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Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

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Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

The Firefox Password Manager securely stores the usernames and passwords you use to access websites and then automatically fills them in for you the next time you visit a website. This article will show you how to use the Password Manager to remember, view, delete and protect your passwords.

Make Firefox remember usernames and passwords

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

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Tip: Clicking outside of the Remember Password prompt will hide it. To bring it back, just click the key icon on the left side of the location bar. If Firefox does not prompt you to save passwords, see the article Usernames and passwords are not saved.

In the prompt:

  • To have Firefox remember your username and password, click on Remember PasswordRemember. The next time you visit the website, Firefox will automatically enter your username and password for you.
    • If you've stored the wrong username or password, just type the right one into the website and Firefox will prompt you to save it. To save the new username and password, click on Update PasswordUpdate.
  • To tell Firefox to never remember usernames and passwords for the current website, click the drop-down menu and select Never Remember Password for This Site. In the future, when you log in to the website you won't be prompted to save the username and password.
    • If you later change your mind and would like Firefox to ask you to save usernames and passwords for this site, you'll need to go into your Firefox Options and remove the site's entry from the Security panel exceptions list.If you later change your mind and would like Firefox to ask you to save usernames and passwords for this site, you'll need to go into your Firefox Preferences and remove the site's entry from the Security panel exceptions list.
  • To skip saving your username and password this time, click the drop-down menu and select Not Now. You'll be prompted to save your username and password the next time you visit the site.
Note: Some websites offer to keep you logged in by clicking a check box on the site. This is a feature of the website and will work whether or not you have saved your username and password in Firefox.

Managing multiple accounts for a site

If you have more than one account for a site, Firefox can save all your logins. You can make Firefox fill in login information for a different account each time you visit.

  1. Right-clickControl + click on the username field to see the context menu.
  2. Click Fill Login.
  3. Choose the username you'd like to log in with. Firefox will automatically fill in your username and password for you.
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Viewing and deleting passwords

To view passwords for a specific site, right-clickcontrol+click on the username field on that site, then click Fill Login, followed by View Saved Logins, as shown above.

You can easily manage the usernames and passwords that Firefox has saved for you.

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Click the Security panel.
  3. Click Saved Passwords…Saved Logins… and the Password Manager will open.
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  • To see the passwords you have saved, click Show Passwords. When you close the window, your passwords will be automatically hidden.
  • Use the search box to find a particular website or username. Click the X in the search bar to clear your search and see the full list again.
  • To remove the username and password for a website, select the site's entry from the list and click Remove.
  • To remove all stored usernames and passwords, click Remove All. After confirming this choice, all of your stored usernames and passwords will be deleted.
  • To import passwords from Chrome or Internet Explorer, click Import and follow the instructions in the wizard.
Note: The Password Manager Import feature is currently available on Windows only.

Protecting your passwords

If you use the same simple password for everything you will be more susceptible to identity theft. The Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe article shows you an easy method for creating secure passwords and using the Password Manager, as described above, will help you remember them all.

Even though the Password Manager stores your usernames and passwords on your hard drive in an encrypted format, someone with access to your computer can still see or use them. The Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords article shows you how to prevent this and keep you protected in the event your computer is lost or stolen.

Having problems with usernames and passwords?

These articles will help you solve any problems you might be having with usernames and passwords:

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Regular Contributor

Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

I fixed nested lists and broken links, added Win Fx4&Fx6 screenshots, changed the behavior for remembering passwords, rewrote the introduction and master password sections, added a summary and keywords. It needs review.

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Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

I fixed nested lists and broken links, added Win Fx4&Fx6 screenshots, changed the behavior for remembering passwords, rewrote the introduction and master password sections, added a summary and keywords. It needs review.

Shooting Star Contributor

Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

Thanks Scoobidiver. I'm going to do another pass and add some mac screenshots.

Shooting Star Contributor

Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

I did a bunch of re-writing. I didn't really change any information — just lots of simplifying and clarifying. I also simplified the screenshots, going with the same save password prompt for Fx 4, 5 and 6 since it differs in trivial ways between versions. I also used the same images for the options panel for all versions of Fx since the only difference is the absence of the Sync icon in Fx 3.6. And finally, I experimented with animated gifs in the Viewing and deleting passwords section for Windows and Mac. The Linux version of that section has a still image.

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Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

I think we should rename this to "How do I make Firefox remember my usernames and passwords?"

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Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

Verdi said

I experimented with animated gifs in the Viewing and deleting passwords section for Windows and Mac.

I find this tiring for the eyes.

Shooting Star Contributor

Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

scoobidiver said

Verdi said
I experimented with animated gifs in the Viewing and deleting passwords section for Windows and Mac.

I find this tiring for the eyes.

Let's try them out and see how it goes. We're going to do some user testing of the site soon, maybe we can get some feedback on these too.

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Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

I like the idea of the animated gif also, especially for mobile articles because we can stack the screens instead of having them in a row. I approved this revision and made one typo fix, based on Verdi's draft, but maybe I jumped the gun here and we should discuss this more, or at least the speed of this animation?

Thanks, Michelle

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Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

It looks like this article was renamed after all of the edits were completed. I figured it out after the links in all of the recent e-mail notifications I got went to the old article discussion forum and resulted in a "Page Not Found" ..... like this one:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Remembering passwords - Rename this article
Date: 	Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:15:32 -0000
From: 	notifications@support.mozilla.com
To: 	xxxxx@xxx.xxx
New thread: Rename this article
User Verdi has posted a new thread in a forum you're watching.
Here is the thread:
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I think we should rename this to "How do I make Firefox remember my usernames and passwords?"
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To view this post on the site, click the following link, or paste it into your browser's location bar:
https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Remembering%20passwords/discuss/1637

Is this the related bug or is there a different one on renamed KB articles' discussion forum threads?
Bug 673167 - Moved forum threads should create a redirect

Update: Here is the new bug on KB article discussion thread redirects, filed today:
Bug 673944 - When KB articles are moved, kbforum thread URLs should update

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Re: Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

P.S. Doesn't the related discussion page also need to redirect? See https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Remembering%20passwords/discuss (which is where I looked first, when the link in the e-mail notification got me a "Page Not Found")

Discussed here:
https://support.mozilla.com/forums/contributors/707189
Article Discussion Forum redirect