Automatically save what you type in Firefox

Have you ever filled out a Web form, only to have your browser crash before you could submit it? We'll show you how to automatically save what you type in Firefox so you can recover your text.

Have you ever filled out a comment on a blog or forum, only to have your browser crash, losing everything you wrote? Or maybe you have an itchy thumb and accidentally hit the back button. Frustrating, isn't it?

With a Firefox extension called Textarea Cache, you can automatically save what you type in a comment box or Web form and retrieve it, even if your browser crashes. Here's how:

Step 1: Install the Firefox extension, Textarea Cache.

Step 2: Fill out a blog comment or post to a forum.

Sample Textarea box
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 3: To retrieve your text, go to your Firefox add-ons by hitting CTRL+SHIFT+A, then click on the "Options" button under Textarea Cache.

Add-on options
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 4: Click on the "Open cache window" button.

Textarea cache options
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 5: Review the text that was automatically saved and copy the text, remove it, or empty out the entire cache.

Textarea cache window
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 6: To get quicker access to the Textarea cache window, hit CTRL+/ to display the Firefox add-on bar, then click on the Textarea icon in the lower right-hand corner.

Textarea cache icon
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. Now you can automatically save the text you type over the Web. If you're concerned about Textarea Cache saving credit card numbers or passwords, worry not. The extension only saves text from large textarea boxes, not from small field boxes. Also, the cache is saved locally. Mozilla has reviewed the extension itself and given it its seal of approval.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at


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