How to Test Autofill

AutoFill, or AutoComplete, is a handy feature that comes preloaded with most web browsers. It allows users to save data entered into commonly-visited websites and address and payment forms. Once you've typed copy into a search box or field and pressed "Enter," your web browser will remember the entry you've made so it can enter it automatically on your next visit to the site or when you're asked for personal information like your name, phone number or e-mail address.

Type information into an online form or search box and press enter.

Close and relaunch your browser and navigate back to the page you just left.

Type the first few letters of the entry you made into the same box or field. A list of options will appear in a drop-down box, including the text you typed. Scroll to and select the entry you made to AutoFill the field.


You can use AutoFill test sites to make sure your data is being captured. Navigate to an AutoFill test site and enter details like your name and e-mail address in the respective fields to make sure the text you enter is being saved. Only details you have previously entered to other sites or forms will be available from your AutoFill clipboard.

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About the Author

Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.