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Can an account login name and password be manually added?


Using Yahoo email, Firefox no longer seems to ask when a password is changed and a new one is typed in. Even when adding a new Yahoo email account, Firefox does not ask to save the login name and password. The other sites still ask to save password and login names, so this must be a change specific to Yahoo. (I am using Firefox Version 23; This situation is also the same with Internet Explorer Version 10.0.920.16635)

I followed the instructions on Firefox to troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues. This did not solve this issue. Again, I believe this is a change with the Yahoo tech screwing things up again.

Considering the above, can I manually add a login name and password to Firefox? Or perhaps there is a Firefox add-on that will allow this?

If not, can this option be considered for future Firefox updates? Thank you.

Chosen solution

Hi HCM911, if you create a master password (and log out when you're done) then your passwords can't be viewed by others without knowing your master password. More info on this option:

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For quite some time now, Yahoo has designed its login form to resist automatic filling.

In another thread, I read about an add-on to edit an existing saved password, but I haven't tried it myself: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/saved-password-editor/

Does that let you fix it? If not, that thread has much, much more discussion to peruse: Saved username and passwords no longer works on Yahoo Mail

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The Yahoo website is using autocomplete=off to prevent Firefox from saving and filling the name and password.

You can remove autocomplete=off with a bookmarklet to make Firefox save names and passwords and other form data.

Question owner

The bookmarklet solution does not seem to work for Yahoo, I've tried it several times.

I haven't tried the add-on app to manually add login names and passwords; will do that today.


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The manual addon in this reply:

In another thread, I read about an add-on to edit an existing saved password, but I haven't tried it myself: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/saved-password-editor/

This did the trick, works great but can show passwords to everyone who uses this computer. Since you can add or edit, I think it is best to use it when needed and then disable the add-on. Thanks.

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Hi HCM911, if you create a master password (and log out when you're done) then your passwords can't be viewed by others without knowing your master password. More info on this option:

Question owner

Thanks to all for your replies; I'm sure someone will find the bookmarklet answer helpful in their situation, and the answer that really solved it was leading me to the add-on at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/saved-password-editor/.

RonP1943 1 solutions 3 answers

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I had the same problem. but someone in another forum said to change the automatic sign from off to on. Here how to do it below. BUT RIGHT CLICK in the sign in box on the screen not on the open space on the sign in page!! My sign in name and password are now saved. You have to do this for each Yahoo account you have. the link to this answer is: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/963553?esab=a&as=aaq&page=2

Here is the answer without the graphics which may help -- Ron

What the bookmarklet does is switch autocomplete="off" to autocomplete="on" for the username and password fields. Firefox will NOT offer to save a password if autocomplete="off".

Since you only need to do this once to get Firefox to offer to save the password, you could try doing it manually using the Inspect feature.

Right-click the username field and choose Inspect Element (Q). This will call up a pane (or optionally a separate window) where you can view and edit the HTML tag which creates the username field. There you can edit the autocomplete="off" to autocomplete="on" by double-clicking off and typing on and then pressing Enter. I have attached a screen shot.

Then when you log in, Firefox should offer to save your login.

Note: This is addressed to triggering Firefox to save the login. It isn't a solution for Firefox failing to log you in after successfully saving your username and password.