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Chapter 5. Browser Annoyances > WORKING THE INTERFACE

WORKING THE INTERFACE

FILL FORMS FASTER

The Annoyance:

I hate filling out forms on the Web. Internet Explorer helps some—as I start to type my name or a phone number into a field, it pops up a list of past entries, which I can stick in the field with a click. But it's a field-by-field chore. Why can't I fill out the entire form all at once?

The Fix:

IE can't do it, but other tools can. The all-purpose Google Toolbar also includes a very handy form-filler that works with the click of a button. Simply fill out the Toolbar's form first, with your name, address, and any other info you'd likely have to enter at a web site. (You can even save your credit card number—password-protected, of course.) When you get to a site with, say, a registration form, click a button, and wham! The form is filled out. The free RoboForm does an even better job, automatically logging you into many sites, remembering much more information (it functions as a password manager, too), and working with any browser, not just Internet Explorer. Get it at http://www.roboform.com.


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