Enable Cookies in Opera

This guide will step you through the process of configuring Cookies in the Opera web browser.

The first few steps are a little different depending on whether you're using Apple OS X or Microsoft Windows, but the principle is the same: open the Settings screen, find the Cookies settings and select your preferences.

  1. Open the Settings/Preferences window

    On OS X

    Click the "Opera" menu at the top of the screen.

    Screenshot showing the Opera menu item

    Click the "Preferences" menu item

    Screenshot showing the expanded Opera menu

  2. Search for the Cookies settings

    Click in to the "Search settings" box and type in "cookies" (it's not case sensitive). As you type in "Cookies" you will see Opera start to change what's shown on the settings page.

    Screenshot showing the Preferences search box

    Type cookies into the search box

    Once you have typed in "cookies", you will see the Clear Browsing Data button with a yellow tooltip; but you don't want this bit... so scroll down to the actual Cookies preferences section .

  3. Choose your preferred Cookies settings

    You can now change your Cookies setting to what you prefer.

    Screenshot showing the different Cookies settings.

    Typically (especially if you are already following this guide!) you want to enable cookies in Opera by selecting the first option - "Allow local data to be set (recommended)". This will allow websites to store cookies (and other data!) on your computer for as long as the websites want to.

    You can also choose "Keep local data only until I quit my browser". This will cause normal cookie functionality to work, but nothing will be kept after you close your browser.

    Finally, you can choose "Block sites from setting data". This will cause cookies to be blocked altogether.

    There is also a checkbox to control whether or not third-party websites are allowed to set cookies on your computer. Enabling this can help prevent advertisers from tracking your behaviour across websites.

    Once you have selected your Cookie preferences, you can simply close this browser tab.

  4. You have configured your Cookies settings

    Congratulations, you just configured Cookies in Opera. Click here to check if Cookies are enabled.

Looking for guides to enable Cookies in other web browsers?

Here are some guides for other web browsers like Chrome or Firefox.

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