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IE cookie files vs developer toolbar cookie viewer

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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm wondering if someone can explain the following...

I cleared all ie cache & cookies (using ie7). I went to a page on our site that sets a series of cookies. I goto view the cookies for the domain via the IE Developer Toolbar, and it shows the info for all 13 cookies. However, if I goto my Temp Internet Files folder and open the cookie text files there, I only see data for 5 of those cookies. I checked in Firefox via the Web Developer Toolbar and saw all 13 cookies there. Where could the missing IE cookie files be?
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Top Expert 2013

nzinsli--Just guessing.  IE Developer Toolbar maybe storing all cookies that you can use, but you may not be using them.   What you see in TIF are the cookies that are in fact installed are are in use.  As you know deleting cookies in IE can be selective--not all will be deleted.


Thats a good thought, but not sure its true. I have a main site cookie that is a key/value pair, and the new one that is a regular one value cookie. Same domain, same path, etc. The key/value cookie appears in my TIF, but the regular cookie doesnt. They are both created with virtually the same vb.net code, so this is why I'm having a hard time understanding why it doesnt appear in the cookie file.
Top Expert 2013

nzinsli--I cannot offer anything concrete, but Cookies are stored in at least three different places using Win7
They are
C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files  and
C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
Cookies in the last are Hidden and you must unhide (in Explorer|Folder Options View| Hide Protected operating system files) to see them.  
I have seen reference that those in the first location are "Mirror images" (not real) of Cookies in the last two.  
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Top Expert 2013

nzinsli--Thanks for telling us the solution.  Unusual.


the solution I found was not as a result of the expert's answers.
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