Why doesn’t firefox prompt to remember yahoo password

I have observed that firefox does not prompt to remember password for yahoo mail. Then after searching for it over net, I found that we can restrict browsers from prompting to remember passwords. In HTML <form> elelement, we can use autocomplete=”off” to restrict browsers from prompting. Yahoo mail uses form element like this <form method=“post” action=https://login.yahoo.com/config/login?&#8221; autocomplete=“off” name=“login_form”>.

In this webpage, I have found a bookmarklet which will remove autocomplete=”off” parameter in form element. So, when we click login, browser submits the login/password to server and prompts the password remember dialog [because, now form element does not have autocomplete="off" parameter]. Once the browser remembers password info, from next time on, it does not check for autocomplete parameter in form element.

How to execute: open firefox and enter mail.yahoo.com. Once the page is loaded, copy the bookmarklet and paste it in the address bar and execute. It says it has removed autocomplete parameter from the form. Then, enter your login/password info and press enter. Then, firefox “remember password dialog” appears.

You can copy the bookmarklet from the above mentioned webpage or I have copy/pasted the same bookmarklet here.

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13 Comments

  1. Kunal said,

    September 29, 2006 at 6:16 am

    thanks for the bookmarklet :)

  2. Imran said,

    November 28, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    Nice site ra doopeeee! Had heard about it but now i have seen it. Going by all the content, i think there is not much work pressure on u at CA ;). Anyways, as usual, a small doubt. How come that javascript is turning the form tag off? Is it not writing it to the yahoo’s server? How is it being done locally?
    If this is possible, why just remove autocomplete=”off” tag? We can as well remove the whole html page then… (Ya, i do think destructively!) :)
    So, what else, didnt have time to type a mail, this is more efficient i guess :)

  3. DaQ said,

    February 11, 2007 at 5:32 am

    Thanks man, this was really helpful.
    Just want to mention,
    Web developper plugin for firefox will allow you to modify html of any page. After that, just remove the autocomplete=”off” and apply. Works like magic, finally I don’t have to retype my bank password on my home computer every time.

  4. Big Game said,

    February 27, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    This is fantastic! For those non-HTMLrs or those who don’t have the developer’s kit, this is very easy! Thanks for the suggestion!

    BIG GAME

  5. Nima said,

    June 8, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Very very useful. God bless you for the help

  6. Brian said,

    May 20, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Thanks so much, it was quite annoying without it remembering my password!

  7. Freddy F said,

    June 1, 2008 at 11:00 am

    That’s genius. Nice work!

  8. Mark said,

    July 20, 2008 at 7:20 am

    This doesn’t seem to work with Firefox 3.0
    Is is possible to tweak it so that it will?

  9. Petr said,

    August 18, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    If you are using or are planning to use Web Developer Plugin for Firefox ( http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/ ) the same solution is in menu “Forms > Enable autocompletion”. Works in FF3 too.

  10. PJ said,

    November 20, 2008 at 3:23 am

    I found a fix that actually worked! Head here: http://www.optimiced.com/en/2008/08/13/make-firefox-remember-all-passwords/#comment-1671

    It’s a 5 step process that works like a charm! Now I’m prompted when I enter a password now!

  11. Finn said,

    February 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I am happy I found your blog on yahoo. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my brother were just preparing to do some research about this. I am very happy to see such great information being shared freely out there.
    Best wishes,
    Francisco from Cincinnati city

  12. October 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for this bit of info! The bookmarklet worked perfectly to save my password for logging into my bank’s website. Just the info I needed!

  13. Ishaq Ahmed said,

    April 18, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I want to know how to get the bookmarklet of any particular website.?

    I have the same type of issues with Firefox in the office and i want the browser to prompt me to save the user names and passwords. And it is not doing that.


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