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How to Find Hidden & Saved Passwords in Windows

Posted in General   OCTOBER 18, 2021

    Find password in Windows

    Advancement in technology has led us to save time and effort for years. Be it working from home on your laptop or working in a grocery store. One of such advancements is the ability of our Operating Systems to remember our username and password so that we don't have to type it again and again. Windows 10 has this ability too where it can remember your usernames and passwords. But then we have all been in a situation where we had the need to view the saved passwords in Windows 10. The Credential Manager comes into play in such situations.

    All of our log-in credentials including the usernames, passwords, and addresses are saved by a Windows' digital locker called Credential Manager. Here, our credentials are divided into two groups: Web Credential and Windows Credential.

    As can be assumed, only Windows uses Windows credentials. It includes the passwords saved by windows while you used to log into the homegroup or shared folders of other companies that were in the same network.

    The usernames and passwords that you use to log in to various sites are saved by Web Credentials. Here, in this article, you will learn how to find, view and manage passwords in Windows 10 using Credential Manager.

    Passwords on Credential Manager (Windows 10)

    Method 1: Using Run Window

    Using run window find credential manager

    1. Open the Run box first. For this, just press the Windows button + R.

    2. Then, in the search bar, type inetcpl.cpl and press the OK button.

    3. An internet properties option will be opened as you click the OK button. Here, select the Content tab out of all the available tabs under Internet Properties.

    4. Then under the AutoComplete section click on Settings.

    5. Now as the AutoComplete Settings tab opens, click on the Manage Passwords button.

    6. Then, you will be able to view saved passwords in Windows 10 as the Credential Manager is opened.

    Method 2: Search bar

    Credential manager using search bar

    1. You can also use the search bar to view the saved passwords. Find the search bar on your home screen and type credential manager in the search bar to find stored passwords.

    2. Then, click on the Credential Manager option.

    3. This will then open a tab where the saved passwords can be viewed under Windows Credentials and Web Credentials.

    Method 3: Using Control Panel

    Credential manager using control panel

    1. The Credentials Manager could also be opened from the Control panel to see the saved passwords. You could open Control Panel by finding it through the search bar.

    2. Search for the User Account there and click on it.

    3. You will find the Credential Manager under the User Account. Click on it.

    4. You will then have both Windows and Web Credentials as options. To view the passwords in Windows 10 from Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer click on Web Credentials.

    5. On Windows Credentials, you will find the stored passwords created as you were connecting to different network shares.

    You must keep in mind that only the passwords from Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can be shown through Web Credentials. So if you want to see the passwords saved in, let's say, Google Chrome, then you can follow the given steps.

    View saved passwords in Google Chrome

    Google chrome find saved passwords

    1. Open the Google Chrome browser on your Windows 10 PC and click on the three verticle dots at the top of the screen and go to Settings.

    2. As you scroll down, you will find Passwords under the Autofill section. Click on it.

    3. Then just turn on Offer to Save Passwords.

    4. In the section under Saved Passwords, you will find the stored passwords of Google Chrome.

    How to manage passwords in Windows 10

    Manage passwords on Windows 10

    We have now understood how we can view passwords but to manage passwords you need to follow these steps.

    1. Move to Credential Manager and click on Windows Credentials or Web Credentials depending on the username or password you want to manage.

    2. Then click on the disclosure triangle next to stored passwords to know the details.

    3. If you want to view saved passwords and manage passwords in Windows 10 click on the Show button.

    4. Then type the Username and Password to verify. The password will now be visible.

    5. Click on either Edit or Remove button to edit or remove the credential.

    6. You will be able to edit or remove the generic credential on the new tab that will open. You can then update your credential according to your requirement.

    Manage passwords on windows 10

    This is how you could access your saved passwords on your PC.

    Published by: Amundra
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