Chrome will autofill some user/password fields completely. In others, it will wait until you specify a username, at which point it completes the password.
Is it possible to make Chrome complete the username and password by default?
This happens to me as well in Firefox.
The reason is, it can remember as many credentials as you like, on as many sites as you want - however, it only fills in the username and password field IF you only have one stored credential for that site.
I have not seen a workaround or any way to set a single credential to be the default, but the way around this is simply to go to Settings... and delete any additional credentials for the same site.
The next time you visit the site, it should automatically fill out the correct fields for you without manually having to select the username.
-I hope this helps, I have tested it for you inside a virtual machine and I can confirm this behaviour on an older version of Chrome, but the latest version (just installed from Ninite) does not have this.
In addition, some sites have smart systems that randomise the field names such as Hotmail/Passport/Live, so it possible that Chrome simply doesn't understand where to put the information, but once you type the username, it knows and puts the password in the next.
I think Brendan is right. Chrome seems to look for a field whose name is "username" along with the password field. If the username field is missing, nothing gets filled in. Also, if the username field has some other name, such as "ID", or if the username field is on a separate page from the password field, it probably won't fill in the name.
Firefox does a much better job of recognizing when username and or password fields need to be filled in or at least completed. This is certainly an area where Chrome could be improved.
Chrome's basic AutoFill feature will be sufficient for most people, but for some people (like myself) it was sorely lacking. Hence, I created my own Autofill form filler extension. This extension has been working for a lot of people, so maybe it'll work for you also:
You will definitely have more power and control than Chrome's built-in autofill, and it will require one less click to autofill (zero clicks, actually -- no more having to select from a menu to initiate the autofill!).
I recommend KeePass, a free open source (and portable) password safe/manager.
Auto-Type, Global Auto-Type Hot Key and Drag&Drop
Needless to say that it's much safer using KeePass than storing usernames and passwords in the password manager of a web browser.
Another, more general tip, if you're want to autofill forms: I'm using PhaseExpress, which works everywhere and far more accurate than the autofill feature of any web browser.
The unique text prediction feature automatically recognizes input of repetitive phrases and auto-complete them on demand.
Just install and launch PhraseExpress and forget about it. It will start learning your personal writing style and soon begin to offer to auto-complete phrases:
Autotext in any Program
PhraseExpress takes words, sentences and phrases that you commonly use in documents or computer programs and allows you to create text abbreviations for them.
When such abbreviation is typed, PhraseExpress finds the matching long word or phrase and enters it in the document for you:
PhraseExpress is a great relief for users who do a lot of typing. once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever did without. :)
PhraseExpress is free for personal use, a portable version is available.
I'm fairly certain it depends on the website author. Chrome doesn't know it's a username and password field unless that is the name in the html code (i.e. <input type="text" name="username" />)
If two fields match a pattern, that would explain why it fills in the password after you've given a username.
I know that this is not a good fix but I would try LastPass. It's a password manager that works on multiple browsers and I find it does a much better job than chrome itself with autocompleting. I too have your problem in chrome, and like Wil said I have the problem in Firefox aswell. Give lastpass a try, you will like it!