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Bitwarden adds a new auto-fill option right inside form fields

著者:Kasey Babcock
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Highly requested by the Bitwarden community, the new inline autofill menu greatly enhances the user experience, enabling users to fill login credentials faster than ever.

The auto-fill icon appears inside relevant form fields and displays a menu of credentials associated with the web service or account. This streamlines the login process, especially when multiple logins are saved for the same site. If a login is not saved for a particular site, simply add new logins to the Bitwarden vault from the menu.

Inline auto-fill menu in action
Inline auto-fill menu in action

A security-first approach to auto-fill

While presenting speed and ease for end users, the auto-fill feature requires a careful, security-minded approach. Because the auto-fill process involves injecting code and DOM elements into pages not controlled by the extension, this is especially important for user security.

  • The auto-fill menu will only fill credentials when a user selects a form field they want to interact with. This protects users from potentially malicious form fields or web pages and ensures sensitive information will never be populated without user knowledge. 

  • Users have the option to password-protect login information for an additional layer of security when auto-filling. 

  • Extensive third-party penetration testing was conducted to identify security gaps prior to release

Read more detailed developer information on the strict security measures put in place for inline auto-fill in the Bitwarden documentation.

A user-centric design

Informed by user and community feedback, the inline auto-fill menu features an accessible and intuitive design that makes it even easier to automatically fill login credentials:

  • The auto-fill menu populates login credentials in the selected form field above all other elements on the web page, so nothing obstructs the menu. 

  • The auto-fill menu reacts to user behavior and repositions itself based on page resizing or scrolling.

  • For better accessibility, users can easily navigate login items in the menu via up and down arrows. 

  • Login items load gradually in the menu as the user scrolls, instead of all at once, for users with less powerful computers. 

  • The auto-fill menu displays only when a user is logged into the browser extension to minimize distractions.

How to use inline auto-fill menu

At release, this feature is off by default for existing users. Follow these steps to enable the feature for your account: 

Step 1: Log in to your account via the Bitwarden browser extension.

Step 2: Select Settings → Auto-fill, then locate the Show auto-fill menu on the form fields dropdown. Select your preferred Auto-fill menu behavior.

Step 3: Disable your browser's default auto-fill option.

Feature availability

The inline auto-fill menu is currently available in all supported browsers. Self-hosted support will be coming soon in a future release.

Comprehensive auto-fill options tailored to fit your needs

Bitwarden offers a wide selection of auto-fill methods including keyboard shortcuts, a dedicated context-menu, auto-fill on page load, manual auto-fill, and now the inline menu. With comprehensive URL matching, Bitwarden users can also set specific URL requirements that will determine when a login will be offered for auto-fill. This ensures sensitive information is only shared with trusted websites.

Find the auto-fill method that best fits your needs in this help article.

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