KeePass – Getting Started on Windows

KeePass – Getting Started on Windows
KeePass – Getting Started on Windows
1. Create the Initial Password Database Run
KeePass Select File  New
With Windows 7 and 10 the default location
will be Libraries  Documents
Select this or an alternate, known location and
enter a file name.
Create Composite Master Key
You will be prompted to create your master
Enter a unique password or a short phrase (i.e.
“pass phrase” instead of “password”).
Enter the password or pass phrase a second
A pass phrase can be easier to remember!
Database Settings
Database name: Enter a name
Database Description: Optionally enter a
description for this database.
Default User Name: Enter your most
commonly used User Name.
If you are a heavy user of web accounts – this
is likely an email address.
Click OK
KeePass will display the main user interface
window (see below).
2. Create the Initial Password Database (continued) Main Window
KeePass will create two sample account entries for you.
3. Testing KeePass
To test KeePass:
• Right-Click on the 2nd entry, Select URL(s)  Open
• Alternatively – simply double-click on the URL cell for the entry.
KeePass will open the KeePass Help Center Test Form in your web browser.
4. Testing KeePass (continued)
Drag and Drop the User Name (Michael321) to the User Name field
Drag and Drop the Password to the Password field
Click Submit on the Web Form
You should see the Message from webpage dialog
Editing an Entry
Now Click Reset on the Web Form.
Switch to the KeePass window and double click on
Sample Entry #2.
This will bring up the edit window. Update the User
Name and Password.
Then try the above test again.
Testing Autotype
Click Reset on the Web Form.
Click in the Name field of the Web Form.
Change to the KeePass window
Right-click on the account entry and select Perform Auto-Type.
KeePass should automatically enter the User Name and Password and activate the Submit button.
The values typed by the Auto-Type feature can be customized for each account by editing the entry and
selecting the Auto-Type Tab.
5. Entering Accounts
Return to the main KeePass window:
To add a user account: Select Edit  Add Entry, or simply click the
For the specific web site, enter the following:
User Name:
Your User name
Your Password
Your Password again
The address of the web page
An easy way to get the URL is to:
• Go to the website in your browser
• Right click on the address bar
• Select Copy.
• Then paste it into the URL field of KeePass.
(See example below)
6. Entries without URLs
KeePass also supports entry of a password for non-web based accounts. By double-clicking on an entry, KeePass will
copy the password for that entry into the clipboard of your computer for 12 seconds. After that time your clipboard is
cleared so the password is not accidently pasted where it should not be. You can then ‘right-click’ in the password field
and select Paste or click in the field and press ‘CTRL+V’ to paste from the clipboard.
You may also ‘right-click’ on the entry for additional options
7. IMPORTANT! Be sure to Save any changes that you have made to your database or changes will be lost!
8. Portable KeePass
Once you have installed KeePass on your PC and set up your database of accounts, you can easily install a copy on a
USB drive. You can then plug this USB drive into any PC you are using and access your personal database of
websites, accounts and passwords!
Installing Portable KeePass
Download the zip archive containing the software ( from
Plug in your USB drive
Create a folder called KeePass on the USB drive.
Unzip the contents of the zip archive into the folder KeePass on the USB drive.
If you do not have an unzip utility – just double-click on the archive to open it, select and copy the contents,
then paste into folder KeePass on the USB drive.
Locate the database created on your PC (by default located in Libraries  Documents)
Copy the single database file to folder KeePass on the USB drive.
Using Portable KeePass
Navigate to folder KeePass on the USB drive
Double-Click on KeePass.exe
The first time you use portable KeePass it may not find the database.
Use the File  Open menu, navigate to folder KeePass on the USB drive, select and open the database.
For quicker access – place a shortcut to KeePass.exe in the root folder of the USB drive.
9. Additional Information
This guide describes only a very small subset of the features built into KeePass (© 2003-2013 Dominik Reichl) to
facilitate organizing your password database and effective use of the software. For further information:
Explore the menus and icons
Use the HELP Menu
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