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Save form data as you type it in Chrome, Firefox with Lazarus

Tired of losing everything you typed into a form? Check out this extension that will save your work as you go.

Lazarus in action. Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you're filling out your car insurance quote form, writing a comment on a blog or filling in payment details for food delivery, it's annoying to lose what you've already entered because of a server error or accidental mouse click. For situations like these, there's an extension for Chrome called Lazarus.

This extension will save the data you type into those pesky textboxes, and will allow you to re-add it with just a couple of clicks. It's not new, but you may wonder how you've had the patience to continue filling out online forms without it. Here's how to get started:

Get started by grabbing a copy of Lazarus for your Chrome or Firefox browser. Then restart your browser to make sure the extension/add-on will be active for all tabs you have open.

When you come across your next form to fill out, you may notice the little yellow icon in the corner of the textbox (as seen in the top image). This is an ankh, the Egyptian hieroglyphic character (generally) representing eternal life. Fitting for text you don't want to lose, right?

Any time you want to recover what you previously typed into a box, click the ankh and you will see your previous entries. Click the one you want to insert and you're set.

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