How to view and clear the cookies in Microsoft Edge

Cookies are not just tasty treats, but also an essential part of your experience on the internet. Browser cookies, to be more exact, are small pieces of text used by websites to store information about you. This data is then used to let you create online accounts, remember your details, or personalize your online experience. That also includes "relevant ads" tailored to your interests, which could not target you without the use of cookies. Some people want to see what cookies are stored in their browsers by the various websites they visit. In most web browsers, that is a simple thing to do. Unfortunately, in Microsoft Edge, seeing the cookies stored by websites on your Windows 10 device is not as easy as we'd like. Read this tutorial to see what steps are required to view and clear cookies in Microsoft Edge:

NOTE: The features presented are available in Windows 10 November 2019 Update or newer. If you're using an older version of Windows 10, you might not have access to all the features. Check your Windows 10 build and, if necessary, get the latest Windows 10 update available for you.

How to view the cookies stored by a website you visit in Microsoft Edge

Open Microsoft Edge and visit the website you want to see the cookies for. Wait for it to load completely, and then click or tap on the "Settings and more" button from the top-right corner of the window.

Press the Setting and more button, which looks like three dots

In the menu that opens, click or tap on More tools and then on Developer Tools.

Open Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge

The Developer Tools open on the right side of your screen. Though it might look confusing to regular users, the Developer Tools panel contains many technical details about the webpage that you are visiting.

These details are generally used by web developers to see the code behind the webpage and check how well it performs regarding speed and resources.

The Developer Tools display a lot of details

Note that you can also launch the Developer Tools faster by pressing the F12 key on your keyboard right after the page loads.

Press F12 on your keyboard to open Developer Tools

Although primarily used by web developers, the Developer Tools can help you see the cookies stored by a web page in its Storage tab. If you can't see the Storage tab at the top of the Developer Tools window, press on the arrow for More tools.

Click or tap on the arrow to see More tools

In the list of additional tools, click or tap on Storage to access the tab with the same name.

Open the Storage tab in Microsoft Edge

Open the Cookies entry from the list, either by double-clicking or double-tapping on it or by clicking or tapping on the arrow next to it.

Access the Cookies in Microsoft Edge

Under Cookies, you should now see the name of the webpage that you are visiting. Click or tap on it, and the name should turn bold.

Press on the name of your webpage

The Developer Tools display 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.

Details are displayed for each cookie

As seen 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 we use to load our website from a server near you, so it loads as fast as possible.
  • ga - it comes from Google Analytics, the service we use to analyze the traffic on our website.

How to clear 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, first access them, as illustrated in the first section of this guide. Then, select the cookie you want to delete and right-click or press-and-hold on it to open a contextual menu.

Open a contextual menu for the cookie you want to delete

To remove the selected cookie, click or tap on Delete cookie or press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Delete cookie removes the selected cookie

To remove all the cookies stored by the current web page in Microsoft Edge, click or tap on "Delete all cookies," or simultaneously press the Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys on your keyboard.

Delete all cookies clears all cookies for that web page

Click or tap on "Delete all session cookies" to only delete the temporary cookies stored by the web page. These are called "session cookies" because the website creates them every time you load that page and deletes them automatically when you leave it. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Delete instead.

Delete temporary cookies in Microsoft Edge

How to clear all the cookies stored by Microsoft Edge

You can also clear every cookie that was ever stored in Microsoft Edge. To do that, open the "Settings and more" menu, or use the keyboard shortcut Alt + X. Then, click or tap on Settings.

Access the Settings in Microsoft Edge

Access the "Privacy & security" tab by clicking or tapping on the lock icon.

Go to Privacy & security in Microsoft Edge

In the "Privacy & security" tab, click or tap the "Choose what to clear" button from the "Clear browsing data" section.

Press the Choose what to clear button

This opens the "Clear browsing data" section. Check the box next to the "Cookies and saved website data" option and click or tap on Clear at the bottom of the list.

Check the box to delete all cookies from Microsoft Edge

Wait while your browser deletes all the cookies. When the process is finished, the "All clear!" message is displayed at the bottom.

Microsoft Edge lets you know when it is done clearing data

If you want Microsoft Edge to delete all cookies automatically each time you close the web browser, enable the switch under the "Always clear this when I close the browser" setting.

Turn on the option to always clear cookies from Microsoft Edge

Would you like an easier way to see and manage the cookies stored in Microsoft Edge?

The process of accessing the cookies stored in Microsoft Edge is complicated and unfriendly. Other web browsers offer simpler ways to see and manage cookies. Did you find the process to view cookies as complicated as we did? How often do you clear your cookies? Comment below and let's discuss.