How to Find Stored Passwords on Your Computer

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How to Find Stored Passwords on Your Computer

With today’s use of computers comes a handful of responsibilities, one of them is remembering passwords.  Many computer-related activities entail the use of passwords.  You need one to open your email, another to access your online banking account, and the list goes on.  Forgetting a few of them already causes much inconvenience, what more if you lose track of all of them.  Clearly, you should know how to find stored passwords on your computer.

Password Recovery Options

Finding stored passwords on your computer is surprisingly easy, as long as you use the “Remember Your Password” feature found in many secure sites.  Password recovery programs can be downloaded on the internet or purchased at software stores.  You can also use a certain web browser to recover stored passwords.  Even your computer’s operating system has a built-in feature that shows stored passwords.

Using Mozilla Firefox 3.0

Mozilla Firefox, one of the leading web browsers, is known for its enhanced security features.  The recovery of stored passwords happens to be one of them.  If you rummage through the options behind the Tools menu, you’ll probably stumble upon the feature.


  1. Open a Firefox window.
  2. On the top portion of your screen, click Tools.  Select Options, which pulls up a new window.
  3. Click Security.
  4. When you’re on the Security window, click Show Passwords.
  5. Click Show Passwords again on the next screen.  All the stored passwords will then be presented.

On the flipside of locating stored passwords, you must also uphold your privacy on the internet.  Remove all of the stored passwords after copying, otherwise other users might gain access to your private accounts.

Using Your Computer

Your computer’s password recovery feature is found in the Pick A Category section of Control Panel.  If you’re logged on as the administrator, you can view the stored passwords for all the user accounts.  Just follow this simple process.


  1. Click Start then Control Panel.
  2. Under Pick a Category, click on User Accounts, which opens a new window.
  3. Click the Users tab then highlight the user whose stored passwords you want to view.
  4. Click the Advanced tab then hit on Manage Passwords.  The stored usernames and passwords will then be shown.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other user accounts.

It’s rude to check the stored credentials of other users.  Better ask permission first, before viewing their usernames and passwords.

Using a Password Recovery Software

Password recovery programs are your best options for locating stored passwords.  They latch into your computer system and search for all the passwords you have inputted.  Some programs dig into the web browsers you use, where they will retrieve your credentials.  They can even read through the letters behind asterisks, which are used in secure websites.  You can download free software on the internet and give it a spin.  If you are not satisfied with its performance, just purchase one at any computer software store.

Your Online Skeleton Keys

With the options available, you need not worry about a lost password or a personal online account that you can’t open.  Consider the three given methods, your online skeleton key.



  1. rcmichelle said,

    on October 14th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Last time I forgot my password and tried everything i could do but failed, until I found this great tool Windows Password Software. It works great, and you can google can try to google it.

  2. Jonathan said,

    on July 9th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    When i’m on the administrator, and in the control panel, i click on user accounts, but it just comes up in a white screen like its blocked or something..:(