Enable or Disable Cookies in Internet Explorer 11

Cookies are handled very different in Internet Explorer 11 than they are in older versions of IE. Here’s how you can enable cookies or disable them completely.

  1. Select the gear in the upper-right corner of the screen, then select “Internet Options“. If you have the Menu Bar enabled, you can select “ToolsInternet Options“.
    IE gear and Internet Options
  2. Click the “Privacy” tab.
  3. Move the slider to a setting desired. Options range from “Block All Cookies” to “Accept All Cookies“. There are also options under “Advanced” where you can customize the settings.
    IE11 Cookies Setting
  4. Click “OK” and you have successfully set your cookie settings in IE11.

If you want to browse the web and prevent IE11 from keeping cookies after a single session, you can enable InPrivate Browsing. InPrivate Browsing is like the Incognito Mode in Google Chrome. You can bring up an InPrivate Browsing window in IE11 by select the gear in the upper-right corner of the screen, then choosing “Safety” > “InPrivate Browsing“.

IE11 InPrivate Browsing


  1. Gail says

    Response for Chet – Go to the Sites tab, see if the website giving you the error message is listed. If yes, check the cookies status. If it says blocked, then remove that site. Depending on your advanced settings – I set mine to prompt so I can see what cookies are being requested and can individually allow or block.

    Then revisit the website you experienced the problem and if using prompts, set to allow. This should fix your error.

  2. Rick says

    I just upgraded to Windows 10 and I’m using IE 11 instead of Edge. There is no Slider on the Privacy Page.

    So, how do block or allow cookies in IE11 under Windows 10?

  3. Jherson Salvador says

    I am a website tech support for a US based bank and i got a customer who is seeking assistance on how to enable cookies from both Chrome v40 and IE11. I used this steps when my caller was enabling cookies in IE 11 and it worked! This is awesome! Thanks Mitch for coming up with such article. It helps people help people. :)

  4. Arnold Granville says

    I followed your steps above to enable cookies but still get a message from Facebook that cookies are enabled.

  5. chet says

    My Privacy window is nothing like the one you are showing on your diagram with the slider. All I have in the Privacy tab are: 4 tabs across and a couple more below the Default tab. The 4 across are: Sites, Import, Advanced & Default – the 2 below the Default are: Clear Sites and Settings. There are also 3 check boxes: Never allow websites to request your physical location; Turn on Pop-up Blocker & Disable toolbars and extensions when InPrivate Browsing starts.

    I am using Windows 7 all updated and I can get to my Google email site but it keeps on saying that – Oops! Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. etc.


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