Skip to main content

Clearing Cookies, Selectively

Many Blogger problems that originate from conditions that we, the owners and users of our computers can control, start with clearing private browser data.
Clear cache, cookies, and authenticated sessions - then restart the browser.
There are known problems, though, with thoughtlessly clearing private data. Sometimes, it would be better to clear only the specific data that might be causing the problem - or alternately, logout then login, to correct some problems.

It is possible to take a more detailed approach to clearing cookies, in many browsers. Here you should remember the various domains used by Blogger / Google, and consider possible problems caused by incorrectly removing some cookies, but not all.

In Chrome, Options - "Under The Hood" - Privacy provides the "Content Settings" wizard. The "All cookies and site data" wizard provides an inventory of which sites have stored private data. To remove cookies for a given site, highlight that site, then hit the "X" at the right.

In Firefox, the Tools - Options - Privacy wizard has a link to "remove individual cookies". To remove cookies for a given site, highlight that site, then hit the "Remove Cookies" button.

In Internet Explorer, the Internet Properties - "Browsing history", "Settings" gives you the "Temporary Internet Files and History Settings" wizard. Hitting the "View files" button opens another instance of Windows Explorer, positioned in "Temporary Internet Files". To remove cookies for a given site, simply locate and delete the specific files.

In Safari, the Preferences - Security wizard has a "Show Cookies" button. To remove cookies for a given site, highlight that site, then hit the "Remove" button.

In Opera, the Tools - Preferences - Advanced wizard has a Cookies menu. The "Manage Cookies" button provides the "Cookie Manager" wizard. To remove cookies for a given site, highlight that site, then hit the Delete button.

Selective removal of cookies will let you correct layered security problems that involve Blogger / Google, but possibly allow you to continue using other applications and sites without interruption. Just be careful, and remove exactly what needs to be removed - no more, and no less. And, as always, remember to restart the browser after removing cache and cookies.


Delirium Tiger said…
And can that help on missing followers bug i had yesterday?
Nitecruzr said…

Clearing cookies is more likely to help with the various login problems being reported, right now.

You should try clearing cache, cookies, and sessions, then restarting the browser, to see if that resolves the Followers problem on your computer. You can use this guide, to selectively clear cookies, when you do that.

If your Following problem is still active after that, you're going to want to check the cookie / script filtering, on your computer.

Popular posts from this blog

Adding A Link To Your Blog Post

Occasionally, you see a very odd, cryptic complaint I just added a link in my blog, but the link vanished! No, it wasn't your imagination.

What's The URL Of My Blog?

We see the plea for help, periodically I need the URL of my blog, so I can give it to my friends. Help! Who's buried in Grant's Tomb, after all? No Chuck, be polite. OK, OK. The title of this blog is "The Real Blogger Status", and the title of this post is "What's The URL Of My Blog?".

Embedded Comments And Main Page View

The option to display comments, embedded below the post, was made a blog option relatively recently. This was a long requested feature - and many bloggers added it to their blogs, as soon as the option was presented to us. Some blog owners like this feature so much, that they request it to be visible when the blog is opened, in main page view. I would like all comments, and the comment form, to be shown underneath the relevant post, automatically, for everyone to read without clicking on the number of comments link. And this is not how embedded comments work.