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Up your 1Password-fu with keyboard shortcuts

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I don’t know about you, but constantly typing my login details is not my favourite part about visiting websites, and digging for my credit cards, then typing all those details takes all the fun out of shopping.

Fortunately, 1Password and some handy keyboard shortcuts are happy to save you a ton of time with all these less-than-thrilling parts of being online, so you can spend more time on the stuff that matters.

1Password’s bread ‘n butter

One of our best, long-standing shortcuts is Command-\ (for PC users, Command = Control). This game-changer instantly fills and submits your Login for the current page, so you get in and get going with a single shortcut. If you have more than one Login for the page, a 1Password menu will list them all so you can arrow up and down, then hit Return on the one you need.

Of course, many standard computing shortcuts work for 1Password, too: Command-N will create a new item for you, Command-E will edit an existing item, and Command-S will save the edits.

Fill forms with the 1Password menu

“Password” might be in the app’s name, but 1Password also fills things like registration forms and shopping carts. First, you’ll want to open the main 1Password app and create a couple Identities and Credit Card items.

Then, on a page with a form you want to fill, press Command-Option-\ (Control-Alt-\ on PC) to display the 1Password menu. There you can arrow to the Identities or Credit Cards section, arrow right to find the item you need, and hit Return to sign up for a new service or checkout online faster than you can say “Siri, remind me to review our monthly budget.”

Switch vaults (Mac)

switching vaults

switching vaults

We introduced Multiple Vaults in 1Password 4 for Mac, allowing you to securely share and sync items with a team at work, your family members, and monthly D&D squad.

Each vault gets a numbered keyboard shortcut. To switch between them, open the 1Password app or 1Password mini’s menu in your browser and use Command-2 for your second vault, Command-3 for the next, etc. Command-1 is always your primary, personal vault.

Lock 1Password

Control-Option-Command-L on your Mac or Control-L on your PC will lock 1Password and keep it safe from any prying eyes.

Copy an item’s password

Command-Shift-C on your Mac in 1Password or 1Password mini, Control-Shift-C on your PC in 1Password, to copy the password for the selected item.

Reveal a password

If you’re a cautious sort and prefer to keep your passwords safely obscured behind dots, simply hold down the Option key on your Mac, or Control-R on your PC to sneak a peek at the password.

The whole enchilada

Find the full list of keyboard shortcuts for 1Password 4 for Mac here and 1Password 4 for Windows here.

1Password keyboard shortcuts for the Mac and PC power user in all of us

photo via pj_vanf

photo via pj_vanf

Let’s face it, we call them keyboard “shortcuts” for a reason. Shortcuts help you get from point A to point B faster, and in your daily work and play on a computer, you have a lot of point As and Bs. Fortunately, 1Password is packed with quite a few shortcuts to help, so here are some of our favorites for Mac and PC.

Mac

  • Command-\ – A staple of any shortcut fan, this triggers the 1Password browser extension to AutoFill and AutoSubmit your Login for the current site. If you have multiple Logins for the current site, the extension displays them together at the top. From there you can arrow up and down, then press Return to AutoFill and get in
  • Option-Command-\ – This triggers the browser extension, but no AutoFill or AutoSubmit. This allows you to use some other shortcuts listed below (you can customize these two extension trigger shortcuts under Preferences)
  • Type to Find – While viewing any list in the browser extension (Logins, Credit Cards, Identities), you can type a couple letters of the item you want. If it’s a Login, you can arrow to it and hit Return to open the website, AutoFill, and AutoSubmit to log right in. How’s that for saving some time?
  • Tab – In the browser extension, this cycles through the main sections—Logins, Credit Cards, Identities, Strong Password Generator, Settings
  • Right/Left Arrow – With an item selected in the browser extension (a Login or Credit Card), the right arrow will show its details. Use the Left Arrow to get back out to the list
  • Option-Command-C – In 1Password for Mac, this copies the password for the selected Login to your clipboard
  • Option – In 1Password for Mac, this will reveal the password field(s) in any item including Account items like Email Account, Server, and Database. Hold it to view passwords, let go to obfuscate them again with those little dots
  • Command-E – In 1Password for Mac, this switches to Edit mode for the currently selected item. Use it a second time to save the item, confirm your changes, and switch out of edit mode

PC

  • Ctrl+\ – Triggers the browser extension to AutoFill and AutoSubmit a Login. On a German keyboard layout, this shortcut defaults to Ctrl+#
  • Ctrl+R: In 1Password for Windows, this reveals the password(s) for the currently selected item. Hold to view, let go to conceal
  • F2: In 1Password for Windows, this changes the selected folder name
  • Enter/Return: In 1Password for Windows, this will edit a Login item or, depending on your preferences, open login item’s URL in web browser
  • Ctrl+C: In 1Password for Windows, the 1st time you press it will copy the Login item’s password to the clipboard. Press it again, and it will copy the login item’s username to the clipboard

How’d I do? Be honest. Did I miss your favorite shortcut? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or in our forum and I can update the post with a shout out to you!

1Password for Windows tips: Control your clipboard, run in the system tray, quickly reveal passwords

1Password for Windows sports a whole bunch of customizability to fit into your workflow. But since I don’t want to throw so much awesome at you all at once, I’d like to highlight just a few of its perks—for now.

Control your clipboard

1Password has a handy “Copy to Clipboard” button next to many of the important things, such as passwords, that you might want to manually paste into other apps. But by default, 1Password is designed to protect those secure items from falling into the wrong text boxes by clearing your clipboard after 90 seconds or once you exit the app, whichever comes first.

But is 90 seconds too long of a window? Do you keep 1Password open all day and prefer it to clear your clipboard on minimize, not exit? Or maybe you want 1Password to get out of your way immediately after using the Copy to Clipboard button. You can control all of these behaviors by opening 1Password’s preferences and visiting the Security pane.

Run in the System Tray

Some people just prefer the system tray, and 1Password is happy to oblige. If you open the Preferences > General pane, you’ll see two System Tray options. The first allows you to enable the System Tray icon to begin with, while the second lets you minimize 1Password to the System Tray and hide it entirely from the taskbar.

Reveal passwords quickly

Sometimes you just need a quick glance at a password or other sensitive piece of information, maybe for a quick review or perhaps to confirm you need to update it using our Strong Password Generator. Whatever the case, when you have a Login or other item selected that has hidden information,  just hit Control-R to briefly unveil what it is. When you let go of that shortcut, your information will once again be hidden.