Auto-fill on page load in new tab

Hi everyone,

I’m using Microsoft Edge browser (I’ve also experienced on Chrome) and when I open any website in new tab, the Auto-fill on page load feature is not working properly. If I want this feature to work properly, then I need to switch the page before the page I open in the new tab loads.

Is there a solution for this?


Hello @Blitzift and welcome to the community,

Thanks for the post, I was able to replicate this on my end as well.
I don’t typically utilize auto-fill on page load, but I understand many users do. I have seen some similar behavior under some other conditions.

Typically though when auto-fill is having issues, simply refresh the page or use F5 function key to reload the page. This appears to have reloaded the tab and successfully allows for auto-fill on page load to work in the newly opened tab.

Another tip you may wish to use, in the case you open a page in a new tab and auto-fill on page load fails to work. You can also utilize keyboard shortcuts, using Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + L and this will fill the credentials in the new tab as well without needing to refresh the page.


Hi @cksapp ,

Firstly, thank you for your reply.

I know both ways to auto-fill to credentials on the page and usually I prefer to use customized keyboard shortcuts. But I’m wondering if Bitwarden can resolve this issue.

Hey @Blitzift can you open up a ticket with the official support team at

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This behaviour happens because BitWarden decides if it should auto-fill upon initially loading the page content.

Source: clients/autofiller.ts at 504e6202ab69901c2bb16610398edbe48b9ab541 · bitwarden/clients · GitHub

This generates an event which is later consumed by running “auto fill on current tab”.
So any non-focused tabs get skipped.

Source: clients/runtime.background.ts at 504e6202ab69901c2bb16610398edbe48b9ab541 · bitwarden/clients · GitHub

This could probably be overcome by listening to a “focus” event - in addition to the existing “content loaded” event.

I spent most of this afternoon trying to understand why this problem exists. I can probably spend some time submitting a pull request another day. Or I’d be happy if someone more familiar with the repo could take it on.

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