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.

1Password Tips: use our built-in browser on iPhone and iPad

1Password Pro iconWe’ve been getting questions lately on how to add a 1Password button to Mobile Safari for iPhone and iPad. While I may have a little bit of bad news about that, I’m happy to say I have good news too. In fact, I think it’s great news about a really handy feature built right into 1Password that can save you quite a bit of time.

To cut to the chase, we can’t add our spiffy little 1Password button to Mobile Safari because Apple isn’t really feeling the extension vibe on iOS just yet. Have you noticed how you can’t add buttons for Evernote, Instapaper, or any of the other neat tools you can find in the desktop Safari Extensions Gallery? Fortunately, constraint breeds innovation. Since we can’t bring 1Password to Mobile Safari on iPhone and iPad yet, our masterful developer ninjas decided to bring some Safari to 1Password.

If you need to log into a site on your iPhone or iPad, you can, of course:

  • manually type the site URL into Mobile Safari
  • double-tap your Home button to switch to 1Password
  • find the Login item
  • tap the password, then tap copy
  • double-tap your Home button again to switch back to Safari
  • paste the password
  • go on about your way

Or you could save yourself some tapping and switching and swiping and just tap the URL of your Login item. Yeah, you read that right: we built a browser right into 1Password for iPhone and iPad.

1Password will spring open a built-in browser to open the login page, into which it should fill your credentials. In case you need to give it a hand, tap the world icon in 1Password’s browser toolbar to copy and paste anything you need. Otherwise, you can tap the site’s sign in button and go on about your business right inside 1Password, no app switching required.

You can see some examples of this stuff in action in the gallery I embedded above. Naturally, we never stop thinking about ways to improve 1Password, so let us know what you think in the forums. For now, though, I hope 1Password’s built-in browser for iPhone and iPad can save you some time while getting things done on-the-go.

Alfred 1.2 for Mac is out with 1Password 1Click Bookmark superpowers!

Remember how Alfred, the excellent productivity utility from Running With Crayons, integrated 1Password 1Click Bookmarks in a recent beta? We’re happy to say those crazy colorers wrapped up the beta, and Alfred 1.2 is out!

If you use Alfred and you have its PowerPack which adds some great extra features, you can now quickly browse your 1Password Logins right inside Alfred, then open one to login with your default browser—all with a couple strokes of your keyboard no matter what app you’re using. Simply invoke Alfred, type “1p,” hit Return on the “1Password Bookmark ‘…'” option, and type a couple letters of the Login you have in mind. Then hit Return and watch the magic happen.

Use the 1P trigger in Alfred to get to your 1Password logins quickly!

This has been one of Alfred’s most popular feature requests for a while, and we’re honored that they put this together so well. Alfred 1.2 is a free update from Running With Crayons for website customers who have the PowerPack add-on (sorry, Mac App Store Alfred users, but Apple doesn’t allow the tech in the store that powers this 1Password+Alfred integration). Just grab the update, open Alfred’s preferences, and check out the new 1Password sidebar item for a powerful and quick new way to open your 1Password Logins!