How do I enable and disable Autofill in my browser?

Updated: 08/03/2018 by Computer Hope

Internet browsersThis document explains how to enable Autofill, which is a feature on all browsers that fills out the entire forms such as those that ask for shipping or billing information.

Autocomplete is quite similar, but not the exactly the same. It gives you suggestions as you type in an address bar or search box. To enable the Autofill feature, select your browser from the list below and follow the steps.

Read before proceeding

Tip: If you want to disable Autofill, repeat the steps in any of the following sections and select the option to turn it off.

Note: If you are enabling Autofill for the first time, you'll need to enter text into a form manually to "teach" Autofill what to automatically enter the next time, or you can add and edit the information yourself.

Note: Not all forms on the Internet support the Autofill feature. Some web pages disable Autofill, so you have to manually enter text into a form each time.

Chrome

Microsoft Edge users

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click the More actions button button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Select Settings, and then scroll all the way to the bottom and click the The view advanced settings button. button.
  4. Under the Autofill section, move the switch next to Save form entries to Toggle switch set to on..
  5. Fill out a form.
  6. Once you've completed the previous steps, try out your Autofill using the example test form below. Click the first form field, type your first name, then press the down arrow, then press Enter.

Tip: You may also create autofill entries manually, as well as change or delete them.

Tip: If you would like to use an Autofill feature on all your browsers, tablets, and phones, see our section on third-party Autofill tools.Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer users

All the latest versions of Internet Explorer only use AutoComplete feature, which means you cannot edit autofill entries manually, only delete them.

  1. Open the Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click Tools IE Tools Icon in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Select Internet Options from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select Internet Options from the drop-down menu that appears.

The selector to choose Internet options in MSIE.

  1. In the window that opens, click the Content tab (A) and then select Settings (B) in the AutoComplete section.

AutoComplete settings selector.

  1. Check the box next to Forms and searches.
  2. Fill out a form.
  3. Once you've completed the previous steps, try out your Autofill using the example test form below. Click the first form field, type your first name, then press the down arrow, then press Enter.

Tip: If you would like to use an Autofill feature on all your browsers, tablets, and phones, see our section on third-party Autofill tools.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome users

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click Customize and control Google Chrome Chrome settings icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Settings.
  4. Click the The Advanced button in Chrome. button at the bottom of the screen.
  5. In the Passwords and Forms section, click the arrow in the Autofill settings box.

The button to access the autofill settings in chrome.

  1. In the Autofill Settings menu, ensure that the slider is set to The toggle slider set to on. (on position).
  2. Fill out a form.
  3. Once you've completed the previous steps, try out your Autofill using the example test form below. Click the first form field, type your first name, then press the down arrow, then press Enter.

Tip: You may also create autofill entries manually, as well as change or delete them.

Tip: If you would like to use an Autofill feature on all of your browsers, tablets, and phones, see our third-party Autofill tools.Firefox

Firefox users

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
  2. Click the The menu button in Firefox. button in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
  3. Select The options button in Firefox. from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. In the next window, select the Privacy & Security tab.

The privacy and security screen in Firefox.

  1. In the Browser Privacy section, check the boxes next to Ask to save logins and passwords for websites (A) and Autofill addresses (B).

The Autofill menu in Firefox.

  1. Fill out a form.
  2. Once you've completed the previous steps, try out your Autofill using the example test form below. Click the first form field, type your first name, then press the down arrow, then press Enter.

Tip: You may also create autofill entries manually, as well as change or delete them.

Tip: If you would like to use an Autofill feature on all of your browsers, tablets, and phones see our third-party Autofill tools.

Opera

Opera users

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click Opera menu button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. In the window that appears, select Privacy and security from the left-hand menu.
  5. Under the Autofill section, make sure the box next to Enable auto-filling of forms on webpages is checked.

The section that allows users to turn on autofill in Opera.

  1. Fill out a form.
  2. Once you've completed the previous steps, try out your Autofill using the example test form below. To enter the values, double-click on any of the fields in the test form and then select the name of your address.

Tip: You may also create autofill entries manually, as well as change or delete them.

Tip: If you would like to use an Autofill feature on all of your browsers, tablets, and phones see our third-party Autofill tools.

Safari

Safari users

  1. Open the Safari Internet browser.
  2. Select Safari in the upper left-hand corner of the desktop.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Preferences.
  4. Select the Autofill tab.
  5. Select the check boxes next to the forms you would like Safari to fill in automatically.
  6. Once you've completed the previous steps, try out your Autofill using the example test form below. To enter the values, double-click on any of the fields in the test form and then select the name of your address.

Third-party Autofill tools

If you use multiple devices and browsers, it may be more beneficial to use a third-party tool that can Autofill data across them. Our favorite Autofill utilities are Dashlane, which is available for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and RoboForm.

Autofill example test form

Below is an example test form that can be used to make sure your Autofill works. If the fields are blank, click on the First name field to see available Autofill options. In most browsers, as you start to type in your name, it also displays the Autofill options.

First name: Last name:
Address:
City: State: Zip:
Phone number: E-mail: