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.