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View Hidden Passwords Behind Asterisks in Chrome and Firefox

If you forget your site password, rather than going through the reset password hassle here’s how to show hidden passwords with a simple HTML browser tip.

Almost all browsers hide the password field with asterisks for security purposes. Having your browser save them saves you the hassle of remembering them all. But if your password wasn’t saved for some reason, and you have a complex passcode, it’s nice to be able to see what’s behind the curtain.

See Passwords Behind Asterisk in Google Chrome

Open any website where you have your password saved, right click on the password field and go to Inspect Element.

When the HTML Editor opens, look for input type = “password” field and change “password” to “text” and press Enter to save.

An easy way to find that line of code is hit Ctrl + F  and type: password in the search field and arrow to it.

There you have it!

Show Passwords in Firefox

The process is virtually the same. Right-click the password field and click Inspect Element.

Firefox Password 1

A gray bar will appear with the password field highlighted. Press Alt+M or click on the icon shown below to open the Markup Panel.

Firefox Password 2

It will show you the code for the password field. Just look at the highlighted line and change type=”password” to “text.”

Firefox Password 3

Do remember to change the type back to password, especially if you have multiple users on your computer.


16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. disqus_OYlLN8LWUw  

    This may be handy to know. However Firefox will tell you the passwords under the options menu.
    It would be worth noting that in IE 9 this is also possible using the developer tools that are now built into IE.

  2. Kristi Richardson  

    Doesn’t this make you more vulnerble to hacks? Can’t anyone then find out your password? I am not tech savvy, so maybe I am missing something here.

    • Heather Mock  

      someone who has access to your computer, yes.

  3. rahul  

    How to display astrisk in password character in HTML

  4. sae  

    thanks broo

  5. gentleman  

    really great sir… I attempted and my password was revealed in crome browser.
    thanks a lot for your guidance.

  6. norman  

    tnx sir big help for me

  7. Linda francis  

    Need new password but cant send to emails as can’t acseses email to get new password sent to emsi

  8. Puneet Anderson  

    Thank you very much Sir.This is really helpful.

  9. Joel  

    very helpful…. thanks… i cant really recall the dot dot dot password

  10. AJAY  

    what if their right click is disabled? then how to see password

    • Private  

      Find the keyboard shortcut. I don’t know it, but the web does.

    • boboo  

      F12

  11. dan  

    Is there a similar trick for Edge?
    Dan

  12. Keerthan  

    If the device is Tab then how can we do these above operations?? is this possible in touchscreen devices?? If yes give the solution to me please.

    • From what I know there is no element view in any Android or tablet-based browser.

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