How to Automatically Fill out Forms in Chrome

Updated on February 8, 2018
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Filling out web forms can be a hassle especially if you need to type each entry manually.
Filling out web forms can be a hassle especially if you need to type each entry manually.

As many of you are probably aware of by now, Chrome has its built-in feature to automatically fill out fields in web forms. It’s called “Autofill”. You can easily enable or disable this feature via Chrome’s advanced settings. To do this, you simply need to click the menu icon at the top-right of your Chrome browser. It sits right next to the address bar. Another way is by simply typing “chrome://settings” in your browser’s address bar then hit “Enter”. Once you’re on the settings page, scroll all the way down to advanced features and look for the options under “Passwords and forms”. Click “Autofill settings” and from there, you can easily turn the feature on or off.

The thing about Chrome’s Autofill feature is that it is limited. You can’t really customize it to an extent. If you want more customization options, the best course of action would be to use a form filler extension. Autofill is a good example.

Autofill is a free form filler for Chrome that is designed to automatically fill out web forms on page load. At the moment you load a web form, it will automatically fill out the fields with your predefined values. All that’s left for you to do is hit send.

To begin doing so, you’ll need to sign in to your Chrome browser first using your Google account. Once you’re signed in, add the Autofill extension and enable it. Just click the link below to download, add and enable the extension to your browser.

Once enabled, right-click on its icon that shows up next to the address bar and click “Options”. Click the “Form Fields” tab and start populating the list with your desired data. To add a new entry, simply click the plus icon at the bottom-left corner of the list. You’ll then be asked to set the field type and input its corresponding values which should be as follows:

  • Field type - select your desired field type in the drop-down menu (ex. text, password, check-box, etc.).
  • Field name - input a name that’s identical to the text label or field “id” usually present in a web form (ex. Name, email, subject, message, etc.).
  • Field value - enter a value for the said field. This is the value that you want to be automatically entered on the web form.
  • Site - this should be the document title or URL of the site where you want the auto-fill feature to be triggered. You can leave this blank if you want the extension to automatically fill out any web forms on page load in Chrome.

Preview of the extension's UI when enabled in Chrome.
Preview of the extension's UI when enabled in Chrome.

Just repeat the step on adding entries until you can input all the values that needs to be auto-filled. Once you’re done, don’t forget to save the changes you made. That’s it! You’re now ready to test it out by loading out any web form. If the extension is working properly, you’ll immediately notice the changes. Each field where you’ve set a predefined value will be automatically filled out on page load. No need to manually type the information being asked.

By utilizing the auto-fill feature, you can save up a lot of time filling out web forms especially if they are asking for the same details like name, email address, contact number, etc. It also lessens the hassle of repeatedly typing out the same information.

Are you a Chrome user? What’s your go-to extension when it comes to automatically filling out web forms? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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