Sep 27

Because cookies—particularly the ones you intentionally allow your system to accept— are more likely to be beneficial than harmful, it’s smart to back them up from time to time. Internet Explorer’s Import/Export Wizard lets you do just that. Tap the Alt key to make the menu bar visible, and then click Import And Export on the File menu. Follow the wizard’s steps to export your cookies. The wizard creates a single text file, stored by default in your Documents folder.

The command to export cookies was included in Internet Explorer to provide users with a way to transfer their cookies to the format used by Netscape browsers. But it works just as well as a backup tool. If you ever need to restore your cookies, run the Import/ Export Wizard again, and point the wizard to the file you exported earlier.