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IE8 - Can I manage passwords individually?

by N.T.Gray / May 15, 2010 5:17 AM PDT

I want to clean up some wrong keystrokes in some of my stored passwords. I managed to delete all stored passwords, which is partially acceptable; I don't mind starting over. But all the user names are still in place, and I'd like to delete those and start over, too. How do I do this? And ideally I'd like the ability to edit stored user names and passwords one at a time. Is there any place in IE8 that allows me to do this? (I'm using Windows 8 on a Dell Inspiron desktop).

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I don't think there is.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 15, 2010 5:44 AM PDT

I've always puzzled over browsers of all types and why they don't allow us to manage login details and such. I assume it is a security issue to prevent access by unauthorised users from changing the details.

You could take the "Sledge Hammer" approach. Goto IE8 Tools > Internet Options, then the Advanced tab, and click the "Reset" button.

This resets IE8 to default, but that means you lose everything, all add-ons, all history, favorites, cookies, and login details. You can export Favorites before using it then importing the favorites back afterwards, but as far as I know, that is all you can do.

May be others here will have better news for you.


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half a success. . .
by N.T.Gray / May 15, 2010 6:54 AM PDT

I found out how I cleared the passwords but not the user names (I failed to check the Form Data box in the Internet Options/Content/Autocomplete/Delete Autocomplete History submenu), but I'd still like to know how to manage passwords/user names individually. Like you, I suspect that it just can't be done, but I would love to be proved wrong.

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A couple of thoughts.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 15, 2010 8:17 PM PDT
In reply to: half a success. . .

or 3.

I suspect that login usernames are stored in cookies. I'm not sure but it would make sense.

There are password manager's available, like Roboform. I've never used them myself but a Google search for IE8 password manager brings up possibilities. But that doesn't remove those login usernames you are trying to get rid of, they would just remain, unused.

However, I wonder if CCleaner might remove all traces in IE8. It's a utility I use often myself for removing the build up of Temp files, and Temporary internet Files;

Just a note about that download location. I have tried to access CCleaner's parent site at but I am getting a Runtime error "Server Error in '/' Application.". That's unusual for this site and I would hope it is just a temporary web site glitch and not something more serious, eg the developers have folded. or the site is under some sort of DOS, (Denial of Service), attack.


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