Extension Tip: Keyboard shortcuts aplenty

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Photo credit: Anderson Mancini

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to jumpstart your week with copious amounts of coffee or tea and some great keyboard shortcuts for our new browser extension!

One of the great things about this new extension format is that it’s much friendlier to both mouse cowboys and keyboard ninjas. We’ve had great feedback from mouse users in our forum, so I wanted to post some tips to help you Live By The Keyboard types to get around in the extension more quickly. Keep in mind, though, that the tips below are written assuming that you have AutoSubmit enabled in the extension’s Settings panel, which is at the bottom of the list.

1Password Extension 101

A refresher course on two of our long-standing default shortcuts couldn’t hurt: Command + \ still opens the 1Password browser extension and displays any available Logins for the current page, while Command + Option + \ takes you straight to All Logins (ProTip: you can customize those shortcuts by going to 1Password > Preferences > Logins).

If your selection is on a Login in the “Logins for this page” panel, the Return key will AutoFill that Login into the current browser tab and AutoSubmit it. If you hit Return on a Login on the All Logins panel, you can sit back and watch 1Password open a new browser tab, take you to that Login’s URL, AutoFill your Login, then AutoSubmit.

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Our new extension has some new shortcuts up its sleeve, too. You can hit Tab and Shift-Tab to cycle down and up (respectively) through the different item sections (Logins for this page, All Logins, Wallet, Identities, Strong Password Generator, and Settings).

When you find the section you want to browse, the up and down arrow keys will let you browse through your items. The right arrow key will let you view the details of the currently selected item, while the left arrow key will—wait for it—get you back out to the item list. In any list of items you can begin typing to instantly filter those items.

If you’re done using the extension but prefer to keep your hands on F and J, a quick flick of the Escape key will dismiss the 1Password extension popover and let you get on about your business.

Extra Credit

While we do not currently have a keyboard shortcut to lock the extension, you can certainly click the lock icon at the bottom of the popover. If you really want a keyboard shortcut, though, you could set up a utility like Alfred, LaunchBar, or anything else that can run Terminal commands with this:

open x-onepassword-agent://extension/lock

Bind a keyboard shortcut for it and enjoy the system-wide convenience of locking your browser extension no matter which app you’re in.

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I hope these tips can help you enjoy 1Password to its fullest potential: helping you to get in, Login, and get back to what you’re doing as quickly as possible.

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