Windows has a password reveal button (in the 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 that what you typed is correct and want to see it again in case of doubt. This button will display your password as long as you keep it pressed. It is integrated everywhere in Windows 11/10, including the browser. In this post, I will show how you can enable or disable the password reveal button in Windows 11/10/8.
Why Hide The Show Password Button In Windows?
There can be many reasons for disabling the password reveal button in Windows, but the primary one of these is to prevent the leaks of passwords. The reveal password button is useful when you are unsure and want to check if you typed correctly. However, if someone is around or peeking, they may get an idea of your password.
Enable or Disable Password Reveal Button in Windows
Here are the two tried and tested methods to disable the password reveal button aka Windows password revealer in Windows 11/10
- Using Group Policy Editor
- Using Registry Editor
Before proceeding with one of these methods, please ensure that the account you are logged in to on your PC is the admin account.
1] Using Group Policy Editor To Remove The Show Password Button In Windows
In non-specialists’ terms, a Group policy editor can be termed a relatively advanced version of Windows settings that offers greater control over the functions of your PC. Also, with the group policy editor, you can change settings across different users on your system. Here are the steps to remove the show password button using the group policy editor in Windows:
- Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows+R keys on your keyboard.
- In the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc. This will open the local group policy editor.
- Head over to the following path in group policy editor:
Computer configurations > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface
- In the Credential user interface, you’ll see the first entry as Do not display the password reveal button. Double click on it to open the configuration window.
- In the configuration window, head over to the top left corner. You’ll find three options there. Not configured, Enabled, and Disabled. Select Enabled. It will disable the password reveal button on the sign-in page and all across Windows.
You can always enable the button back. To do this, head over to the same path in the group policy editor, and in the configuration window, select the disabled option.
2] Using The Registry Editor To Remove The Show Password Button In Windows
The Windows Registry is where all the critical data on how each application and feature in Windows is supposed to function is stored. This method involves creating a new key and entry in the Windows registry, so follow the steps closely.
Let’s look at the steps:
- Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows+R key on your keyboard—type Regedit in the dialog box to open the Registry Editor. You will receive a prompt asking. Do you want to allow the Registry Editor to make changes to your device? Just click yes.
- In the Registry editor, head over to the following path:
- Now, right-click the Windows folder, and create a new key named CredUI.
- In the CredUI folder, create a new D-Word (32 Bit) Value named DisablePasswordReveal.
- Now, right-click the DisablePasswordReveal entry and select Modify.
- Now, in the Value Data field, enter 1 instead of 0 and click OK. This will disable the password reveal button. To enable the password reveal button back, reach the respective entry we created above and modify the value data back to 0.
If you want to apply the same settings on multiple computers, you can export the keys. Then by connecting to the remote computer, you can import them to another computer. It will ensure to disable the Windows Credential manager no-show button.
Well, this was all for our article on how to remove the show password in Windows 11/10 during sign-in. 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 it’s always a good idea to disable it if you want.
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 which 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 clicking 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.
How To Turn Off Password In Windows?
To remove the password in Windows, log in to your computer and head over to Windows settings > Accounts > Sign-In Options. In the sign-in options, expand the Password option. You’ll see an option named remove this sign-in option. Click on it, and you’ll be asked to authenticate one last time, and your password will then be removed.
Is It Safe To Disable the Password Reveal Button in Windows?
Yes, it is safe to disable the password reveal button in Windows, but please ensure that you thoroughly remember the password. If you miss even a single character from the password, it’ll be impossible for you to view where you’re going wrong. Since there is only a limited number of times you can enter a wrong password while signing in, you’ll be locked out of the computer.