Clearing Cookies And Deleting Files In Internet Explorer

Understanding Cookies (update)
A cookie is a file created by an Internet site to store information on your computer, such as your preferences when visiting that site. For example, if you inquire about a flight schedule at an airline's Web site, the site might create a cookie that contains your itinerary. Or it might only contain a record of the pages you looked at within the site you visited, to help the site customize the view for you the next time you visit.
Cookies can also store personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information is information that can be used to identify or contact you, such as your name, e-mail address, home or work address, or telephone number. However, a Web site only has access to the personally identifiable information that you provide. For example, a Web site cannot determine your e-mail name unless you provide it. Also, a Web site cannot gain access to other information on your computer. Once a cookie is saved on your computer, only the Web site that created the cookie can read it.
Your Choices in Working With Cookies
Internet Explorer allows the use of cookies; however, you can change your privacy settings to specify that Internet Explorer prompt you before placing a cookie on your computer (this enables you to allow or block the cookie); or you can prevent Internet Explorer from accepting any cookies.
You can use the Internet Explorer privacy settings to specify how you want Internet Explorer to handle cookies from individual Web sites or all Web sites. You can also customize your privacy settings by importing a file containing custom privacy settings, or by specifying custom privacy settings for all Web sites or individual Web sites.
Why Delete Cookies and Temporary Internet Files?
PeopleSoft screens will become increasingly sluggish if a large number of cookies and temporary files are on your PC. Please delete the cookies and temporary files in Internet Explorer before contacting ITS if PeopleSoft should become unresponsive.
Deleting Cookies
You may delete individual cookies or all cookies. To delete individual cookies:
1. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
2. On the General tab, click Settings, and then click View files.
3. Select the cookie you want to delete, and then, on the File menu, click Delete.

To delete all cookies:
1. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
2. To delete all of the cookies on your computer, click Delete Cookies on the General tab.
NOTE: Some Web sites store your member name and password or other personally identifiable information about you in a cookie; therefore, if you delete a cookie, you may need to re-enter this information the next time you visit the site.
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Temporary Internet Files
The Temporary Internet Files folder is the location on your hard disk where Web pages and files (such as graphics) are stored as you view them. This speeds up the display of pages you frequently visit or have already seen, because Internet Explorer can open them from your hard disk instead of from the Web.
Increasing the space you set for this folder can increase how fast previously visited pages are displayed, but decreases the amount of space available for other files on your computer. You can set the size of this folder, or empty it, to control how much space it uses on your hard disk.
Internet files are also stored on your computer when you make Web pages available for offline browsing. You can view these files without being connected to the Internet.
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Deleting Temporary Internet Files
To delete the temporary files on your system:
1. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
2. To delete all of the cookies on your computer, click Delete Fiels on the General tab. Confirm the deletion in the dialog box that appears by clicking "OK".
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