When you’re on a website whose login details are saved in your browser, the browser automatically fills-in both the username and password fields for you. You may have noticed this behavior while visiting a website where you hold an account. While the username is clearly visible, the password is hidden behind asterisks.
It’s common for browsers not to reveal your passwords, otherwise the person sitting next to you will find out what the password is. However, if you’ve made sure no one’s around you and you want to see the password behind the asterisks, here are several ways to do it in your browser.
Reveal Passwords Behind Asterisks Using Inspect Element
Whether you’re a beginner in HTML coding, an expert at web development, or you know zip about HTML, you can still use the inspect element tool to reveal your passwords.
The tool helps reveal the source code of the selected elements in your browser so you can make changes to the code. Any changes made to the code will reflect on the site in real-time.
Thanks to this real-time change feature, you can use inspect element to find out what’s hiding behind the asterisks. Here’s how you do it. Launch the website where you want to reveal the passwords behind asterisks. Right-click on the password field where you see asterisks and select Inspect. It’ll trigger the inspect element tool.
The code for the password field will be highlighted in the console. Double-click on password in thetag, rename it to text, and hit Enter.
Asterisks in the password field will quickly turn into your real and actual password. You may copy it as you would any other text if you want.
This should work in all the popular browsers including Chrome and Firefox.