How to view and remove the cookies stored in Microsoft Edge
As you probably know, cookies are not just tasty treats; they are also an essential part of the internet. Browser cookies, to be more exact, are small pieces of text that are used by websites to store information about you, which is then used to let you create online accounts, remember your details or personalize your online experience. That also includes “relevant ads” which are tailored to your interests, but which could not become personal without using cookies. Some people want to see what cookies are stored in their browsers by the various websites that they visit. In most web browsers, that is a simple thing to do. Unfortunately, if you like using Microsoft Edge, seeing the cookies stored by websites on your Windows 10 device, is not as easy as we wished:
How to view the cookies stored by a website you visit, in Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and visit a website that you want. Wait for it to load completely, and then click or tap the “Settings and more” button from the top-right corner of the window. Its icon looks like three dots.
Then, in the popup menu that is displayed, click or tap the “Developer Tools” entry.
The previous action opens up the “Developer Tools” tab, which contains many details about the webpage that you are visiting. These details are generally used by web developers to see the code behind the webpage and to see how well it performs regarding speed and resources. It should look something like this:
Note that you can also launch the “Developer Tools” more quickly, by pressing the F12 key on your keyboard.
Although they are primarily used by web developers, the “Developer Tools” can also be used by anyone who wants to see the cookies stored by a web page. To do that, in the “Developer Tools” tab, click or tap on the Debugger section.
In the Debugger section, on the left sidebar, look for an entry called Cookies, and double-click or double-tap on it.
Under Cookies, you should see the name of the webpage that you are visiting right now. Click or tap on it, and its name should turn bold.
In the middle area of the “Developer Tools,” you can now see all the cookies stored by the webpage you are on. Each cookie is displayed on a row, and for each cookie, you can see several details about it, such as its Name, Value, Domain, Path, and the time when it Expires.
As you can see in the screenshot above, when you visit a webpage from Digital Citizen, you get at least two cookies:
- cfduid - it comes from CloudFlare, a service that we use to load our website from a server that is near you, so that it loads as fast as possible.
- ga - it comes from Google Analytics, the service that we use to analyze the traffic on our website.
How to remove one or more cookies stored by a web page in Microsoft Edge
To selectively remove one or more cookies stored by a web page in Microsoft Edge, follow the steps from the first section of this guide. Then, right-click or tap and hold on one of the cookies that you want to delete. You should get a contextual menu like the one below:
To remove only the selected cookie, the one on which you right-clicked, press “Delete cookie” or the Delete key on your keyboard.
To remove all the cookies stored by the current web page in Microsoft Edge, click or tap “Delete all cookies,” or simultaneously press the Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys on your keyboard.
The third delete option available in the right-click menu is called “Delete all session cookies” and, if you choose it, you are deleting only the temporary cookies stored by the web page. They are called “session cookies” because they are created by the website each time you load that page and are deleted automatically each time you leave it.
How to remove all the cookies stored by Microsoft Edge
If you are not satisfied with removing some cookies stored by one web page that you have visited in Microsoft Edge, you can also make your browser remove every cookie it ever stored.
To do that, in Microsoft Edge, open the “Settings and more” menu, by clicking or tapping on the “three dots” button from the top-right corner of the window. Then, click or tap Settings.
In the Settings menu, click or tap the “Choose what to clear” button from the “Clear browsing data” section.
Then, select the “Cookies and saved website data” option and click or tap Clear at the bottom of the list.
A few seconds later, all the cookies should be erased, and you should see the message “All clear!”.
Note that if you want Microsoft Edge to delete all the cookies automatically, each time you close the web browser, you can also enable the switch that says “Always clear this when I close the browser.”
That is all!
Wouldn’t you have preferred to have an easier way to see and manage the cookies stored in Microsoft Edge?
We know we would have! Although it is possible to see the cookies stored by web pages in Microsoft Edge, the procedure involved it is not friendly. Other web browsers such as Google Chrome offer much easier ways to see and manage the cookies. What do you think? Do you agree with us? Use the comments section below to share your thoughts and speak your mind. :)