Where are my Chrome cookies?!

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Shhh. It’s okay. We know where your cookies are. You probably don’t even realize how many cookies you have actually accumulated but you are about to know for sure. To find your cookies in Chrome just takes a few click from your stock browser. You do not need to download a cookie plugin and you do not need to dig around in your hard drive directories. Go get some milk and we will go get your cookies.

Cookies in Chrome live “Under the Hood”. To get there just follow these 6 simple steps;

  1. Open your Chrome browser
  2. Click on the little wrench icon in the upper right corner
  3. Click on the “Options” link
  4. On the left menu bar click “Under the Hood”
  5. In the “Privacy” section click on the button labeled “Content settings …”
  6. Click on the button labeled “All cookie and site data …”

There you go. There are your cookies. Now share some with your friends and leave some out for Santa!

You can now delete any or all of the cookies. You can also view the domain which placed them in your browser’s cache and you can view what is inside the cookie. Now I bet you have one from thekencook.com – sorry, I just couldn’t resist sharing one of my cookies with you.

How to turn off Google Chrome autofill

Some of you will say, “but why? That’s such a cool feature!” Okay, if you fill out forms with the exact same information all the time I’ll admit, it’s cool and useful. I run the lead generation division for my company and often transfer leads manually to a separate online database which means all of those fields from address to phone number and more.

The way the auto-fill works makes filling in a complete form a snap. If you only ever complete your own information when you fill in a form this is really time saving. Basically you type the first letter of your name and any matching fields from previously completed forms automatically populates. My wife, for example, loves to complete online surveys (yes, she actually gets paid for doing it, that’s not always a scam) and for her purposes it is beautiful.

What if you, like me, complete forms with several different people’s information? It really becomes a major hassle when do so if you get to the end of the form and you accidentally overwrite the entire form with the wrong information. Trust me, it happens. And it’s frustrating.

Turning off this feature is not as intuitive as I would like for it to be so in an effort to help more of you learn how to do this here are the steps for turning off the auto-complete or auto-fill option in Google Chrome. By default Chrome is installed with this feature activated:

  1. Click on the “wrench” (spanner, tool) in the upper right hand corner of Chrome.
  2. Choose “Options”
  3. Choose the tab labeled “Personal Stuff” (Figure 1)
  4. Click the button labeled “Autofill options”
  5. Untick the check-box at the top with the label “Enable autofill to fill out web forms in a single click” (Figure 2)

Figure 1 - "Personal stuff"

Figure 2 - Untick the check-box