2 October 2018

I use Firefox as my main browser, which is why I wrote the earlier article Remove individual cookies in Firefox (yes, it changed again).

I also use Chrome as a secondary browser since I have 2 screens and too many tabs for one browser!

Recently, I had to do some testing for a web app. I needed to delete a cookie in Chrome…

Well, whattaya know?!

Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome makes it very easy to remove individual cookies. Plus, you can even block cookies for an entire domain!

Cookies-n-Chrome

While Mozilla seems to be moving Firefox towards making it impossible to futz with cookies, Chrome seems to be making it easier.

I nearly passed out.

The fact is, even normal users need to delete a site’s cookies under normal circumstances. When a site won’t load, the first thing everyone says to do is clear your cache and clear your cookies.

Well, I don’t want to delete ALL my cookies for ALL web sites if only 1 site is not working! Then I’ll have to log in everywhere again.

So, Chrome really does get this right.

Remove an individual cookie

So, first thing is to load the web site whose cookie(s) you want to remove.

If the site won’t load, don’t worry. Just try to load it, and then do this:


First, you click the padlock / Information symbol to the left of the URL in the address bar.

In the popup window that appears, click Cookies.

Then you’ll see this lovely window:


To remove an individual cookie, you need to select the domain for the cookie (like amazon-adsystem.com in this example).

Click the Cookies folder to see the individual cookies present.

Then, select the cookie you want to delete, and click the Remove button. DONE!

Note that when you click each cookie, its full info is displayed at the bottom of the window.

Block cookies for a whole domain

Well, okay, but what if I want to stop Amazon’s ad system from setting any cookies in the future?

Easy!


Instead of selecting an individual cookie, click the domain: amazon-adsystem.com.

When you select a domain name, the Block button is enabled.

So, click Block. DONE!

No more amazon-adsystem.com cookies.

Wasn’t that easy?

It sure was.

If you’re wondering when you might actually need to do this, see: Add to Cart doesn’t work on Amazon… Help!

I’m actually amazed that Google of all companies makes this so easy to do.

It’s true that you can delete cookies for a site in Firefox. Thing is, Chrome puts all the functionality in one convenient location… including the ability to remove only 1 cookie, block all cookies, and view the contents of all cookies.

Mozilla seems to think that cookies are sacred objects that the end user should not be able to view or delete without an add-on. Given how cookies actually work, that doesn’t make anyone safer – or any site more reliable.

It seems Mozilla still needs to learn a thing or two from the Alphabet (Soup) Company Agency… 😉

How to Remove or Block Cookies in Chrome
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