I already read up on the answer as to how to remove the eye symbol (for password peek) from Windows 8. It also mentioned that since Windows 8's launch, the eye symbol also appeared on Windows 7, which is what I have.

The Windows 8 method uses the Local Group Policy editor in gpedit.msc, but I don't have that on Windows 7. So how do I remove it from Windows 7?

  • Does it show up in all password fields, or just IE10?
    – Kruug
    Apr 5 '13 at 18:36
  • Which eye symbol?
    – Diogo
    Apr 5 '13 at 18:38
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    @Diogo - I assume it's the Password Reveal "eye". Only on Windows 8 (built in windows programs) and IE10 (7/8). OP - Please update with confirm or correction :)
    – nerdwaller
    Apr 5 '13 at 18:44

You definitely can, but you need administrator rights.

Manual Way

  1. Type Win + R
  2. Type regedit
  3. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. The key probably doesn't exist, so you would need to make it:

Add the IE Key Add IE Key

Add the Main Key Add Main Key

Create a 32bit DWORD Add DWORD

Enter the modify menu (right click on DWORD) Modify Menu

Set the value to 1, click okay. Set Value to 1

Automatic Way

  1. Open Notepad.exe
  2. Add this to the file:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
       [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
  3. Save it as DisablePwPeekW7.reg

  4. Double click the file you just made, accept. Login and verify.

Automatic Way (Easiest)

  1. Download my pre-made *.reg file: here

  2. Double click wherever you saved the file, Accept to add the key.

  3. Verify it worked.

Tested on Windows 7 Ultimate x64, worked perfectly.

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    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main" /v DisablePasswordReveal /t REG_DWORD /d 1
    – user1686
    Apr 5 '13 at 20:31

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