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How to force Firefox to remember a password?

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Firefox help says "When you enter a username and password that you haven't already saved for a website, Firefox will ask if you want to save it. "

But it doesn't always. I want it to remember username/password for a particular website, but Firefox doesn't ask. I have "Ask to save logins and passwords for websites" checked, and the website is not on my saved logons list. Is there a way to force Firefox to remember the username/password for a particular site, perhaps by manually editing the saved logons list (where is it?)? Thanks.

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That login form consists of a few DIV elements with an input element (i.e. no FORM tag with a action). The input elements have an onclick handler (ajaxLogin) to the Enter and Submit action. Maybe that is why it doesn't work.

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Some websites prevent inputs from being saved or autocompleted. If the form element or the input field has the autocomplete attribute set to off, you can't save your credentials.

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I see - that's probably the problem. Thanks for the info.

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Current Firefox releases shouldn't obey autocomplete for quite some time (by default signon.storeWhenAutocompleteOff = true), so it is likely that something else is causing this. It might either be that Firefox has a problem with recognizing the login form or there is some script active that modifies the login form or otherwise transfers form data to other fields.

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OK, again thanks. FWIW, I've tried running Firefox in Safe Mode and still have the problem. Also, I checked and signon.storeWhenAutocompleteOff is set to true.

It's too bad there isn't some way of telling Firefox that the current website is indeed a login form and that you want it to remember username and password for it.

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Can you post a link to a publicly accessible page (i.e. no authentication or signing on required)?

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That login form consists of a few DIV elements with an input element (i.e. no FORM tag with a action). The input elements have an onclick handler (ajaxLogin) to the Enter and Submit action. Maybe that is why it doesn't work.

Modified by cor-el

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Thanks for looking at it. I'll try to forward your description to the webmaster and suggest they make the login more compatible with password savers.

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I've found many forms have this issue. If you're competent with Javascript, you can often go into the Console, locate the `form` element, and `.submit()` it manually, which may give you the prompt you seek. Often the command to run is simply `document.querySelector('form').submit()`.

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In the case of this question there is no form element present. There are only input fields for name and password and a button to submit this data via JavaScript (AJAX).

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Sometimes even wrapping <input> fields in <form> may not help. You can try to remove all JavaScripts from a website using Inspector - <script> tags. It helps in some cases. Good luck.