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Q: Editing the "User Data" database in I.E V5 ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Editing the "User Data" database in I.E V5
Category: Computers
Asked by: _nick_at_nite_-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 29 Oct 2002 11:09 PST
Expires: 28 Nov 2002 11:09 PST
Question ID: 92218
I am not a good typist, and I appreciate The "Auto Complete" feature
in  in my Browser. The trouble is that, the data base, has grown to
such lenghths that it's becoming cumbersome; especially with
misspelled words.

Please give us a safe way to locate the database, display it's
contents in a 'Reader-Friendly' fashion, and the capability to edit



Request for Question Clarification by pwizard-ga on 29 Oct 2002 11:26 PST
Greetings _nick_at_nite_,

The autocomplete feature of Internet Explorer stores two different
types of information, previously entered URLs (web addresses) and
information typed into web forms (username, password, search terms,
etc). Neither of these two are stored in a "reader-friendly" file on
the hard drive - they are both contained within the registry. The web
form data is also ENCRYPTED, so you would have no way of editing it,
even with modifying the registry. They easiest way to edit the data is
to simply start over by cleaning out the database entirely, or you can
actually delete the entries one at a time. If either of these are
feasible solutions, please let me know and I'll post it as the
official answer with instructions. Thanks!


Clarification of Question by _nick_at_nite_-ga on 29 Oct 2002 12:18 PST
Both options are fine, but I will use ", or you can actually delete
the entries one at a time."
Thanks a lot Mr 'PWizard'.
Subject: Re: Editing the "User Data" database in I.E V5
Answered By: pwizard-ga on 29 Oct 2002 12:58 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
As I mentioned in my clarification response, the autocomplete data is
unfortunately not stored in an easy to retrieve place on the hard
drive. However, considering the sensitive nature of this data
(passwords, credit card info, etc), it's good that Microsoft decided
to encrypt the date and put it in the registry away from possible
hackers and trojan horse programs.

You have two options for modifying this data. You can clear the
database completely by following these steps:

Clear Forms and Passwords Information in the AutoComplete History:

To clear forms and passwords information in the AutoComplete settings
in Internet Explorer:

1. Start Internet Explorer. 

2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options. 

3. On the Content tab, click AutoComplete. 

4. Click Clear Forms, click Clear Passwords, (or either/both) and then
click OK.

If you do not want to clear the entire database, you can delete a
single entry at a time. To do this, when you get to the form with the
entry you want to delete, simply press the cursor key DOWN in order to
bring up any autocomplete data that has been stored for that box, then
scroll down (again using the cursor DOWN key) to highlight the entry
you want to erase. Instead of pressing ENTER as you would if you were
wanting to choose this autocomplete text, simply press the DELETE key
instead. This will delete the entry from the database and allow you to
type it in again from scratch and have it re-stored. While this is not
as easy as opening a file with all the entries in it, it's probably
much better than wiping out the entire autocomplete database and
starting completely over.

I hope that helps to answer you question regarding the autocomplete
function. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance on this
question. Thanks!

_nick_at_nite_-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
 Thanks Mr. PWizard

Subject: Re: Editing the "User Data" database in I.E V5
From: erkcool-ga on 30 Oct 2002 11:35 PST
hear is a utility that well let you edit the AutoComplete data,4149,3116,00.asp

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