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How-to: Enable Cookies and Javascript

It goes against the grain, it really does; but sometimes, there is no alternative, some websites just insist on Javascript and cookies in order to work properly – sometimes to work at all.

Which is fine, no one forces you to sacrifice your privacy and security any more then they force you to step off the kerb to cross the street. My beef is that the options to do this are all tucked away in different places in different browsers. And don’t get me started on the movable feast of browser versions.

So, as much of a mental note as anything …

Internet Explorer
To enable cookies and JavaScript in Internet Explorer browsers:

  • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options. You see the Internet Options dialog that provides a number of tabs that allow you to set your browser preferences.
  • To enable session cookies, click the Privacy tab.
  • From the Settings section of the tab, click Advanced.
  • Locate and click the check-box next to Always allow session cookies
  • To enable JavaScripting, click the Security tab.
  • Locate the Custom area of the Security tab, and click the Custom Level button.
  • From the Security Settings dialog that opens, scroll through the options until you see Scripting.
  • Check the radio buttons next to Enable Active Scripting and Scripting of Java applets.
  • Click OK to accept scripting and cookie handling changes and close the Security Settings window.
  • From the Internet Options dialog, click Apply to effect settings then OK to close the dialog.

Safari on Macintosh
To enable cookies and JavaScript in Safari browsers on the Macintosh platform:

  • From the Macintosh file menu, select Safari and then Preferences.
  • From the Preferences dialog that opens, select the Security option (padlock icon).
  • Under the Web Content options, click the check-box next to Enable Javascript.
  • Under the Accept Cookies option, check the radio button for Always.
  • Click OK and close the Preferences dialog to apply changes.

Firefox on Windows and Macintosh
To enable cookies and JavaScript in Firefox browsers:

  • From the Tools menu (Windows) or Firefox menu (Macintosh), select Options.
  • From the Options dialog that opens, select the Content option (globe icon).
  • Click the checkbox next to Enable Javascript.
  • Select the Privacy option (padlock icon)
  • Under the Cookies tab, check the Checkbox for Allow sites to set Cookies.
  • Click OK and close the Options dialog to apply changes.


Image credit: star5112 via Flickr, Creative Commons

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


One thought on “How-to: Enable Cookies and Javascript

  1. I spend too much of my time tryin’ to turn the darn things off!

    Posted by jonathon wedgwood | May 25, 2015, 7:41 pm

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