Google Chrome: delete individual cookies without opening the cookies manager

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If you want to remove individual cookies set by websites that you have visited in Chrome, you either have to use the program's own cookies manager which you can access directly by opening chrome://settings/cookies in the web browser, or a browser extension that lets you do so.

Not many know that it is also possible to use Chrome's Developer Tools to clear cookies. Use the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-I to open them while you are on the site that you want to delete cookies from.

Switch to resources when the Developer Tools opens, and there to Cookies. A right-click on any domain name displays the clear option which will delete all cookies set by that domain.

Alternatively, left-click on the domain to see all cookies set by it. Here you can delete individual cookies by selecting them and tapping on the Delete key, or right-clicking them and selecting delete from the context menu.

A recent change that is already available in Chromium and Google Chrome Canary adds another option to the web browser that should make things easier for users.

Instead of having to open the cookies settings, you can click on the icon in front of the web address to open the permissions and cookies & site data view here.

The menu displays how many cookies have been set by the domain and other domains, as well as all site permissions.

A click on show cookies and site data opens a new overlay menu displaying all allowed and blocked cookies set by the domain and other domains.

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Cookies are sorted by domain, which means that you need to click on the domain first and then on cookies to display which have been saved by it to your local system.

Chrome displays all kinds of information about the selected cookie, such as its name and content, originating domain, when it was created, and when it is going to expire.

You can then select a cookie and choose to block or remove it from the web browser.

Here it is also possible to unblock cookies that you have blocked before in Google Chrome.

The new option may make the option to delete or block cookies in Google Chrome more accessible. This is for instance the case if you have not installed an extension that lets you manage cookies, and if you have not used the Developer Tools option for that either.

As always, the feature is going to be rolled out to other versions of Chrome gradually. It may take weeks or even months before it becomes available in Chrome Beta or Stable.

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Responses to Google Chrome: delete individual cookies without opening the cookies manager

  1. Sukhen January 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    For Facebook and banking/Credit Card transactions, just curious if Incognito mode also helps.

    • Martin Brinkmann January 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      In regards to what exactly?

      • Sukhen January 10, 2014 at 5:55 am #

        Removing cookies and other objects brought in by the site we visit at incognito mode

      • Martin Brinkmann January 10, 2014 at 8:19 am #

        This usually improves your privacy, but not your security on the Internet.

  2. Dwight Stegall January 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    I have gotten rid of 99% of Adware Tracking Cookies by only allowing cookies from sites where I have login accounts. Scanning for them wears out your drives. If you let them pile up they will slow down your computer. Some sites use cookies for interactive page elements. You'll need to also allow them and the site settings cookies. Also use the Disconnect extension. Firefox users also use Better Privacy extension.

    At Facebook you'll need to allow these 4 cookies. Firefox makes this easier than the rest. then Chrome, then IE.

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