history.
  2. Select the Cookies and website data check box, and then select Delete.

For more information on how to clear cookies in Internet Explorer, visit this link.