Windows 8 introduces a new feature called as Password Reveal. While using Windows 8, whenever you enter your password in the password field of a website or any Windows 8 app or the login screen, a Password Reveal Button or icon will appear at the end of the password field.
When you click on this button, your password gets momentarily displayed in places of the asterisks. While it is a pretty useful feature, especially in case you are not sure what you have typed in the password field and need to confirm before clicking on the Sign in or Enter button, security conscious users may want to disable this feature.
Disable Password Reveal Button in Windows 8
If you wish, you can disable the Password Reveal Button in Windows 8. To do so, type gpedit.msc in the Charms Bar search box and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface. Now in the right side pane, you will see Do not display the password reveal button. Double-click on it to open its Policy Settings box.
This policy setting allows you to configure the display of the password reveal button in password entry user experiences.
Select Enabled and click on Apply/OK.
- If you Enable this policy setting, the password reveal button will not be displayed after a user types a password in the password entry text box.
- If you Disable or Do Not Configure this policy setting, the password reveal button will be displayed after a user types a password in the password entry text box. By default, the password reveal button is displayed.
If your version doesn not have a Group Policy Editor, you may be required to edit your registry.
To do so, open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
Create a new Key and name it as CredUI.
Next, in the right side, right-click and create a new DWORD and name it DisablePasswordReveal.
- If you give DisablePasswordReveal a value 1, the Password Reveal Button will be hidden.
- If you give it a value 0 or delete this DWORD, it will revert to default ie. the Password Reveal Button will be shown.
The policy applies to all Windows components and applications that use the Windows system controls, including Internet Explorer. If you are a Windows 8 app developer, you may want to see this post on MSDN which tells you how to show the Password Reveal Button in your apps.