How to Enable Cookies and JavaScript

Three Methods:Enabling Cookies and JavaScript in Internet ExplorerEnabling Cookies and JavaScript in Mozilla FirefoxEnabling Cookies and JavaScript in Google Chrome

Cookies are used by websites to store information that allows for a more consistent user experience and to help users navigate websites. Cookies also personalize a website user's experience by storing information about a user's activity on a particular site and storing that information for future visits. JavaScript is a web programming language commonly used for enhancing user interfaces by allowing web programmers to make web-pages more interactive. Knowing how to enable cookies and JavaScript will allow you to make the most of your web browsing.

Method 1
Enabling Cookies and JavaScript in Internet Explorer

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    Click your computer's Start button to open Internet Explorer if this is your preferred web browser. Click "Tools" and then select "Internet Options."
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    Locate the Privacy tab and select it. Locate the Settings section and adjust the slider to accept or block cookies as you feel comfortable.
    • As you adjust the slider you will see a description of the types of cookies Internet Explorer blocks or allows at that particular level of privacy. Read each description provided before setting your preferences.
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    Click "OK."
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    Click "Sites" on the Privacy tab.
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    Locate the "Address of website" box and type in the website address for the specific website from which you wish to block or allow cookies. Repeat this step for every website you wish to block or allow.
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    Click "OK."
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    Select "Internet Options" from Internet Explorer's Tools menu.
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    Select the Security panel then select the Internet zone and click "Custom Level."
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    Click "Enable Active Scripting" in the Scripting section of the Security Settings box.
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    Click Internet Explorer's back button then click Internet Explorer's refresh button. This will activate your new settings.
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    Close Internet Explorer.

Method 2
Enabling Cookies and JavaScript in Mozilla Firefox

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    Click the Start button to open Firefox. Select the "Firefox" button (or the "Tools" button if you are using Windows XP).
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    Click "Options" and select "Privacy."
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    Adjust the settings for blocking and allowing cookies and click "OK."
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    Select "Content" from the Firefox Options box. Select "Advanced" and then select "Content."
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    Check the button next to "Enable JavaScript" and click "OK."
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    Click Firefox's back button then click "Reload." This will activate your new settings.
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    Close Firefox.

Method 3
Enabling Cookies and JavaScript in Google Chrome

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    Select the Customize and control icon on your browser's toolbar and click Settings.
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    On the tab "Settings", select "Content settings" in the Privacy section. If you don't see Privacy section, click "Show advanced settings" on the bottom of the list.
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    In the section "Cookies" verify that "Allow local data to be set" is set. If you do not want to accept third-party cookies, select the box labeled "Block all third-party cookies without exception."
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    Click "Manage exceptions" and then add a new exception pattern. Enter the site for which you want to create an exception and adjust the menu settings to specify whether you want to allow cookies from the site. Repeat this step for each site for which you want to create an exception.
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    Close Google Chrome.

Tips

  • Google Chrome does not have a method for disabling JavaScript.
  • In Firefox, allowing cookies is the default setting.
  • A script is a set of instructions that may be written in one of several computer programming languages. JavaScript is a script written in the Java programming language and can be used to create and retrieve cookies.
  • Additional types of cookies include zombie cookies and super cookies, which are also called Flash cookies. Zombie cookies are cookies that are recreated after they have been deleted because they are stored in a location on your computer other than the area that is dedicated to cookies. Zombie cookies may be installed even if you have opted not to allow cookies and are very difficult to remove. To remove zombie cookies, clear cookies from your computer, clear your cache and clear your browsing history. Super cookies, or Flash cookies, are cookies that use Adobe's Flash technology. Like zombie cookies, Flash cookies are not prevented by disallowing cookies. Flash cookies are even more difficult to delete than zombie cookies.
  • Cookies may also be either first party or third party. First-party cookies are cookies from the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies are cookies from advertisements that may be located on the website you are viewing. Third-party cookies are used to track users across several sites, allowing them to target advertisements toward user preferences. Allowing third-party cookies is the default setting for most web browsers.
  • Cookies may be encrypted, which protects the information they contain.
  • Cookies may be temporary or persistent. Temporary cookies are deleted when you close your Internet Explorer browser. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until they are deleted.

Warnings

  • If you block cookies entirely, some websites may not display correctly.
  • Some cookies track sites you visit and may put your privacy at risk.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access


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Categories: Internet Browsers