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How To Toggle Browser Form Autofill

On your personal computer or smart phone you may have noticed that Web browsers are able to remember many of the things you've done (filling out Web forms, for example). When you start to repeat a process, they'll jump right in and offer to automatically complete form fields for you. It's a nice convenience for some kinds of repetitive tasks.

You may have also noticed that SCLS-supported staff computers don't offer you this "autofill" feature. There's a simple but perhaps not obvious reason for that: too much sharing can be a bad thing.

If your SCLS Network PC is used by several people, and you all share a generic Windows logon, then having the Web browser remember everything you fill out on forms might get very messy. It might even be inappropriate, depending on the context and content of the forms.

Sharing a staff PC is far more common than not, so SCLS turns off form autofill features by default. However, if you want that feature on your PC, it is easy to turn it on again.

Turning on Form Autofill in IE

  1. From the IE tool bar, pull down the Tools menu and choose Internet Options.
  2. Select the Content tab.
  3. Find the section labeled AutoComplete and click the Settings button there.
  4. Mark the Forms checkbox and click OK.
  5. Click OK to finish the process.

Turning on Form Autofill in Firefox

  1. In the Firefox address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
  2. Read the warning message and click the I'll be careful button.
  3. In the Filter field, type formfill.
  4. Find the line for the setting named browser.formfill.enable.
  5. Double click on that line to toggle its value from false to true.
  6. Close the browser or continue using it as normal.

PS: This TechBits topic was brought up at the request of a member library. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered in TechBits, please feel free to call, email or IM someone on the SCLS Tech Team to let us know what's on your mind.


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