Auto-filling forms manually in Safari

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
August 13th, 2003 • 9:32 pm

As a Mac user stuck with a slow modem connection, I am a pretty impatient web user. This means that I tend to avoid “heavy” web sites altogether, and when I am forced to visit one just the same, I often click on the “Stop” button to interrupt the page downloading process as soon as the parts of the page that I need are loaded and displayed in Safari (or Camino). I don’t care if my browser displays question marks where the pictures are supposed to be. I know what the pictures are, and I don’t need to see them.

Until today, however, I tended to avoid interrupting the downloading process when the page in question was a page with a form to fill, because I wanted Safari to automatically fill the fields for me, and I thought I had to wait until it does so automatically, once the page is fully loaded.

Then today I realized that there was actually an “AutoFill Form” command (also cmd-shift-A) that I could use manually even after HAVING interrupted the downloading process for the page with the form. As soon as the form fields are visible, I can just click on the “Stop” button and choose ‘”AutoFill Form”, and Safari will fill the form manually for me. Cool!

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