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The use of the Password Reveal (Eye) button in IE10, IE11 and Microsoft Edge

Technical Level : Basic

Summary

In Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, on the right-hand side of password boxes, there is often a little "eye" button. This is known as the Password Reveal Button or the Password Eye Button. This article explains what this button does, how to use it and a few security precautions.

Applies to:

IE10 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows RT

IE11 on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

Details

 This article does not make any changes to your computer. It is just an explanation.

 This article does not explain how to remove the Password Reveal Button. This may be covered in a future article.

 The design of the Password Reveal Button in Windows 10 is very slightly different to that shown in the images below. The functionality is the same though.

A- To explain the use of the Password Reveal Button

The Password Reveal Button appears on the right-hand side of many password boxes on webpages. It enables the password that you have typed to be temporarily displayed on the screen so that you can check for typing errors.

Here is a step-by-step explanation.

1. You arrive on a webpage and you see a blank password box:


2. You type your password into the box and it appears “blobbed out” in the usual way. However, after typing the first character you will notice an “eye” that is the Password Reveal Button on the right of the box (as shown by the arrow in picture below):

3. If you now move you mouse pointer over the Password Reveal Button then press and hold down the left button of your mouse, your password (or  anything that you have typed so far in the box) will be displayed. The picture below shows an example of what it may look like with the Password Reveal Button being pressed.

4. As soon as you release the mouse button, your password will go back to being “blobbed out” again as shown below:

B – Basic security precautions

Here are some basic security things to remember when using the Password Reveal Button:

 Make sure nobody is looking over your shoulder when you press the Password Reveal Button or they will see your password.

 It is never a good idea to leave your computer unattended and unlocked. However, if you type in your password, but do not submit it, it would then be very quick and easy for somebody to press the Password Reveal Button and see your password.

 The Password Reveal Button also appears in the password boxes for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT,  Windows RT8.1 and Windows 10 logon screens.

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