Recently I have had many people asking me: “How do I delete or edit a saved password in my web browser?” Well, it’s really quite simple, if you know where to look. This particular walk-through is for Google Chrome web browser, but almost all other web browsers keep their saved passwords in similar locations. Alright, enough chit chat, let’s get to it!
Step one is to click on your settings menu in Google Chrome. You can see in the image below that it is located in the top-right corner of your browser and looks like 3 white bars stacked on top of each other… sort of like an icon for a list, I suppose.
Next, you want to choose the “Settings” option from the drop down menu to open up the settings page in Google Chrome. This will open up in a new tab in your web browser so no need to worry about navigating away from your current web page (probably this one haha).
Great! Now you’ve got the settings tab open and by default, Google Chrome hides the advanced settings so please make sure that you have the “Settings” tab selected on the left-hand side of the window. It should open into this tab by default when you click on the Settings option from the Menu.
Now, you must scroll down below the Default Browser section until you see “Show Advanced Settings…” link at the very bottom. It is a link as shown in the image above, so you can go ahead and click on it to show additional settings options on the same page.
Now that the additional settings have been loaded, you will need to scroll down to the section labeled Passwords and Forms. In this section you will see another link with the words “Manage Saved Passwords” as seen in the image below.
You’re almost there! Click the link to open the passwords window as shown in the image below. This window allows you to show and delete the saved passwords. The first column shown is the website or url that has saved your username & password. The second column is the username associated with the website and password, and the third column is the password. By default Google Chrome hides the passwords for security reasons, but if you hover over the password you will see an ‘X’ appear to the right of the password. This is the delete option.
Likewise, if you click on the row associated with the password, you will see an option to “Show” that password. Depending on your security settings, you may be asked for administrative rights on your computer to show the passwords. On my computer, for example, Mac OS X asks me for my administrative password before Google Chrome will show my password. How considerate!
If you want to “edit” your password, you will have to delete the password from this list and then go the website again, enter your login information and hit “save” when Google Chrome asks you if you want to save your password. Done!
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