Windows has a password reveal button (in shape of the eye), which allows you to view already typed in the password. It is useful when creating a password, and you want to double-check what you typed is correct and want to see it again in case of doubt. This button is integrated everywhere in Windows 10, including the browser. In this post, I will show how you can enable or disable the password reveal button in Windows 10/8.
How to Enable or Disable Password Reveal Button in Windows 10/8
Now, though useful, sometimes it can result in somebody else viewing your password as the feature appears on any password entry text box. Luckily, this feature can be disabled by a Windows Administrator for every Windows user account on a computer. You can disable it in two ways:
- Group Policy Editor
- Registry changes
You will need admin privileges to make the changes.
1] Group Policy Editor
- Type in Group Policy Editor on Windows 8 Start Screen, and it should appear under the settings section.
- Navigate to Local Computer Policy > User configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface
- Enable the configuration, which says, “Do Not display the password reveal button.”
Once done, this will immediately stop displaying the button after a user has typed in his password in the password field anywhere. If you keep the settings as Not Configured or Disabled, the password button will appear in all. Windows components and applications that use the Windows system controls, including Microsoft Edge.
2] Registry changes
You can use this method when you do not have access to the Group Policy Manager. Windows 10 Home version doesn’t have Group Policy, and thats where Registry hack comes into the picture.
- Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run prompt followed by the Enter key.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
- Right-click on the Windows folder and create another folder or key with name CredUI.
- In the CredUI folder, right-click and create a new DWORD with the name DisablePasswordReveal.
- Double click on it to edit the value, and set it as 1. It will make sure that the Password Reveal Button will be hidden.
- If you set it as 0, then it will enable the button.
If you want to apply the same settings on multiple computers, you can export the keys. Then by connecting to remote computer, you can import them on another computer.
Is the Password Reveal Button always available?
Let’s break a myth here. This button does not become available if you have used a password manager automatically fills the password or if you have left your computer without hitting the enter button to sign in.
The button only appears after the first pause you make when typing in the password field. It disappears if you have left that field by either using TAB or clicked your mouse elsewhere. To make it appear again, you will need to refresh the sign-in page again and type in the password field to make it appear.
Enabling or Disabling the password reveal button doesn’t make your password fall into the wrong hand. It is a feature that is secure. It only works as long as you are on the password field. So chances are pretty less that somebody else will see your password from the text box, but its always a good idea to disable it, if you want.