Saving Passwords in Internet Explorer 7 with AutoComplete

AutoComplete in IE7If you are the only person who uses your computer, or if you have your own account on a computer, then using the AutoComplete feature of Internet Explorer 7 can be a real time saver when it comes to filling in forms and user ID/password fields.

I don’t know if this has happened to you, but it has happened to me – on several computers. At first, the browser will ask me if I want Windows to store an ID/Password and I say yes. But later, either I change the password, and it doesn’t ask me if I want to overwrite the old one, or I set up a completely new ID and password somewhere, and it doesn’t ask me if I want to store it at all.  What happened to that convenient little saver feature?

Well, how my IE settings get changed without my changing them is a mystery to me, but I do know how to turn AutoComplete back on.

Internet Explorer uses AutoComplete to store passwords and other information that you type into web form fields. By storing this information, Internet Explorer can automatically fill in form fields if you begin to type the same information later.

AutoComplete is turned on by default. If AutoComplete has been turned off, follow the steps below to turn it on again.

To turn on AutoComplete

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on the Tools menu, and then on Internet Options
  3. Click on the Content tab
  4. Under AutoComplete, click on Settings
  5. Check the boxes for Web addresses, Forms, User names and passwords on forms, and Prompt me to save passwords
  6. Click your way out by clicking OK twice

You’ll need to close your browser and reopen it for the new settings to be applied. And then you’re good-to-go!

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    Cool. I was thrilled to find a solution to the issue that showed up on my computer beginning about a week ago. Thank you.

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