Jun 14

Have you ever tried to find your Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) cookies or temporary files on disk using Windows Explorer?  Chances are Explorer is configured to hide system files, which is how Microsoft has designated the folder that contains its IE7 files.

To find IE7 cookies and temporary files from Windows Explorer:

  1. Click Start, then select My Computer.  An Explorer window opens.
  2. Type this path in the Explorer address bar:
    “C:Documents and SettingsUserNameLocal SettingsTemporary Internet Files”, replacing the UserName with your user’s name.

Or you can view the files from Internet Explorer 7:

  1. In IE7, click the Tools button, then select Internet Options from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the General tab, in the Browsing History section, click the Settings button.  The “Temporary Internet Files” dialog appears.
  3. Click the View Files button.  Explorer will open, showing you the IE7 cookies and temporary files.
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Article published on June 14, 2007

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21 Responses to “Internet Explorer 7 Cookies and Temporary Files”

  1. Chris Says:

    What about the history of last visited files? In IE6 you could also browse them

  2. Timm Says:

    Re: What about the history of last visited files? In IE6 you could also browse them

    Yes, you can view them directly in Explorer. Typically the IE7 history files are stored at:

    C:Documents and SettingsUserNameLocal SettingsHistory

    Note that you have to set Explorer to show hidden operating system files. To do this in Explorer:

    1. Click the “Tools > Folder Options” menu.
    2. Click the “View” tab.
    3. Scroll down to find “Hide Protected Operating System Files”. Uncheck it.
    4. Click “OK”.

  3. internet explorer 7 files Says:

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  4. web hosting Says:

    It is easier to just delete them using your browser tool bar. I would not bother looking for them using Windows explorer.

  5. ab Says:

    Just because something like going through IE is easier for a bonehead end user doesn’t mean there are not logical reasons for wanting to know where in the filesystem this can be done. Automating this via a link on the desktop is even easier than sending somebody through the mess known as IE’s Internet Options but would require the person writing a script (to delete the cache/cookies) to know where those are.

  6. Jones Says:

    ab – you’re an idiot.

  7. Roger Says:

    I like options.
    And I belive that ab is right.
    My IE’s Internet Options are a mess indeed.
    When I click
    Tools -> Internet Option
    I get a brief flicker on the screen an nothing happens.


  8. Stefung Kung Says:

    When i do

    C:Documents and SettingsUserNameLocal SettingsTemporary Internet Files

    It says acces denied what should i do?

  9. timm Says:

    If you are on Windows Vista, the location is different:

    “C:UsersUserNameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files”

    Of course, remember to replace “UserName” with your user name. It’s probably best to open Explorer and start navigating at C:

  10. Sheri Says:

    Article says “In IE7, click the Tools button, then select Internet Options from the drop-down menu.
    In the General tab, in the Browsing History section, click the Settings button. The “Temporary Internet Files” dialog appears.
    Click the View Files button. Explorer will open, showing you the IE7 cookies and temporary files.”

    This may apply to previous versions of Windows but it does NOT apply to Vista. Due to Vista’s Mandatory Integrity Control, which creates Low Privilege, virtual folders the Cookie folder in Vista is now located at:

    C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsCookies C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsCookiesLow

    And as Microsoft do not think you should have access to these files, you will need to manually change your folder options to Show Hidden Files and Folders before you can see them! You may also have to uncheck Hide Protected operating system files.

    Furthermore, in Vista you cannot see these files by opening Internet Options and clicking Settings > View files because even though cookies are no longer stored there IE still opens the old location: C:UsersShereenAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files

    I am just about to try “the move folder” option, to see if moving it to its actual location will enable me to see cookies from Internet Options. But apparently, Windows has to “log off” before it can move the folder! So I will post back and let you know the results shortly!

  11. Sheri Says:

    Well, opening Internet Options and clicking Settings and moving the folder to:


    was not the perfect solution because when I clicked view files, it opened Windows Explorer at:

    C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsCookiesLowTemporary Internet Files

    BUT it did make viewing and editing my cookies a great deal simpler because from there, it was just a matter of clicking the folder above (ie Low) and I could see all my cookies – and delete any I didn’t want!

    So basically, the exercise was a success!

  12. Prakash Says:

    thanx for dis post:).. it worked for me:)

  13. Base Says:

    Just wanted to confirm with Jones that “ab” is an idiot.

  14. PuterSpy Says:

    I wanted an automated way of finding and deleting certain temporary internet files, so I can do it periodically. So, I wrote the following script in biterscripting that will delete selected temporary internet files.

    # DeleteTIF.txt
    # TIF=Temporary Internet Files
    # Deletes all TIF containing the search term.
    var str searchterm

    var str dir
    set $dir=”C:UsersUserNameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files”
    var str list
    lf -r -n -g “*” $dir > $list
    while ($list “”)
    var str file
    lex “1” $list > $file
    var str content
    cat $file > $content
    if ( { sen (“^”+$searchterm+”^”) $content } > 0 )
    system del (“””+$file+”””) 2>> “C:/DeleteTIF.err.txt”
    echo “Deleted file ” $file >> “C:/DeleteTIF.out.txt”

    Copy and paste the above script in file C:/Scripts/DeleteTIF.txt, start biterscripting ( http://www.biterscripting.com ), enter the following command.

    script “C:/Scripts/DeleteTIF.txt” searchterm(“ad_client”)

    It will delete all TIF that contain the word ad_client (used by search engines to track a user’s internet activity). Then, I put the following command in my task scheduler.

    “C:biterScriptingbiterScripting.exe” “C:/Scripts/DeleteTIF.txt” searchterm(“ad_client”)

    That ensured that the selected TIF are deleted every day.

    That did it for me.

    You can try it – just make sure you use correct path to your TIF in place of “C:UsersUserNameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files” in the script – use double quotes around that path.

  15. MU Says:

    I want to know that if after I delete cookies and files from my PC internet explorer. Can the adminstrator check from main server that on which websites i went and what i have downloaded in details. i mean server is saving data after deletion.

  16. timm Says:

    @MU: Deleting cookies and browser history on your PC has no effect on server logs. If you browse the web through a network, the administrator has easy access to the websites you visit and the files you download.

  17. Bhavik Says:

    Ha ha

  18. strafer Says:

    Anyone who calls anyone an idiot is an idiot

  19. Bonnie Welch Says:

    How to enable cookies?

    Thank you

  20. idiot Says:

    @strafer: So following your own rule, you’re an idiot 😉

  21. strafer Says:

    @idiot: There is surely a witty response to that. Consider it said.

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