July 27, 2001, 12:00 AM — Reader Cad D. offers a Win2000/NT/IE tip:
"If your management has a no cookies policy, you already may have
discovered that many Web sites -- especially vendor sites
requiring a login -- require that you allow per-session cookies
during your session. These cookies prevent you from having to
login again whenever you change pages, and they are deleted when
you close your IE session.
Toggling per-session cookies is usually done with the IE Properties
dialog, but I managed to track down the Registry key involved and
produced two REG files that I can double-click while IE is running
to toggle the setting at will. As always, take great care when
amending the Registry though, and be sure to fully backup the
Registry first. Any problems or losses caused by attempting to
implement this solution are entirely your own responsibility.
The following three-line .REG file changes the 'per-session
cookies' value in IE 5.x to 'Disable.' Note the 'Zones\3' part of
the key name below. This line applies the change to the 'Internet
Zone' in IE. Browse the Registry key to determine the correct
number to substitute for other Zones. The keys below 'Zones' each
contain a 'Display Name' value (e.g., 'Trusted Zones'), so it's
easy to work out the correct Zone number.
To create the REG files, run Notepad and enter the following as
shown below. Where you see PRESS ENTER HERE, press Enter. Please
don't type in PRESS ENTER HERE.
PRESS ENTER HERE
Choose File, Save As, name the file, and click Save. Now you can
choose File, New, and create the following companion REG file that
changes the 'per-session cookies' value in IE 5.x to Prompt, which
is my preferred value (if you'd prefer Enable, change the 1 in the
last line to 2).
PRESS ENTER HERE
Place these two .REG files on your desktop and you can double-click
the appropriate file as you enter and leave 'cookies required'
sites. This is faster, easier, and less error-prone than the IE
Thanks for the tip, Cad.