Don’t want Eye icon in Password Field in Internet Explorer on Windows 8? here is how to remove it

by Venkat eswarlu on December 27, 2012

in Internet Explorer,security,tips and tricks

New feature in Windows 8 which you may have not noticed till now and indeed can turn into a security concern, talking about password reveal button or the eye icon that appears at the end of password field on account login pages when you start typing in Internet Explorer. This icon lets you see the password you’ve typed so far by holding mouse pointer on it, if you want to disable this feature you can do that easily, here is how.

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Security concerns with password reveal button

The aim of the introduction of this feature is let user know the password he has typed is correct or not, and this feature has its own disadvantages where if you save passwords to IE, then anyone having access to your system can able to easily view your passwords without extra effort.

Disable Password Reveal button in Windows 8

1. Press Win key+R to open Run command and type gpedt.msc to open Group Policy Editor.

2. Navigate to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Credential User Interface

3. Double click for “Do not display the password reveal button” on right pane, and select ‘enabled’, click “OK “to save changes.

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4. Exit Group Policy Editor.

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Update 28/05/2013: If you also want to get rid of Eye icon in Password field in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7, follow the easy steps mentioned below.

1. Download and save DisableEyeiconPasswordwin7 registry file to your computer.

2. Double click on it and for warning dialog shown on screen, click “Yes” to add information to the registry.

What this registry file does is, it creates a registry key “DisablePasswordReveal” for Internet Explorer 10 and assigns Dword value “00000001″. Instead of doing this stuff manually, we’ve created the registry file for you.

Let me know it is worked for you or not in comments.

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Blanche Bigelow March 29, 2013 at 4:59 am

I want to disable the Eye icon in Password Field in Internet Explorer.
The number 1 instruction is – “Press Win Key+R to open Run command…….”
Please tell me what the Win key is.
Thank You.

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Venkat eswarlu March 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

Its Windows button on keyboard

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miez April 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

gpedt.msc is not found in my windows? why?

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sandeep vyas May 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I am getting eye sign in my all visiting sites pwd column, but my system doesn’t show me an option of “Do not display the password reveal button” in Group Policy Editor.
Navigate to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Credential User Interface

So please advice.

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Venkat eswarlu May 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Are you using Windows 8?. Because we came to know that this option in Group Policy editor is available in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise Editions only.

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