Save And Paste Form Data In Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 25, 2008
Updated • Feb 11, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Many websites require users to signup before their services can be fully used.

While that makes often times sense, for instance for user identification, it is sometimes used solely for the purpose of grabbing user data and selling those information to the highest bidder or displaying targeted (better paying) advertisement.

But no matter the reason it is always a nuisance for users who have to enter the same - real or fake - data over and over again. It is advised to use different passwords on sites but many sites require other data like the first and last name, a zip code or location, or even a phone number.

The Firefox add-on InFormEnter tries to limit the nuisance by providing options to save and paste form data into web forms.

It displays an icon in the browser which you can use to activate or deactivate it quickly. This is useful because of how it provides you with options when enabled.

If InFormEnter is active, it will display a small icon next to any web form. That icon can be used to pick previously saved data which will then be pasted automatically into the form.

The Firefox add-on makes use of profiles to provide access to different data sets. It is possible to create a few profiles, for example fake, business or private, and switch between them depending on your needs and the website or service you sign up for.

After installing the add-on it is important to enter the first form data in the options which is the most convenient way to do so. Think of this as your first profile that you create for use in Firefox.

There are already some entries in the profile like FirstName, LastName or City but since they don't match what you would enter, you need to delete them and enter your own custom data instead.

This is done by adding the information in front of every item and to separate the data from menu titles. The FirstName entry would be changed to John#FirstName for instance.

While this is the best way to enter the data it is also possible to add data after entering it into a form.

This however would add a new parameter (like LastName or FirstName) to the software. So to overcome that problem, you can use the same formatting used in the options.

A new phone number would be entered like 0000#phone. This adds the phone parameter to the menu and will fill in 0000 when selected from the menu.

The add-on comes with two keyboard shortcuts. [Insert] will automatically open the menu to pick an entry from while [CTRL] will insert the text at the position of the cursor.

There are a few additional hints for the profile page:

  • One line in editbox will be one menu item
  • Use # to separate input text and menu item name
  • Use #GP:[N]#[Menu item name] to Generate Password (pass length=N)
  • Use #RLP#[Menu item name] to Repeat Last Password
  • Use #SR# to insert menu separator
  • Use double # (##) to input single # in form
  • Use double @ (@@) to break line in multiline editboxes

The marker's position can be changed in the options as well. The default marker position is behind each form which can have the result that a new line is added to the form. The other options include to shorten the form so that the marker can be placed in the same line or to float the marker.

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  1. sportyemen said on November 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    FireFox! I’d love that
    its very cute

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