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Firefox Saved Form Data Frustrations

Have you ever mistyped your login name in firefox, only to have it save the wrong entry as well as the correct one? How do you get rid of the wrong entry? You could clear out all of your saved information, but why just for one mistake! Frustrating huh? Even more frustrating is finding the completely undocumented answer. Well I’m documenting it now.

Go to the form where the mistake is. Put your cursor in the text entry widget and hit down until the incorrect entry is highlighted. Now press shift + del … voila. You’re welcome.

84 Responses to “Firefox Saved Form Data Frustrations”

  1. May 17th, 2006 @ 6:26 am Thomas Eagle responded:

    thank you thank you thank you!

  2. May 30th, 2006 @ 3:39 am Christian responded:



    You have no idea how happy this made me !

  3. May 30th, 2006 @ 8:16 am joao responded:


  4. June 23rd, 2006 @ 10:40 pm Tacio responded:

    THANK YOU :-)

  5. June 28th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm Clear Firefox Saved Form Info - Easily » Blog on a Stick responded:

    […] Now this is handy! I was trying to figure out how to get Gmail to forget a previous email username and password the other day and I came across Mission Data Blog. There they had a simple tip for clearing out saved form information in Firefox: Go to the form where the mistake is.  Put your cursor in the text entry widget and hit down until the incorrect entry is highlighted. Now press shift + del … voila. […]

  6. June 30th, 2006 @ 8:54 am Pete responded:

    Thank you. I’ve been looking for this for a while now.

  7. July 17th, 2006 @ 11:35 am Kriff responded:

    Absolutely Excellent! Thank you :-)

  8. July 17th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm Alan responded:

    This article rocks both for the Firefox tip and the fact that you spelled the word VOILA correctly.

    Bravo. :)

  9. July 17th, 2006 @ 3:12 pm Peter Hestbaek responded:

    thanks – this is great news

  10. July 18th, 2006 @ 10:29 am Mark responded:

    Very Clever -it works with google too – if you fancy erasing some dodgy searches so the girlfriend can’t check – nice

  11. July 18th, 2006 @ 9:39 pm Brandon Sergent responded:

    Uhhh, or, Tools>Options>privacy>passwords>view saved passwords… find it and delete it.

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    September 2nd, 2006 @ 12:30 pm Suzanne Wills responded:

    Bravo! Thank you! Can’t imagine why this isn’t in ‘Help.’

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    September 5th, 2006 @ 10:43 pm links for 2006-09-06 « packet filter responded:

    […] Mission Data Blog » Blog Archive » Firefox Saved Form Data Frustrations Go to the form where the mistake is. Put your cursor in the text entry widget and hit down until the incorrect entry is highlighted. Now press shift + del … voila. (tags: firefox) […]

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    September 19th, 2006 @ 3:04 am mak responded:

    you really helped! thank you!

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    November 3rd, 2006 @ 8:08 am Admin responded:

    Wow, worked like a charm. Good job.

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    November 22nd, 2006 @ 10:12 am EDITing in the Dark » Firefox Form Follies responded:

    […] It is the only thing that is annoying me about FireFox right now – that there is no documented way to clear specific form data.  Now if I would have been smart, I would have Googled earlier to find the answer that I did (from Mission Data): […]

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    November 22nd, 2006 @ 3:41 pm Happy user responded:

    Thank you so much!! this has eased my life considerably.

    and to Brandon Sergent , your suggestion only works for passwords, not for all form data

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    December 20th, 2006 @ 3:34 am Wim responded:

    Why haven’t I Googled before? I just erased ALL the saved data.
    I had typed my password behind my gmail account ID by mistake, and couldn’t find another way to erase the data.

    THANK YOU for posting this!

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    December 20th, 2006 @ 9:39 pm Bob responded:

    Thanks! Everybody else just said to clear them all! For Mac PowerBook users, it’s FN-Shift-Del.

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    December 28th, 2006 @ 12:18 am Tom responded:

    This tip (shift + delete) does work for me to delete saved entries from the ADDRESS BAR and SEARCH BAR at the top of the Firefox ( window. It does not work when I try to use it to delete saved entries from boxes within specific web forms. I am using a Mac G5 (OS 10.4.8). Any suggestions?

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    January 4th, 2007 @ 10:18 am hdw responded:

    Made my day, thanks.

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    January 4th, 2007 @ 10:39 am Thoughts on Design » Firefox - Saved Form Data responded:

    […] Have you ever mistyped something in a data form in Firefox? How about submitted something on a form that you’ll never need again? When you go to enter information in a form, does it gives you a long list of suggestions, when you regularly only use one entry? Now you can clear out the bad or outdated form entries, without clearing all of your form data. Delete one saved form item at a time. Go to the form where the mistake is. Put your cursor in the text entry widget and hit down until the incorrect entry is highlighted. Now press shift + del… voila. You’re welcome. – Mission Data […]

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    January 9th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm Davide responded:

    This is a great tip, hard to find and very useful. THANKS A LOT!

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    January 10th, 2007 @ 11:16 am Jez responded:

    Well I didn’t think I’d find the answer so quick, kudos on getting the answer to the top of google for everyone!
    (p.s. Google search term: “firefox view saved form information”)

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    January 23rd, 2007 @ 9:42 am IceWalker responded:

    Yes thanks a lot for this great tip.
    By the way, do you know how to get the mouse side button doing a (history) back like in 1.5 releases.

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    February 2nd, 2007 @ 1:33 am Rajanivasu responded:

    Thank you very much
    Now I do my work smoother, I cant get it by doing clear private data
    My question is it be saved any file in Firefox, so that we can clear it by opening it notepad. Anyway thanks!!!

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    February 23rd, 2007 @ 10:38 am gleek responded:

    THANK YOU!! this helps immensely.

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    May 14th, 2007 @ 9:40 am Dink responded:

    Great idea. Thanks! Works for more than passwords too – any data field that now contains erroneous entries can be cleared rather than clearing all saved data (address info, etc.)

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    May 14th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm David Rickard responded:

    That’s cool! Excellent!

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    June 15th, 2007 @ 8:29 am Dennis responded:

    Superb advice! I’m so glad you’re were the top of the google search list for this topic. I accidentally typed my email password after my username (the user name auto filled in, but the focus was still there) so they were both ripe for the picking. Now I can rest easier. Thanks.

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    June 27th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm Corey responded:


    ive always just cleared all the saved form info.
    this is so much easier, just what i wanted to do. thanks again.

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    June 29th, 2007 @ 7:15 am James responded:

    Been looking for something like this for a long time. It didn’t work the first time I tried it but did on subsequent tries. Thanks.

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    September 2nd, 2007 @ 10:15 am Adeel responded:

    Yea, this really is a great thing to know, thank you so much.

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    December 31st, 2007 @ 6:16 am Mike W responded:

    Shift-Backspace works on macs that don’t have a delete key. Great tip, thanks.

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    January 23rd, 2008 @ 11:43 am Mark Bereit responded:

    Very cool… and this led me to a further discovery. My problem was if I entered data in form values, chose not to keep them, and refreshed the page, the form values still held my changes. Turns out, if you hold down Shift while clicking the refresh button, the page refreshes without the remembered values.

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    April 5th, 2008 @ 2:40 pm YoHell responded:

    just delete works for me (winxp, firefox

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    May 22nd, 2008 @ 12:07 pm zarazek responded:

    Ha! It’s 2 years old and still has only 5 diggs?

    Great tip – I have to add many thanks to all above. I did the same as Wim did – I googled your post just a few minutes too late…

    Cheers :-)

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    June 30th, 2008 @ 5:42 am Pascal responded:

    Thank you!! This will make my life even more enjoyable!! ;-)

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    July 2nd, 2008 @ 10:59 pm Chris responded:

    You STUD!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    September 11th, 2008 @ 5:04 pm Brett responded:

    Thanks very much, this is a great tip, this has been driving me mad for years since I changed my email address I was fed up of seeing my old one appear everytime I logged in to stuff but didn’t want to delete everything to get rid of it so put up with it!

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    February 16th, 2009 @ 3:55 pm Spiewgels responded:

    Goodness!!! I just googled this and thought I was going to receive a bunch of erroneous results talking about designing web forms. Man, I’m so glad you popped up. I was prepared to search for about an hour. Thank you so very much!!!

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    March 6th, 2009 @ 11:20 am sreedhar responded:

    Thanks it helps me a lot

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    July 4th, 2009 @ 10:31 am Eric responded:

    Thank you. Only took me a year to find this out!

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    September 4th, 2009 @ 6:57 am Mathematician responded:

    Extremely useful! Holding shift and hitting delete is incredibly unintuitive and i’m very surprised Firefox has not documented this, but I am not surprised that it is not documented anywhere else on the web (this is because nobody could figure it out… until now!!). I am extremely grateful for your post, well done and thank you :)

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    October 7th, 2009 @ 9:27 am Sam responded:

    WoW that it Useful!

    Also good for removing secure info you never wanted FF to store in the 1st place!


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    December 22nd, 2009 @ 1:16 pm Jerome responded:

    Sweet! I thought Firefox just dropped the ball on having this functionality, now I see that they just dropped the ball on documenting this feature! This really should be in the Help files! ;/ Thanks a million, this has been driving me crazy!

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    December 22nd, 2009 @ 11:37 pm Lesley responded:

    That was the best piece of information I’ve gotten in a LONG time!!!

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    January 1st, 2010 @ 5:48 am S. Ali Tokmen responded:


    This should go to the Firefox documentation! Opening the bugzilla entry now…

    S. Ali Tokmen

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    January 1st, 2010 @ 5:51 am S. Ali Tokmen responded:

    Hello again

    This actually landed on one of the latest documentation versions, see

    Happy new year!

    S. Ali Tokmen

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    January 16th, 2010 @ 11:00 am Kamen Petrov responded:

    Thank you!
    Great tip – exactly what I was looking for.

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    January 17th, 2010 @ 7:16 am Srikanth responded:

    Excellent tip. Thanks

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    January 18th, 2010 @ 8:35 am steven responded:

    thanks a bunch, there are a few places where i need that feature

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    January 19th, 2010 @ 11:15 pm ToddLers responded:

    Does anyone know where firefox save those form data? Is in in the sqlite file?

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    February 21st, 2010 @ 9:19 am Ehab responded:

    Still there are people thanking you !! Thank you :)

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    February 28th, 2010 @ 1:37 am dave responded:

    thanx, great tip, I was looking for addon that clears it, now I don’t have to ;) thanx again

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    March 1st, 2010 @ 9:10 pm Therese responded:

    I was logging into a site when the tab didn’t register so my password was with my login. I’m happy that I can finally delete that data without disturbing the rest. THANK YOU!

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    March 17th, 2010 @ 7:10 am Rozy responded:

    Thank you sooo much!!! I didn’t know it was so simple! I’ve just spent the last 20 minutes searching firefox help! Finally I can get rid of those annoying wrong entries!!! :D

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    March 27th, 2010 @ 5:52 pm bort responded:

    Thank you so much! Amazingly easy and answered the question perfectly. I wish the simple stuff that bugs me were always this easy to find/correct. Winner.

    Your security thing sucks though.

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    May 2nd, 2010 @ 2:03 pm talin responded:

    Thank you for this obscure and to-the-point piece of information gold, sir! Your 4 year old post managed to scratch a years old itch.

    Heh, actually the post is _exactly_ 4 years old today. Must be them soular sycles attit agin’ ;)

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    May 23rd, 2010 @ 2:47 am Lunarcorona responded:

    Thank you!
    You have no idea how this ease me. Thx3!

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    June 18th, 2010 @ 10:32 am John responded:

    You are a rockstar!

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    June 22nd, 2010 @ 3:44 am koorosh responded:

    tnx a alot >:D<

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    June 25th, 2010 @ 12:40 pm Michigan Web Designer responded:

    Thank you! This was driving me crazy!

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    July 1st, 2010 @ 2:56 pm Mahdi responded:

    Many thanks…
    It’s very simple and useful.

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    July 5th, 2010 @ 9:18 am tony responded:


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    July 21st, 2010 @ 3:14 am Lanta responded:

    You are the rocking-ist rocker of all rockdom!

    Rock on!

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    September 21st, 2010 @ 7:20 am dave responded:

    Thankyou sir, you are a gentleman & a scholar!

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    November 25th, 2010 @ 4:23 am FX responded:

    Thank you. I’m happy now :)

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    December 20th, 2010 @ 10:50 am Seth responded:

    Thanks, glad you were the first on the google search!

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    January 4th, 2011 @ 11:38 am Dan Clark responded:

    I have changed my password on a million sites, just because in Firefox the form remembered that one time I missed hitting TAB before entering my password.

    Should have looked up this 2006 post awhile ago: thank you so much for this!

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    January 4th, 2011 @ 9:40 pm Jake responded:

    HOLY POOP!!! you are sooo awesome I accidently hit caps,instead of tab, once and typed the password right after my user name on my banks website! on my laptop which is with me at school and traveling! so I was freaking out changed my password all that but it still was bugging me. thank you so much now no one will know my password is “password”

    lol jk

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    January 18th, 2011 @ 8:02 pm Carol responded:

    OMG!!! I have been looking for a solution for over an year. Now I have finally found it and it’s east as well. Thank you!! Thank you on thousand times.

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    January 19th, 2011 @ 7:38 pm John responded:

    You rock! Thanks!

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    January 22nd, 2011 @ 1:23 am Patricia responded:

    I cannot get this to work. If I register on a new forum, say, the obsolete email address is the only one offered in the drop-down selection box. I highlight and delete it (with or without Shift) but the next time it’s back again. It could be ‘dangerous’ because this obsolete email is so similar to my main one.

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    April 12th, 2011 @ 10:34 am TucsonKEG responded:

    Thanks so much!

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    May 14th, 2011 @ 11:04 pm joe responded:

    May God bless you man !

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    May 19th, 2011 @ 7:10 pm sakaraymanoj responded:

    Wow! this works absolutely fine.

    But can i have this to be done on firefox exit, instead of doing it manually. In IE we can clear formdata on exit.

    -Manoj Sakaray-
    IT Techie.

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    June 23rd, 2011 @ 4:15 am Mike responded:

    I love you

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    August 2nd, 2011 @ 11:42 pm CD responded:

    Huge Thanks!

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    August 9th, 2011 @ 11:23 pm Rizwan responded:


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    September 28th, 2011 @ 4:26 pm Joanie responded:

    Thank you so much!! Made me a happy lady!

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    June 19th, 2012 @ 11:40 am pete responded:

    At first it did not work…but then I re-read the directions. I had only one item so it was auto populating the user name box…highlighted and shift/delete did not work. But then I did it again, this time using the arrow down button to select the name, then highlight, shift delete and all is good again. Until now I was unable to get rid of this user name/password even by deleting all history…a weird bug. Thank you!

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    September 27th, 2012 @ 5:23 am Firefox saved form data | David Miller’s Place of WTF! responded:

    […] may thank timothyr from Mission Data for the almost 5 year old bit of information that is still valid for […]

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    October 2nd, 2012 @ 2:38 pm Noogieb responded:

    Still useful in 2012. This has bugged me for years but never enough for me to actually do any research . But my dad asked me just now , so thought I’d do a search.

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