1Password for Mac Tip: One-click to tidy up your vault

Passwords mingling with LoginsYour 1Password 4 for Mac vault is probably filled with a collection of website Logins, Secure Notes, reward program memberships, and more. There may also be a number of Generated Password items too, and some of them might be redundant because they were turned into Logins. If you want a simple way to clean up these redundant items (and an explanation for why they’re there), here’s a quick trick you can use.

Simply unlock 1Password with your Master Password, then go to Help > Tools > Remove Redundant Generated Passwords. You’ll get a prompt like the one below, telling you how many items were found and offering the chance to back out.

Trash redundant duplicates

Note: I have over 1,500 items, so your results may vary :)

If you click Move to Trash, 1Password will do your bidding. To err on the side of caution, 1Password does not automatically empty the Trash, so you have one last opportunity to recover any you might need.

The backstory, if you’re curious

Erring on the side of caution is the reason these redundant Generated Password items are around in the first place. In many cases, we can detect when a Generated Password item becomes a Login, and we automatically convert the item to get it out of your way.

Bonus Tip: click any Generated Password item, then click the Convert to Login button at the bottom to perform this process manually.

However, in some cases, we can’t detect this Password –> Login process. Instead of guessing wrongly and deleting an item that you actually need, we play it safe and keep them around. But with this Remove Redundant Generated Passwords tool, we gave you a choice and a quick way to do some spring vault cleaning.