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Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and 6.x

  • Select Tools, Internet Options and click on the 'Privacy' tab.
  • Ensure that your Privacy level is set to Medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser.

Per-Site Privacy Actions IE 6.0

You also have the option to define cookie management practices on a per-site basis. This overrides your default privacy preferences set with the slider for any sites that you add to the Per Site Privacy Actions dialog box, unless you move the slider to Accept All Cookies or Block All Cookies (in which case per-site privacy actions are ignored).

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0

  • Select Tools, Internet Options and click on the 'Security' tab.
  • The default selection, 'Medium', supports cookies but you can click on the 'Custom Level' button to check. Scroll down until you see the word 'Cookies' and verify that the button next to 'Enable' is selected in both options.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0
On a PC:

  • Select View, Internet Options and click on the 'Advanced' tab.
  • Scroll down until you see the word `Cookies` and check that the circle next to 'Always accept cookies' is selected.

On a Macintosh:
  • Select Edit, then Preferences.
  • Scroll down until you see 'Cookies' under Receiving Files. Make sure that 'Never Ask' is selected.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0

  • Select View, then Options and click on the 'Advanced' tab
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Netscape Communicator 4.0

  • Select Edit, then Preferences and click on the 'Advanced' option.
  • Select the radio button net to 'Accept all cookies' and click 'OK'.

Netscape Navigator 3.0

  • Open 'Network Preferences' under Options
  • Click on the 'Protocols' tab and ensure that the box next to 'Accepting a Cookie' is unchecked.

All other browsers

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Sites are telling me I need to turn on cookies, but they are on. What's wrong?

There are two likely possibilities for problems like this.

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