How to View Password or Password (Asteris) in the Browser – We all know that the passwords or passwords that we type in the browser will be hidden in the form of asterisks or we often see them as asterisks (or dots) to prevent other people around us from seeing or stealing them. However, sometimes you may want to see the password behind an asterisk.
This occurs when you may be entering a long or complex password and you may want to make sure the password was typed correctly. Also, if you use a password manager tool to fill in passwords automatically, you may have forgotten your own password.
Regardless of your reasons for seeing passwords hidden behind these asterisks, here I will show you 3 easy ways to see hidden passwords in various popular web browser.
Method 1: Use Inspect Element
The browser has an Inspect Element feature which allows users to view and temporarily edit the HTML and CSS code of all web pages. By editing the code on a web page in a browser using Inspect Element, you will be able to see your password field on that page. This method can be very useful when you may need to view a password. The method is quite easy:
1. Right-click on the password field and select Inspect element from the menu.
2. A new window will open with two lines of code selected.
3. Here double click on type = “password” and replace it with text. So it looks like this now type = “text”.
4. Press Enter and close your Inspect element window and your password will now be visible.
As I mentioned above that the inspect element can only be used for temporary editing, so the changes you make can only be preserved until the web page is refreshed. Therefore, please refresh your web page again if you want your password to be hidden again.
To be successful, make sure that the password has been typed into the column on the web page. After that, copy paste the code below in the browser address bar.
When you press Enter, all keywords on the page will be displayed in a pop-up window. Although the window does not allow you to copy the keywords listed.
Method 3: Use a third party browser extension
If you want a button to quickly view hidden passwords, then a browser extension can help. However, I do not recommend this way for you to use a special extension if you use your computer in a public place or is borrowed by someone else. Because basically the password is hidden for security purposes and leaving the password open is a big threat to the security of your account.
You should use the extensions below only if you really need them and as a consequence you understand the security risks. If not, then stick to the two methods above.
Chrome users can use the ShowPassword extension to view passwords on demand. The extension offers 3 ways to reveal the password. You can hover your mouse cursor over the password, double-click it, or press the Ctrl key to display all of the passwords.
Show / Hide P.asswords (Firefox)
Most of the keywords reveal the extension doesn’t work with Firefox Quantum, but this one doesn’t. The extension adds a link right next to the password field which you can click to reveal or hide the password.
Show My Password (Opera)
A very simple extension for Opera users. All you need to do is click the extension button and then select Show all my Passwords options to see all keywords on the form.
You can make the three ways above as a way to view keywords or passwords depending on your needs. It’s also good to know that most password manager apps (including the built-in browser) have a button to reveal saved passwords.
Just access the main interface of the manager and you should find a button to display the password. This can be useful if you need to memorize a saved password or give it to someone.
And that’s 3 ways that I can share for those of you who want to see passwords hidden in stars or dots in your browser. Hopefully this article is useful and good luck. 🙂