Confessions and Confusions of a Freelance Fullstacker.

Ashok Mannolu Arunachalam, How toHTMLWeb Browser


  • Solutions
    • Field Level in general
    • Field Level for new passwords
    • Form Level
    • Special case for all browsers

I have recently encountered a situation where I had to turn off the autocomplete option for filling out the saved passwords by browser.

It was interesting to find out that there is a way to turn this option off. One can consider this for a security reason but to me it was about turning it off on the new password page. Browser was filling out the new password field with the saved password >_O

There are two ways to turn it off in field level!

Field Level in general

<input name="ashkeys" type="text" autocomplete="off" />

Even though few browsers support autocomplete, there are cases they ignore all together. Login or Sign-up forms for example. In those cases, the following helps.

Field Level for new passwords

<input name="ashkeys" type="password" autocomplete="new-password" />

Form Level

<form autocomplete="off">
<input name="ashkeys" type="password" />

Special case for all browsers

The below one is kind of hacky way to trick the browser than turn off the autocomplete option. /O\ One should consider this as a last resort to solve the problem.

<input type="password" hidden />
<input name="ashkeys" type="password" />

Yeah, you are right! We are cheating the browser here by declaring the first password field hidden so that browser will the saved password there.