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Windows Credential Manager – Store Your User Names & Passwords

Monday, May 13th, 2013 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Windows 8

Windows Credential Manager is a handy feature that allows you to store passwords, certificates and other credentials for automatic log on in Windows. I put it to good use the other day when I was having an issue logging into a website. I thought I had the correct password stored, but I was able to go to Windows Credential Manager and see that I had apparently missed a letter when I stored my password. It saved me the trouble of having to go through a password reset with the website. Here’s how to find Credential Manager:

For Windows 7, just pull up the Start Menu and type Credential Manager.

For Windows 8 type Credential Manager in the search box with Settings selected.

Either way the result should be Credential Manager. Click on the icon.

You’ll get a window reading Store credentials for automatic log in. You’ll either see a list of your stored credentials or the options to add credentials.  When you’re entering a password and get the prompt “Do you want Windows to remember your password?”, selecting “Yes” will add the information to your credentials.  Adding a credential manually is fairly simple. You add the internet address of the log in page for the site you wish to visit. and your log on and password.

Here’s what your list of stored information should look like.

By clicking the arrow next to each entry you can see more information. You can also choose to remove the stored information if you like.

You can also choose to see your password, but you will have to enter your Windows log on information first.

~ Cynthia

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11 Responses to “Windows Credential Manager – Store Your User Names & Passwords”

  1. Donna says:

    Hello Cynthia-Many of us are still using Vista and XP…can’t you address ALL of the Windows OSs…not just 7 and 8. If something isn’t available for certain OSs, all you have to do is say so and not leave us hanging in the lurch. PLEASE

  2. Edith says:

    As usual Worldstart did it again! I cannot express how much I have used the tips and info from WS—I am an 87 yr old computer “Wanna-be” and have found WS products and information to be A-1—

  3. Corinne Larimore says:

    Kudos to Cynthia once again. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come to this place but didn’t have a clue how to use it. It’s amazing some of the questions I get answered through World Start and their wonderful staff.

  4. Chuck McKay says:

    I just went to my Windows Credentials page expecting to see a list of passwords for sites that I have saved and am able to login without typing the passwords. The credentials page is empty. Is this designed as a place where I have to actively store my passwords?

    • cynthia says:

      Yes, you would have had to have selected the option when asked if you would like Windows to remember your password.

  5. Tammy Meyer says:

    I really hate to change passwords all times because they cut us off from normal converstation. He and I made agreement to get rid of yahoo cuz of yahoo problems all times. Yahoo inc is really lousy service that I am tired of.

  6. linda gilleo says:

    where is credential manager in win 10

  7. […] You may be able to make the password visible somewhere under network settings. If you’ve told Windows Credential Manager to remember the password, you may be able to look it up […]

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