Microsoft has recently started working on a new feature for the open-source Chromium project that would benefit various browsers, including new Edge and Google Chrome. As per a new commit, Microsoft wants to add a new feature to Chromium that would allow users to view password hidden under the asterisks.
In an upcoming version of Chromium-based Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, the reveal password option will allow you to see the text that you type in the password field. It’s also worth noting that reveal password option will come with hotkey support on Windows 10 and users will be able to view the password with a keyboard shortcut.
As per another commit, Microsoft is considering Alt-F8 keyboard shortcut to reveal the hidden password.
Microsoft says the reveal button would only appear with direct user input. The reveal button may disappear if the password field is not empty in the first place or if the browser loses the focus and regains it later.
“In conjunction with the radio and checkbox CLs, we’re wanting to gather feedback on the best approach to extend the implementation of controls to enable upstreaming of content that is valuable to any Chromium distro as well as the potential need for extending them for OS/Distro specific needs. One such example of this that we have provided for feedback is the Password Reveal. We will begin the standardization approach of a ::reveal() pseudo as well, but would like to gather feedback on this approach to influence how we build out the various other controls,” Microsoft Edge engineer noted in a commit.
It’s also important to note that the reveal button would show up only for passwords that you enter into the field. It will not show up for autofill passwords.