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Firefox (Mac) - Managing Cookies

Access to some web sites, including web sites in the UW network, requires cookies. This document explains how to manage cookies in Firefox on Mac-based computers to meet your preferences. For general information on cookies, please see our document: Web Browsers - Cookies FAQ.

Privacy Settings

Cookie preferences in Firefox can be customized by following these steps:

  1. From the menu bar click on Firefox | Preferences and then Privacy on the left-hand side.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Use custom settings for history.

Privacy menu

Cookie preferences options include:

Accept cookies from sites
If selected, Firefox will accept cookies from sites. We recommend that you have this option checked, as many UW websites use cookies.

Accept third-party cookies
If selected, Firefox will accept cookies from when you are visiting

Keep until:
This drop-down menu sets how long cookies are stored on your computer.
  • Until they expire: This option keeps cookies until the timer set on the cookie is expired. This allows you to close Firefox and come back to the same site later without downloading a new cookie, provided the cookie has not exired.
  • Until I close Firefox: This option deletes cookies when you close Firefox. If you open Firefox and go back to the same site you were just at, you will need to download a new cookie.
  • Ask me every time: This option will allow you to choose which cookies will be saved and which ones will be deleted upon downloading the cookie.

Allows you to add exceptions to the rules you setup. You can add website and domains that you always accept cookies from or that you always block.

Show Cookies
Allows you to view a list of all active cookies associated with Firefox. You can remove individual cookies from the list by highlighting it and clicking Remove Cookie. To delete all cookies, press Remove All Cookies.

Press Remove all cookies.

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OwnerJeff W.GroupDoIT Help Desk
Created2005-09-12 19:00:00Updated2023-01-25 15:43:26
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