How do I selectively clear cookies?

I've been told to "clear cookies and cache" but I don't want to lose all my saved sign-in info from other websites. How can I delete cookies from problem websites only?


Are you getting strange errors -- or are unable to connect -- from a Library website? A good first step is to clear your browser cache and cookies. (Instructions for Chrome, Firefox, EdgeSafari.)

We strongly encourage to clear ALL your cookies -- select Clear Everything (check ALL the boxes) and All Time when asked about a time range. This gives you the best chance of resolving browser problems. In Electronic Resources & Serials, we generally do a "full clear" every week on our computers, and sometimes more often.

However, clearing all cookies will sign you out of websites, cause your browser to forget your site history, and purge other data that may make browsing marginally more inconvenient. If you don't want to do this, an alternative is to selectively clear cookies, just from the website having issues. 

Lock icon in ChromeTo do a "selective clear" in Google Chrome:

  • Go to the website, then click the "padlock" icon in the URL bar
  • Choose Cookies and Site Data
  • Choose Manage cookies and site data
  • Click the "trash can" icon next to cookies you want to delete. This will probably include all cookies from the same domain.

The process is similar for Firefox and other browsers.


For more information, contact E-Resources and Serials.

  • Last Updated Sep 08, 2023
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  • Answered By John Kimbrough

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