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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Quick start
i. Requirements
ii. First launch
iii. Setting up browsers
iv. Saving a Login
v. Using a saved Login
vi. Changing a saved password
vii. Adding an Identity and a Credit Card
viii. Get started!
3. Introducing 1Password
i. The main 1Password program
ii. The browser extensions
iii. The notification area icon
4. Configuring 1Password
i. 1Password preferences
i. General tab
ii. Security tab
iii. Backup tab
iv. Browsers tab
v. Logins tab
vi. Auto-save tab
vii. Updates tab
viii. Network tab
ix. Warnings tab
x. View menu toggles
ii. Browser settings
iii. Third-party security software
5. Using 1Password
i. Registering 1Password
ii. Creating a strong password
iii. Syncing your 1Password data
i. Setting up Dropbox sync
ii. Syncing over Wi-Fi
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iii. Getting 1Password data from iOS
iv. Exporting data
v. Using Identities and Credit Cards
vi. Using Logins in the main program
vii. Creating an application Login
viii. Searching for items
ix. Using auto-type
x. Working with attachments
xi. Working with folders and tags
xii. Using the Security Audit items
xiii. Using Secure Desktop
xiv. Using custom icons
xv. Customizing item types
xvi. Creating a new vault
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Welcome to 1Password 4 for Windows
1Password creates unique and unguessable passwords for every site where you have
an account, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single key combination.
It’s simply the safest and easiest way to use the web. 1Password can store nearly
anything you want kept safe, like credit card and identity information, and help you use
that information securely in online forms.
Everything in your 1Password vault is protected by a master password known only to
you. Just remember your master password—1Password will remember the rest.
This user guide is also available as a downloadable eBook.
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Quick start
This section provides what we believe is the very least information with which you can
be successful using 1Password 4 for Windows.
Requirements
The first time you run 1Password
Setting up browsers
Saving a Login
Using a saved Login
Changing a saved password
Adding an Identity and a Credit Card
Please see the rest of the user’s guide for even more useful information.
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Requirements
Operating systems
1Password 4 for Windows has been tested and is supported on Windows PCs running:
Windows 10
Windows 8.x
Windows 7.x
Notes:
The 1Password installer requires "admin" rights to complete the installation, and you
may need to restart Windows after installation is complete. (You don't need to be
logged in to an admin account to use 1Password, though.)
1Password 4 for Windows is a Desktop-mode program.
Web Browsers
The 1Password extensions are tested for compatibility with only the current “stable”
(non-beta) versions of these web browsers:
Internet Explorer
Firefox
Chrome
Safari
1Password may continue to work with older versions of these browsers, as well.
Use of 1Password with the following browsers is accommodated, in the sense that you
can install the extension in these browsers, and the 1Password helper will allow it to
communicate with the main 1Password program:
Opera
Yandex
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WhiteHat Aviator
Comodo Dragon
Waterfox
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The first time you run 1Password
Downloading and running the installer
1. Log into Windows using an account that has administrator privileges. 1Password
needs “admin rights” so it can create the necessary Registry entries.
2. In your favorite web browser, visit the download page.
3. Under “1Password for Windows”, click the Download button.
4. When the download is complete, run the installer (1Password-4.x.x.exe).
5. At the prompt, leave Yes, restart the computer now enabled, and click the Finish
button.
Note: You won’t need to restart the computer for future updates that you obtain through
the Help menu or through automatic update.
Launching 1Password
Log in to Windows using any account you like, and run 1Password.
If it finds one vault in your Dropbox folder, 1Password will open that vault. Use your
Master Password to unlock it.
If it finds multiple vaults in your Dropbox folder, 1Password will offer you a list. Choose
the vault you wish to open, and use your Master Password to unlock it.
If if finds no vaults in your local Dropbox folder hierarchy, or if you don’t have Dropbox
installed, 1Password will present three options.
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Which option should you choose?
I am new to 1Password
Choose the I am new to 1Password option to create a new 1Password vault.
By default, 1Password will name the vault 1Password.agilekeychain and store it in a new
1Password folder it creates in your Documents folder.
Creating a Master Password
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Type in a Master Password that will be easy for you to remember, hard for anyone else
to guess, and not too difficult for you to type. The dialog box shows how well you’re
doing, and it makes sure you type the same Master Password both times.
Caution: Your Master Password is stored only within your 1Password data. We have no
way of resetting or restoring it, because such a method would be a “back door” through
which someone could get unauthorized access to your 1Password data.
I have used 1Password before
Choose the I have used 1Password before option to open an existing 1Password
vault.
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Use the dialog box to locate and select the existing vault. It’ll have a name that ends with
the .agilekeychain or .opvault extension.
To unlock the selected vault, enter its Master Password.
Restore 1Password Vault from Backup
Choose the Restore 1Password Vault from Backup option to restore 1Password data
from a backup file you created using its built-in backup function.
Select the .agilekeychain_zip or .agilekeychain_backup file you want to restore.
At the prompt, enter the Master Password that you were using when the selected
backup was created.
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Setting up browsers
1Password extensions for your installed supported web browsers may be enabled by
opening File > Preferences > Browsers in the main 1Password application.
Internet Explorer
Check the box next to Microsoft Internet Explorer to enable the 1Password extensions
for IE.
Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera
1. Click the Install button next to the browser in which you want to use 1Password.
1Password will launch that browser and display the extension download page.
2. Optionally, click the Enable betas link.
3. Click the big, green Install button.
Once the extension is installed, you can see the version number on the install button
(on the Browsers tab of 1Password preferences), and you can click the button again to
switch between the beta and stable versions of the extension.
Tip: It’s a good idea to disable your browsers’ built-in password saving and form filling
features so that you’ll always know it’s 1Password that’s protecting your data and
making your Logins available across all your 1Password-enabled browsers and
platforms.
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Saving a Login
The easiest way to save a Login item is to visit the web sites you already use, and let
1Password do the work for you:
1. In your 1Password-enabled browser, visit the login page on a website where you
have an account.
2. Enter your username and password, and submit the form.
3. 1Password will offer to save a new Login item.
Note: Some forms just refuse to cooperate. If you need to save a Login item by hand for
some reason, please read the article on manually saving a Login in our online
knowledgebase.
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Using a saved Login
The easiest way to use a saved Login item is through the “Go & Fill" feature of the
1Password browser extensions:
1. In your 1Password-enabled browser, click on the 1Password button on the
browser’s toolbar (or press Ctrl+).
2. In the extension menu, choose Logins, and navigate the folders to find the Login for
the site you want to visit.
3. Click on the Login item for that site. 1Password directs the browser to the saved
URL, enters the saved username and password, and (optionally) submits the form.
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Changing a saved password
One of the key benefits of using 1Password is to replace your old, re-used, easy-toguess passwords with new, strong, unguessable passwords.
Changing your password on a web site involves two steps: you have to tell the web site
about the new password, and you have to save the new password in 1Password. Don’t
worry, though—1Password makes it easier than that might sound.
1. Use your existing Login to log in to the web site.
2. Go to the site’s “change password” form (typically under My Account, Settings, or
something similar).
3. If the “change password” form requires that you enter your current (old) password:
4. Click on the 1Password button on the browser’s toolbar.
5. Locate your existing Login item for the site.
6. Click on the Password field’s value to copy the current password to the clipboard.
7. Click in the “old password” field on the form, and press Ctrl+V.
8. Click on the 1Password button on the browser’s toolbar again, and choose
Password Generator.
9. Use the controls (shown above) to create exactly the kind of password required by
the site.
10. Click the Copy icon next to the strength indicators; then click the OK button.
1Password should enter the strong password in the “new password” and “confirm
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password” fields; otherwise, you can paste it in yourself.
11. Submit the site’s “change password” form.
12. 1Password will offer to update the password in your existing Login for that site.
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Adding an Identity and a Credit Card
You’ll get even more out of 1Password by letting it do other repetitive tasks for you.
Once you’ve created an Identity item and a Credit Card item, you won’t have to type in
your personal and financial details online again—just click the 1Password button in your
browser’s toolbar, and choose the item you want to use to fill the form.
1. In the main 1Password program, click on the New Item tool.
2. Choose the type of item you want to create:
3. Identity
4. Wallet Item > Credit Card
5. Fill in as much information as you want to make available for 1Password to use
online (or that you want to have available as a record for your own use).
6. Give the item a name, such as “Personal”, “Office Address”, or “Debit Card”, that will
make it easily identifiable when you need it.
7. Save the new item to make it available in your 1Password-enabled browsers.
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Get started!
You've completed the Quick Start guide and are ready to use 1Password! You'll find
even more information in the rest of the guide:
Introducing 1Password Read about the main program, the browser extensions, and
the optional helper menu in the system tray.
Configuring 1Password Read about application preferences, options in the View
menu, and more.
Using 1Password Read about the many other useful features beyond those you’ve set
up so far.
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Introducing 1Password
1Password gives you the security you need in today’s online world without slowing you
down. 1Password makes you more productive while simultaneously increasing your
security with strong, unique passwords for all your accounts.
Keeping you safe. 1Password has been protecting people for nearly a decade.
1Password 4 builds upon this rich history to bring you the best possible security with
unmatched productivity.
Security made beautiful. 1Password 4 has been rewritten from pixel to bit to give you
the best possible experience, wrapped in an updated UI.
Saving you time. 1Password makes it simple to use strong and unique passwords.
Being secure with 1Password is easier than being at risk using passwords that are weak
enough to remember and type manually.
Strong Password Generator
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Don’t expose your sensitive accounts and waste time with weak passwords. Let
1Password create and save incredibly strong, unique passwords for every site, app,
program, and service.
Every password is unique. A single click gives you a random, incredibly strong new
password you can save for a new account or use in a program like iTunes or Skype.
Security made simple. All your passwords are saved in 1Password, ready to be
automatically filled when needed. It’s the simplest way to protect yourself from password
reuse, data breaches, and PML (Password Memory Loss).
Add your own password ingredients. Not all password requirements are created
equal. The Password Recipe enables you to generate fantastically long passwords
customized to your heart’s content.
Browser integration
A single click can open your browser, take you to a site, fill in your username and
password, and log you in. It’s the fastest way to work or play.
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Fluent in browser-ese. 1Password extensions provide easy access to all your
1Password data directly within your favorite web browser. Supports Safari, Chrome,
Firefox, and Opera.
Go & fill & save your time. Launch your favorite sites, and automatically sign in with a
single click. Save even more time by having 1Password automatically submit for you.
Save even more-er time by allowing 1Password to automatically save new Logins.
Type less, get more done. One click can automatically fill out long, tedious signup
forms or shipping and credit card details when you’re shopping online. 1Password will
save you so much time, you’ll need a new app to track it all.
Synchronization
1Password can sync your data across all your devices automatically through Dropbox or
manually over a temporary Wi-Fi connection with 1Password on your mobile device, so
your data is never out of your hands.
Dropbox. Sync between a wide variety of devices and platforms with your Dropbox
account.
Wi-Fi. Sync Windows, iOS, and Android locally. Your data never leaves your network.
New stronger vault
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Our expertise in security is combined with our commitment to make your life easier. With
1Password, the easy way to behave is the secure way.
More secure. Privacy for modern times. 1Password is thoroughly encrypted to remain
secure at all times. Only you know what you do with 1Password, and only you know
what data you have in your vault.
Exceeds security requirements:
Tamper-proof authenticated encryption
AES-256 using Encrypt-then-MAC
Openly published security design
Decrypted data is never written to disk
GPU-resistant PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA512
Convenience is security. With 1Password, you can use strong, unique passwords
everywhere—the way passwords were meant to be.
Beyond passwords
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Like a 21st-century digital wallet, no paper required, 1Password provides a
comprehensive set of beautiful, simple tools that help you go paperless and keep all
your vital information secure and just a click away.
Slim your wallet. Your 1Password vault has many tailored categories. Store your credit
cards, reward programs, membership cards, and more.
Protect your identity. Store your entire life in 1Password. Add bank accounts,
passports, wills, investments, and more—your life, secured.
Secure your sticky notes. Stop using sticky notes for private information you don’t
want others to see. Secure Notes let you store this information in the privacy and
security of your 1Password vault.
Organize
1Password keeps your vault tidy on its own, but you can always go hands-on. Favorites,
Folders, and Tags help you focus on tasks and save time searching and scrolling.
Favorites. Mark your most important or frequently used items for quick access and sync
this list between all your devices.
Folders. Create as many folders as you want to hold your items, just like folders in a
filing cabinet.
Tags. Add as many tags as you like to an item, giving you another dimension of
organization.
1Password power in the notification area
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Small icon, big possibilities. With the “show in notification area” option enabled, you
can click on the 1Password icon in the system tray (the notification area) to launch
1Password. Right-click the icon to switch vaults, generate a strong password, or set
options.
Multiple vaults
Multiple vaults. Keep your information organized by creating multiple vaults to separate
client work, archive old logins, and keep personal information personal.
Easy, secure sharing. Create additional vaults and share them securely with your
family or team members. Automatic syncing keeps everyone up to date.
Endless opportunities to share:
Business logins with your co-workers
Personal information with your spouse/partner
Encryption keys with your dev team
Estate planning with loved ones
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Sharing items
When sharing an entire vault is more than you need, you can share individual items.
Teamwork by E-mail. You can share any type of 1Password item with people you trust
via e-mail. If your recipient makes changes to the items and shares them back to you,
1Password will update your existing copy.
Security Audit
Understand and improve your security.
Security at a glance. 1Password can show all your items with weak and duplicated
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passwords, so you know which ones to fortify and update.
Password Strength. Get a quick look at the strength of your Login passwords on the fly,
then update them as you see fit.
Eliminate duplicates. Nothing puts you at bigger risk than reusing passwords. Quickly
find duplicate passwords and replace them with strong, unique ones.
Cope with website vulnerabilities. Find out what sites were affected, check their
current status, and determine which of your Logins need new passwords.
Works Everywhere
Supports multiple platforms. 1Password for Windows has siblings for Mac, iPhone,
iPad, and Android. We’ve got you covered.
Supports multiple browsers. 1Password supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox,
Safari, and Opera.
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The main 1Password program
Notes:
The Category and Folder areas are collectively referred to as the sidebar.
Display of the Favorites, Generated Passwords, and Security Audit items is toggled
on the View menu.
The Folder area also includes the Trash and the built-in All and Unassigned folders.
The built-in Unassigned folder contains any items you haven’t assigned to folders
you’ve created.
In the list area, click on a column heading to sort the listed items by the values in
that column. Click again to reverse the sort order.
In the details area, click on the Attachment, Favorite, Share, Edit, and Delete icons
to perform the related functions; click on the Copy, Auto-Type, and Reveal icons
(next to the username and password fields) to perform those functions.
Menu commands
File
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Note that the Reopen 1Password Vault command displays the same “recently used”
list as the Open 1Password Vault tool at the far left end of the 1Password toolbar.
Tip: Vaults in the list are reordered as you open them, so pressing Ctrl+2 allows you to
alternate between two vaults.
Edit
Note that the Copy and Paste commands work with selected text. To create a copy of a
selected item, use the Duplicate command.
In the details area, you can also copy the value of any of the designated URLs, the
designated username, or any password-type field for the selected item.
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Backup
Note that you can configure automatic periodic backups on the Backup tab of
1Password preferences.
View
Toggle display of optional categories and Security Audit items in the sidebar. Toggle the
addition of a “Folder” column in the list area when you select the built-in All folder.
Disabling the Wallet or Accounts items causes 1Password to replace that group to
show with any categories in which you’ve saved at least one item. For example, if the
Wallet group lists two Credit Card items and a Driver’s License item, then disabling the
Wallet item causes the Credit Card and Driver’s License categories to appear in the
sidebar, in place of the Wallet group.
Note that the Conceal Passwords command works differently from the other toggles in
this menu. It’s a “negative logic” control: You enable this toggle to hide passwords; you
disable this toggle to see passwords.
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Tip: When the Conceal Passwords toggle is enabled, you can press Ctrl+R to get a
quick peek at a password.
Language
1Password is currently distributed with English and Dutch versions of the user interface.
More languages will be added as quickly as resources allow.
Help
New version check
Note that you can configure automatic periodic checks for new versions on the Updates
tab of 1Password preferences.
Multiple users
Enabling the Allow Terminal Services and Citrix toggle command allows
simultaneous, independent use by two or more people of the 1Password browser
extension on a single Microsoft or Citrix terminal server.
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“Tuning” 1Password
1Password is tuned for maximum performance by default.
Enabling this command actually configures 1Password for slower machines or very large
vaults by setting a handful of options that can tax a computer for various reasons.
View menu: disables Show Rich Icons
View menu: disables Show Password Strength
Displaying rich icons and password strength indicators requires decryption of every item
in the list area, which takes a little extra time.
View menu: disables Show Folder Name in All
General tab: disables Scan Dropbox directory for 1Password vaults
Scanning the Dropbox directory when 1Password launches takes a little extra time.
Logins tab: disables Lenient URL matching
Lenient URL matching requires decryption of every Login item in the vault, to evaluate
URLs for matches, which takes a little extra time.
extensions menu: sets Settings > Open Login In to Current Tab
Opening a new tab in Internet Explorer requires creation of a new process, which takes
a little extra time.
Important: If you disable the “tuning” command after having enabled it, 1Password does
not restore your previous settings; it simply returns all the options described above to
their default settings.
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The browser extensions
Click on the 1Password button in your browser’s tool bar to display the extension menu.
Tip: In Internet Explorer, the Current Tab option may yield slightly better response time
than the New Tab option.
In Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera:
The Settings menu includes an additional option: Animate Logins.
The “open in” submenu includes an additional option: New Window.
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Last generated password
This command (disabled if you’ve never used the password generator) copies the last
generated password to the clipboard and, if a form is currently displayed in the browser,
attempts to fill any password fields on the form with that last generated password.
URL matching
When you press Ctrl+\ in your 1Password-enabled browser:
If one Login matches the URL of the web page currently displayed, 1Password fills
(and optionally submits) the form.
If multiple Logins match the URL of the web page currently displayed, 1Password
displays a small menu near the pointer, from which you select the Login you want to
use.
If no Logins match the URL of the web page currently displayed, the extension
menu appears near the notification area icon, instead.
Copying data
In the extension menu, right-click on a Login, Credit Card, or Identity item to see a menu
of data fields you can copy.
You can also mark (or unmark) the item as a Favorite or open it in 1Password for editing
or to copy a different field.
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Searching
If the System Tray option is enabled on the General tab of 1Password preferences, you
can invoke the extension and simply begin typing to search for Login items.
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The notification area icon
Enabled
If the System Tray option is enabled on the General tab of 1Password preferences:
Clicking the "X" button in the top right corner of the 1Password window minimizes
1Password to the notification area, rather than to the Windows task bar. The main
1Password program is still running, as is the helper, so the 1Password icon is
displayed in the notification area.
To quit 1Password, choose File > Exit. The helper will remain running so that you can
continue to use 1Password features like the browser extension.
You can right-click the 1Password icon in the notification area (aka the system tray)
to gain access to some 1Password features.
For example, the Last Generated Password command (disabled if you haven’t used
the password generator) copies the last generated password to the clipboard and, if a
form is currently displayed in a 1Password-enabled browser that has focus, attempts to
fill any password fields on that form with the last generated password.
If a browser window is open, right-clicking on the system tray icon displays the full
extension menu.
You can also click on the icon to reopen the 1Password window.
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Disabled
If the System Tray option is disabled, clicking the “X” button (or choosing File > Exit)
terminates the main 1Password program.
Note that the helper is still running, even though the 1Password icon is not displayed in
the notification area.
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Configuring 1Password
1Password is simple to use but also very flexible. In this section of the guide, you can
learn about the various options you can configure to customize 1Password and make it
your own.
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1Password preferences
In the main 1Password program, click on the Preferences tool (or press Ctrl+P) to see
most options. Choose View to toggle the visibility of various elements.
General tab
Security tab
Backup tab
Browsers tab
Logins tab
Auto-save tab
Updates tab
Network tab
Warnings tab
View menu toggles
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General tab
1Password vault
This shows the location and name of your vault (the .agilekeychain or .opvault folder).
You can also switch to a different vault or move your vault to Dropbox.
If the Move to Dropbox button is disabled, it means one of the following things:
Your 1Password vault is already in your Dropbox folder.
There’s already a vault in your Dropbox folder with the same name as the one
you're trying to move.
For related information, see the article on moving your vault in our knowledgebase.
Dropbox scan
If you have Dropbox installed but your 1Password vault isn’t in Dropbox, 1Password will
look in your Dropbox folder for existing vaults. If it finds any, it will offer you the option of
using the Dropbox vault. It does this to help you choose your active vault, and to make it
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less likely that you will accidentally save your information in the wrong one. If scanning
the Dropbox directory on launch takes 1Password more time than you want to wait, you
can uncheck the box to disable this option.
Sounds
We think the sound 1Password makes when it locks and unlocks is charming. It also lets
you know when your data is protected. If it bothers you or your neighbor, though, you
can silence it.
System Tray
With this option enabled, you can right-click on the 1Password icon in the system tray
(a.k.a. the notification area) to get access to some 1Password features. You can click on
it to reopen the 1Password window. Enabling this option also changes the effect of
clicking the “close” icon (X) in the upper right corner of the 1Password window: it leaves
1Password running and accessible in the system tray; to quit 1Password, choose File >
Exit.
Note: The system tray icon represents the status of the 1Password helper, rather than
the main program. For that reason, you will in certain circumstances have to unlock the
main program even if the system tray icon shows the helper is unlocked and even if
you’ve unlocked your data in one of the extensions, though the helper does its best to
keep the lock states in lock-step.
Double-click
Normally, double-clicking a listed Login in 1Password opens the Login in an edit window;
but you can configure 1Password to open the Login’s URL in a preferred web browser,
instead. To do so, set the Double-click option to Open the URL in web browser.
1Password displays the browsers for which you’ve enabled the 1Password extension;
select the one in which you want to open the Login’s URL.
Note: Press Ctrl+\ or click the 1Password button in the browser’s toolbar to fill and
submit the login form.
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Security tab
Auto-Lock
By default, your 1Password vault is configured to lock itself automatically in certain
circumstances, such as when your PC is locked or after a specific period of system
inactivity. This security feature protects your data if you forget to lock 1Password
manually before walking away from the computer, for example.
In some environments, though, having the vault lock so often is an annoyance.
Fortunately, the vault-locking preferences are highly configurable.
See the Browsers tab for related settings.
Caution: The Lock when web browser is closed option normally locks only the helper
and thus the 1Password browser extensions. If you also want the main program to lock
when you close a web browser window, you must also enable the Universal Unlock
option on the Browsers tab.
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Master Password
Please see the article on choosing a Master Password in our knowledgebase.
Your new Master Password will be synced to your other devices running 1Password. If
you sync the vault to 1Password for iOS, though, you can continue using the old master
password to unlock it in 1Password for iOS, until the first time you use the new master
password; after that, only the new master password will unlock the vault in 1Password
for iOS.
Clipboard
Copying a username or password to the clipboard is a convenient way of pasting it into
web forms, should that prove necessary. Leaving that information in the clipboard,
though, could pose a security risk, so 1Password offers options to control whether and
when the contents of the clipboard should be cleared.
You can also specify whether 1Password should get out of the way when you copy a
username or password. This can make it easier to get back to the window into which you
want to paste the copied value.
Tip: You can’t enable both Minimize 1Password on Copy to the Clipboard and Clear
the clipboard on minimize; that would leave you with 1Password minimized and
nothing on the clipboard.
Never locking your data
There is no way to set the preferences so as to avoid locking altogether.
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Backup tab
Regular backups are important for all your data, but they’re critical for your Logins,
Credit Cards, Secure Notes, and other information stored in 1Password. When starting
over after a catastrophe, having easy access to your 1Password data on an up-to-date
backup up will allow you to get up and running more quickly.
It’s important to know, then, that backing up the 1Password program doesn’t back up
your 1Password data, which is stored separately from the program itself.
1Password automatically creates a backup of your 1Password data every day, keeping
up to 50 backups at a time in a folder under your Windows user account directory. You
can change the frequency, location, and number of backups retained.
Notes:
The Number of backups to keep applies to each vault. If you have three vaults, for
example, 1Password may retain up to 150 backups.
Only the most recently selected vault is backed up. For example, if you have three
vaults—one you open daily, one you open weekly, and one you open monthly—
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to Day.
1Password cannot back up your data unless your computer is awake for some time
during a given day. If it sleeps or hibernates for the entire period selected, no
backup will occur.
1Password will back up your data regardless of whether anything has changed
since the last backup.
1Password for Windows backup files are intended only for restoring your data to
1Password for Windows.
You can also create a backup anytime you like by choosing Backup > Back Up
1Password Data.
In case of a complete drive failure or other catastrophe, you’ll want to have an external
backup of your 1Password data and, ideally, these 1Password backups, too.
Restoring from a backup
When you want to revert your 1Password data to an earlier “snapshot” for any reason,
use the Backup > Restore 1Password Vault from Backup command.
1Password opens a window into your computer’s file system, focused on the backup
directory specified on the Backup tab shown above. In that window, all your backups of
all your vaults are shown. Each backup is named to show the vault, the date and time of
the backup, and the number of items included in the backup. Backups have the
.agilekeychain_zip (or .opvault_zip) extension.
For example, if your vault is named “Shared with Bill”, a backup taken at 11:16 am on
January 8, 2016 would have a name something like this: Shared with Bill 2016-01-08
111627 (460 items).agilekeychain_zip
Select the version of the vault you want to restore, and click the Open button.
1Password will give you the choice to replace the currently open vault with the contents
of the backup or restore the contents of the backup to a new vault (leaving the currently
open vault unaffected). You might Restore to New to make sure you don’t overwrite the
currently open vault with an older version that lacks your most recent additions, or to
restore a different vault from the one you have open without overwriting its contents. You
would Replace Current only if you’re certain that the currently open vault is the one you
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want to replace and that you don’t need anything that’s not already in the backup.
Creating a new vault will require adjustments to your sync setup, because the new vault
will have a new name, and 1Password on the other computers and mobile devices
syncing to the old vault will need to know the new vault’s name.
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Browsers tab
Internet Explorer is present on every Windows system, and the extension is enabled by
default.
The other browsers found on your computer are listed next, each with a button you can
click to install the extension for that browser. Click the button (even if it says the
extension is already installed) to get the latest version of the extension that’s compatible
with your version of 1Password for Windows.
If you’re feeling adventurous, click the “Enable betas” link on the browser extensions
web page. Then click the Install button on that page, and follow the instructions in
Setting up browsers.
Secure desktop
Windows offers the ability to enter your Master Password on what’s called a “secure
desktop”, a decision you might consider if you’re concerned about the possible presence
of key-loggers on your system.
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Note: Despite its location on the Browsers tab, this option applies to unlocking your data
in the main program as well as in the browser extensions.
Universal unlock
1Password, the helper, and your browsers run in separate processes, and the
locked/unlocked status is associated with individual processes. Closing 1Password for
Windows or closing the last browser window “kills” the associated process, which
normally locks your 1Password data for access from that process; hence, restarting
1Password for Windows or using your 1Password data in one of the browser extensions
requires unlocking the 1Password data again.
If you enable the Universal Unlock option, though, the helper will almost always keep the
lock status matched. There is one exception: If the main program isn’t running when you
unlock one of the extensions, you’ll need to enter your master password again to unlock
the main program.
Here are some other important things to remember when enabling the Universal Unlock
option:
This is less secure than the default behavior. You may want to consider tightening
up your “auto-lock” settings on the Security tab of 1Password preferences.
Enabling this option is not recommended on public or shared computers.
Unlocking your 1Password data in the extension for one browser also unlocks your
1Password data in the extensions for all the other 1Password-enabled browsers.
Enabling this option is required if you want the Lock when web browser is closed
option to lock the main 1Password program, rather than locking only the helper (and
thus the 1Password extensions).
See also Security tab.
The Universal Unlock option also affects the auto-lock timer:
If this option is enabled, the helper monitors all activity and resets the auto-lock
timer with each keystroke or mouse click.
If this option is disabled, the helper doesn’t unlock the main program, so the autolock timer is reset only on interaction with the main 1Password program.
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When the Universal Unlock option is disabled, the system tray icon reflects the lock state
of the 1Password browser extensions, rather than the lock state of the main program.
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Logins tab
Auto-submit
With this option enabled, 1Password will try to submit web forms after filling them. If you
find that most of the sites where you have accounts don’t accept automated submission
(or if you have some other reason to change the default behavior), you can disable this
global option. You can still enable it for specific Logins, if you like.
In the more likely useful configuration, you will leave this global option enabled and
disable auto-submit for specific Login items that don’t accept automated submission.
Multiple URLs
If you use a single set of login credentials (username and password) for multiple sites,
you can add multiple URLs to a Login item in the “edit” dialog box.
If the domains are the same except for subdomains (mail.google.com,
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maps.google.com, and images.google.com, for example), 1Password will offer
automatically to use the Login item at any of the URLs.
If the domains are different (acme.com, acme.net, and acme-corp.biz, for example), you
may be able to use domain matching to tell 1Password to treat them as equivalent.
Defining matching domains
1. On the Logins tab of 1Password preferences, click the Domain matching button.
2. In the Domain matching dialog box, click the upper Add button.
3. In the Domain Name dialog box, type the name of one of the sites; then click the OK
button.
4. For each of the other domains:
5. In the Domain matching dialog box, click the lower Add button.
6. In the Domain Name dialog box, type the domain name; then click the OK button.
7. When you finish setting up the matching for all the domains you want to equate,
click the OK button to close the Domain matching dialog box.
Note: This “global” domain matching is a feature of the .agilekeychain format only; it is
not included in the .opvault format.
Show X more items
If your 1Password data contains no Login items with URLs that match the page currently
displayed in your browser, the 1Password extension displays this menu:
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If your 1Password data contains multiple Login items with URLs that match the current
page, the 1Password extension displays the matching Login items at the top of the
menu:
With this option enabled, the list of matching Login items is limited to four; if there are
more, you’ll see “Show X more items” below the fourth name listed. (“X” is the number of
items not shown.)
With the Show X more items option disabled, the list will display all matching Login
items.
Show usernames
If you have two or more Login items with the same name (presumably for the same site),
enabling this option will cause 1Password to display the usernames (rather than the
Login names) in the extension menu. This would make it easier to select the right Login
items to use for multiple gmail.com accounts, for example. (You can also give the Login
items different names to make them more easily recognizable.)
Display the Notes field
With this option enabled, 1Password will display the contents of a Login item’s Notes
field if you let the pointer rest for a moment over the Login item in the extension menu. If
you’re concerned about the momentary display, or if the display fails to disappear for
some reason, you can disable this option.
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Download rich icons
1Password for Windows automatically downloads rich icons:
When a new Login item is created in either the browser extension or the main
1Password program
When you click on the Download Icon (or Update Icon) button while editing a
Login item
When you choose File > Download Icons in the main 1Password program
To minimize the size of your vault and improve sync times, rich icons are stored in a
temporary local location, separate from your 1Password data—they do not sync to other
1Password installations.
Viewing rich icons
Use the View > Show Rich Icons command to control whether rich icons are displayed
in the list view. Disabling this option may provide an improvement in performance on
slower machines by allowing generic icons to be displayed instead.
Custom icons
Please see Using custom icons.
Keyboard shortcut
The default shortcut for triggering the 1Password extension in your browser is Ctrl+\
(holding down the Ctrl key as you press the backslash key).
If you prefer some other shortcut, define it here. See Using keyboard shortcuts for
related information. You can press either Ctrl or Alt as the modifier key; if you press no
modifier key, 1Password will automatically use the Ctrl key.
If you simply delete the shortcut here, leaving it set to None, you will need to click the
1Password button in the browser toolbar to invoke the 1Password extension.
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Auto-save tab
Auto-save new Logins
When you submit a login form at a web site for which you haven’t yet saved a Login
item, or when you use a different password at a site for which you have already saved a
Login item, 1Password offers to save a new Login item for you (or update an existing
Login item, if you prefer).
You can prevent that behavior, if you like, by disabling this option.
Disable auto-save when vault is locked
When the Auto-save new Logins option is enabled, the 1Password browser extensions
will prompt you to save or update Login items in the circumstances described above. If
1Password is locked, saving or updating a Login will require you to unlock it first. You
can prevent that behavior by enabling this option.
This is a “negative logic” option: You enable this option to disable the auto-save feature
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when 1Password is locked, and you disable this option to enable the auto-save feature
when 1Password is locked.
Note: This option is available only when the Auto-save new Logins option is enabled.
Avoid auto-save on these domains
You can define certain domains for which 1Password will never offer to save a Login
item.
Note: The controls for this field are available only when the Auto-save new Logins
option is enabled.
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Updates tab
You can always check for a new version of 1Password from the Help menu, but it’s
easier to let 1Password do it for you automatically.
The beta track
If you are using a beta version of 1Password, it will always check for the next beta
version. Should you decide that you no longer wish to use a beta version, disable the
Include Beta versions option. Subsequent checks will offer an update only when a new
non-beta version is available.
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Network tab
If you connect to the Internet through a proxy server, you may need to enter the details
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Warnings tab
This tab lists the various messages that can appear in 1Password, such as this one that
appears when you create a Login item in the main 1Password program:
Any such messages that you’ve opted not to see again will be available on the Warnings
tab, where you can specify that they be “reset” for display the next time the
circumstances are right.
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View menu toggles
To display the security audit groups and other optional elements in the sidebar, use the
toggles on the View menu.
Favorites. Enabling this adds the group to the sidebar.
Generated Passwords. Enabling this adds the group to the sidebar and adds
Passwords to the New Item tool.
Security Audit. Enabling each of these adds the corresponding group to the sidebar.
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Weak Passwords lists Login items with passwords that are relatively weak.
Duplicated Passwords lists Login items with passwords that are used by multiple
Login items. Best practice is to use unique passwords.
Heartbleed lists Login items for URLs in the “Alexa Top 10,000 list”, the most
visited web sites that were vulnerable on April 8, 2014.
Watchtower lists Login items that have websites for which our Watchtower service
suggests you take specific actions.
Show Item Counts. Enabling this causes 1Password to append items counts in
parentheses next to the categories and group names in the sidebar.
Conceal Passwords. Enabling this causes 1Password to display passwords as a series
of ••••••• characters. You can press Ctrl+R to get a quick peek at the password.
Show Password Strength. Enabling this adds the Strength column to the list area for
Login items.
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Browser settings
Many modern web browsers provide rudimentary password management features that
may actually conflict with the richer feature set provided by 1Password. We strongly
recommend disabling your browser’s password management feature.
Note: You might not want to clear the list of saved passwords in your browser until
you’ve created Logins in 1Password for the corresponding sites. Once you have, though,
clearing the passwords saved in your browser is a good security measure.
Internet Explorer
1. In Internet Explorer, choose Tools > Internet Options.
2. Select the Content tab.
3. Click the Settings button next to AutoComplete.
4. Disable the Forms and User names and passwords on forms options.
5. Click the OK button to save your changes.
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Chrome
1. In Chrome, open Settings.
2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
3. Scroll down to Passwords and forms.
4. Disable the Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click and Offer to
save your web passwords options.
5. Close the Settings window to save your changes.
Firefox
1. Open Firefox settings and select the Security tab.
2. Disable the Remember passwords for sites and Use master password options.
3. Click the OK button to save your changes.
Opera
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1. Click Opera, then choose Settings.
2. In the sidebar, select Privacy and security.
3. Disable the Offer to save passwords I enter on the web and Enable auto-filling
of forms on webpages options.
4. Close the Settings tab to save your changes.
Safari
1. In Safari, click the gear icon and choose Preferences.
2. Select the AutoFill tab.
3. Disable the Usernames and passwords and Other forms options. Tip: Because
1Password can fill your contact info, you can also disable the Using info from my
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Address Book card option.
4. Click the Close (X) button to save your changes.
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Third-party security software
Except for Kaspersky Internet Security and Sophos Endpoint Antivirus, the default
settings of most major antivirus, anti-malware, and firewall programs work just fine with
1Password. If you've updated to the latest version of your security software and
something is preventing 1Password from performing its safe and secure functions,
please see the article on troubleshooting the browser extensions in our knowledgebase
for suggestions.
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Using 1Password
Now that you've configured 1Password to your liking and have familiarized yourself with
its basic functions, let's dig a little deeper and explore its vast feature set. In this, the
heart of our 1Password user guide, you'll learn how to make 1Password an integral part
of your digital life.
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Registering 1Password
You can run the full and unlimited version of the software in trial mode for 30 days, after
which you’ll be limited to 20 items.
When you’re ready, purchase a license from our online store, copy the license key from
the e-mail message you receive, and follow these steps to register 1Password:
1. In the main 1Password program, choose Help > Enter License Key.
2. In the dialog box that appears, paste the full license key; click the OK button.
3. In the confirmation dialog box, click the OK button.
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Creating a strong password
Creating a new Login item
Where you have an existing account
Log in to the site, find the site’s “change password” page, enter your current password,
generate a strong password, fill in and submit the form, log out, visit the site’s login page
again, fill in the username field, use the last generated password to fill the password
field, submit the login form, and let 1Password create a Login that you can use from then
on.
Where you don’t yet have an account
Find the site’s “new account”, “signup”, or “register” page, generate a strong password,
fill in and submit the form, visit the site’s login page, fill in the username field, use the last
generated password to fill the password field, submit the login form, and let 1Password
create a Login that you can use from then on.
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Updating an existing Login item
See Changing a saved password.
Invoking the password generator
In the browser: Click the 1Password button in the toolbar and choose Password
Generator.
In the main 1Password program: Make sure View > Generated Passwords is
enabled, then click the New Item tool and choose Password.
Choosing a strong password for your Master
Password
Please see the article on choosing a strong Master Password in our knowledgebase.
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Syncing your 1Password data
Here are the tested and supported sync options available to users of 1Password on all
the supported platforms.
Dropbox syncing allows 1Password for Mac, 1Password for Windows, 1Password 4 or
later for iOS, and 1Password for Android to share and sync your 1Password data
directly.
Mac ←→ Windows Mac ←→ mobile Windows ←→ mobile Mac ←→ Mac Windows ←→
Windows mobile ←→ mobile
Wi-Fi sync allows 1Password 4 or later for Mac or 1Password 4 for Windows to share
and sync your 1Password data (the currently open vault) over a temporary Wi-Fi
connection to the 1Password for iOS or 1Password for Android app on a supported
mobile device. 1Password on the Mac and PC will not be syncing directly.
Mac ←→ mobile Windows ←→ mobile
Folder sync, available in 1Password 4 and later for Mac, allows 1Password 4 or later for
Mac and 1Password for Windows to share and sync your 1Password data directly, but
the 1Password apps for mobile devices do not yet support this option.
Mac ←→ Windows Mac ←→ Mac
iCloud sync, available in 1Password 5 and later for Mac, allows 1Password 5 or later for
Mac and 1Password 5 or later for iOS to share and sync your 1Password data directly,
but 1Password for Windows and 1Password for non-iOS mobile devices do not support
this option. Although iCloud Drive is supported in Windows, 1Password uses CloudKit,
which requires OS X Yosemite or later and iOS 8 or later.
Mac ←→ iOS Mac ←→ Mac iOS ←→ iOS
Combining Folder sync in 1Password 4 or later for Mac (to sync with 1Password for
Windows) with Wi-Fi sync in either 1Password 4 or later for Mac or 1Password 4 for
Windows allows you to share and sync your 1Password data among your Mac, PC, and
supported mobile devices.
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Important: If your 1Password data is already on an iOS device, and you want to share
and sync it with 1Password for Windows, see Getting 1Password data from iOS.
See also Setting up Dropbox sync and Syncing over Wi-Fi.
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Setting up Dropbox sync
If you don't have Dropbox installed on your
computer
You can sign up for Dropbox and download the Desktop version from the Dropbox
website.
Note: The RT (metro) app is insufficient.
If you have Dropbox installed on your
computer
Setting up Dropbox sync
1. Open 1Password for Windows and click Preferences.
2. On the General tab, click the Move to Dropbox button. If the button is disabled,
please refer to the article about this in our knowledgebase.
3. Wait for Dropbox to finish syncing.
1Password for iOS users
If you have saved information in 1Password on your iOS device, and you want to start by
getting that data into 1Password for Windows, see Getting 1Password data from iOS.
1Password for Mac users
If you have saved information in 1Password for Mac and you want to start by getting that
data into 1Password for Windows:
1. Be sure Dropbox is installed and running on your Mac and associated with the same
Dropbox account as on your PC.
2. Make sure that you have set up Dropbox sync in 1Password for Mac.
3. Note the name and location of the sync point (typically, Dropbox > Apps >
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1Password > 1Password.agilekeychain or Dropbox > 1Password >
1Password.agilekeychain).
4. Make sure that Dropbox sync is complete. If sync is in progress, wait for it to finish.
Do this on both your Mac and your Windows PC.
5. Open 1Password for Windows and do one of the following:
6. Accept its offer to use the .agilekeychain folder in your Dropbox.
7. Choose File > Open 1Password Vault and select the .agilekeychain folder in your
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Syncing over Wi-Fi
Start sync server
Choose File > Wi-Fi Sync.
Important: Leave this window open until the sync is complete.
Set up 1Password for iOS
Open 1Password on your iOS device and configure Wi-Fi sync.
Tap Sync Now to get started. When sync is complete, you can close the Wi-Fi Sync
window in 1Password for Windows.
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Getting 1Password data from iOS
If you have Logins and other items saved in 1Password 4 for iOS or later, and you want
to start sharing and syncing that data with your new 1Password for Windows installation,
follow these steps:
1. In 1Password for iOS, set up Dropbox sync.
2. On your Windows PC, make sure that Dropbox is installed and running, and wait for
it to finish syncing.
3. Launch 1Password for Windows, choose File > Open 1Password Vault, and locate
and select this folder: …\Dropbox\Apps\1Password\1Password.agilekeychain
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Exporting data
To export your 1Password data, choose File > Export. Select the export format, what to
export, and follow the instructions. Thee format you choose depends on whether you
want to export just Login items (delimited text) or all item types (1Password Interchange
Format).
1Password Interchange Format (1PIF)
The best way to share and sync your 1Password data is to use Dropbox. That way, your
1Password data is up to date and available on your computers and mobile devices, no
matter where you modify it.
If you need to export your 1Password data to import it in to a new 1Password vault or
another 1Password for Windows (or Mac) installation, you have the option of exporting
to 1PIF. As this is a 1Password format, it is the most convenient for exporting from and
importing into 1Password.
Caution: 1Password Interchange Format files are not encrypted. Your data in the .1pif
file is stored in JSON, a plain-text format, so be sure to delete it securely on both
machines after you’ve completed the transfer. For your security, do not use an online
JSON viewer to read a .1pif file.
Delimited text
1Password for Windows includes the ability to export Login items to delimited-text files
that use commas or tabs to separate fields.
The delimited-text file has the following characteristics:
The first line of text contains the field names: title, notes, username, password, url.
Each of the remaining lines of text represents a Login you have stored in
1Password.
Each field value is enclosed in quotation marks and may include the delimiter
character (tab or comma).
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Printing your Logins
A delimited-text file is perfect for opening in a spreadsheet program (like Excel),
formatting as you like, and printing.
Caution: Delimited-text files are not encrypted. Your data in the file is stored in plain-text
format. Be sure to securely store text files—and any pages you print from those files.
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Using Identities and Credit Cards
1Password Identities make it easy to register new accounts or make a purchase online,
and you can create multiple Identities for any purpose. Identities can store personal
details like your home or work address, or even your favorite forum username and
signature, then automatically fill all that information into registration forms. You can even
use 1Password to securely store and fill your credit card information.
You can add as many Identities as you want. Typically, you’ll give each a name or a
theme, such as “Work” and “Personal”. You could even create an “Alias” Identity with
fake information that you use on sites you don’t trust. Likewise, you could create Credit
Card items for the credit and debit cards you use for yourself, your business, and your
kids’ Little League team.
Once your Identities and Credit Cards are created, 1Password can use them in your web
browser to fill registration forms, shopping cart check-out forms, shipping address forms,
and blog comment fields. Just click on the 1Password button in the browser’s toolbar,
and choose the item you want to use.
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Note: The 1Password extension for Internet Explorer cannot yet fill forms with data from
Credit Card and Identity items. Instead, it opens the selected item in 1Password, where
you can copy the values you need.
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Using Logins in the main program
The easiest way to use a saved Login item is through the Go & Fill feature in the
1Password browser extensions.
If you already have 1Password open, though, it may be more convenient to Go & Fill
directly from there:
1. In 1Password for Windows, select the Login for the site you want to visit.
2. In the details area, click the Login item's URL. 1Password will open the website in
your default web browser and log you in.
Double-clicking a Login
Normally, double-clicking a listed Login in 1Password opens it in an edit window; but you
can configure 1Password to open the Login’s URL in your web browser, instead. To do
so, set the Double-click option to Open the URL in web browser on the General tab of
1Password preferences.
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Creating an application Login
You may be able to create a Login item for a program that is not browser-based.
1. Launch the program for which you want to create a Login item.
2. In 1Password, click the New Item tool, and choose Login.
3. In the Login dialog box, enter a name for the Login, enter your username and
password for the program, and click the OK button.
4. In the details area, click the Edit button.
5. Hold down the Ctrl key as you click on the Add URL button.
6. Select the application from the menu that appears.
7. Click the OK button to save your changes.
Using the application Login
When both username and password are stored in
1Password
1. Bring the application to the foreground.
2. Click to put the cursor in the username field.
3. Press Ctrl+\. 1Password will send the saved username value, the Tab key, the
saved password, and the Enter key.
When only the password is stored in 1Password
1. Bring the application to the foreground.
2. Click to put the cursor in the password field.
3. Press Ctrl+\. 1Password will send the saved password and the Enter key.
Note: Not all programs accept login information transmitted in this way, but it’s worth a
try.
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Searching for items
In the main program
When you launch 1Password, the cursor is in the search field, so you can just start
typing. Filtering is nearly instantaneous, so the displayed list narrows to show only
matching items as you type. Clicking the X next to the search field clears what you’ve
typed.
When you click in the search field, the current category or folder stays selected.
When you press Ctrl+F, though, the All folder is selected automatically—1Password will
search all item types. To narrow the search to a specific item type, select that category
in the sidebar. The search filter stays in effect until you clear the search field.
Click the triangle next to the search icon to control whether 1Password searches only
item titles (which is a little faster) or all fields.
Tip: If you’ve selected a category or folder and don’t see all the expected items, make
sure the search field is clear. When a search filter is in effect, the outline of the search
field pulses to remind you.
Tags
When the cursor is in the search field, you can press Alt+↓ to see a list of all the tags
you’ve defined.
You can also type tag: followed immediately by the tag name (like this: tag:Hobbies) to
search for items with that tag.
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In the browser extensions
As soon as you invoke the 1Password extension, just start typing to filter the list to show
Logins with matching title, URL, or tag.
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Using auto-type
1Password for Windows includes an alternate way to fill form fields when the standard
method doesn't work. This is called auto-type. Another nifty use of auto-type is with
programs that aren’t web browsers. You just need to have a Login item saved with the
username and password.
Note: While auto-type is great, we really want 1Password to work perfectly for you on all
websites. If you come across a website where 1Password doesn't fill the form correctly,
please use our Synapse tool to report it to us. Thanks, we really appreciate it. =)
Full-time auto-type
You can set up a Login item to always use auto-type:
1. In 1Password, edit the Login item.
2. Enable the Auto-type option and save the item.
When you visit the site in your web browser, place the cursor in the username field, then
press Ctrl+\ as usual. 1Password will fill in the username and password fields with the
values saved in the corresponding Login item.
Note: You must place the cursor in the username field before invoking the 1Password
extension; otherwise, 1Password won’t fill in the fields.
One-click auto-type
You can use auto-type on an as-needed basis, typically with non-browser programs:
1. Display the login form in the program, and click the username field.
2. In the main 1Password program, select the Login item you want to use, and click
the Auto-type button in the 1Password toolbar.
Field-level auto-type
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If the one-click auto-type method doesn’t fill in the form correctly, you can fill in the fields
one at a time:
1. Display the login form in the browser or other program and click the username field.
2. In the main 1Password program, select the Login item you want to use.
3. In the details area, click the auto-type icon next to the Username field. After
1Password fills in the stored username value, click the OK button in the message
that appears.
4. Back on the login page, click the password field.
5. In 1Password again, click the auto-type icon next to the Password field. After
1Password fills in the stored password value, submit the login page.
Pre-filled fields
Some sites pre-fill form fields with placeholder text on the assumption that you’ll select
and replace it with your own username or password. Such a form could prevent
1Password from correctly auto-typing your saved values, by prefixing or appending your
username or password to the pre-filled characters.
If you encounter such a form, edit the corresponding Login to enable the Send Ctrl+A
before auto-type option, and 1Password will do exactly that: select the pre-filled value
in each field before auto-typing the value you saved for that field.
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Working with attachments
Adding and removing attachments is the one thing you can do to an item without editing
it. Simply select the item in the list area, and you can perform the following tasks in the
details area.
Adding an attachment
Drag a file onto the “attachments” field.
1Password encrypts this internal copy. You can decide whether to keep or delete the
original file on your computer.
Viewing an attachment
Right-click on the file in the “attachments” field, and choose Open.
1Password saves a copy of the attachment to your C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\Temp directory
and protects that copy using Windows’ built-in EFS.
These encrypted copies are deleted securely (following the DOD 5220.22-M standard)
when you exit the main 1Password program.
Saving a copy of an attachment
Right-click on the file in the “attachments” field, and choose Export (or double-click on
the file in the “attachments” field).
1Password asks where you want to save a decrypted copy of the attachment. When
you’re finished viewing the copy, you can decide whether to keep or delete the
decrypted copy on your computer.
Removing an attachment
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Select the file in the “attachments” field, and choose Edit > Delete. —or— Right-click on
the file in the “attachments” field, and choose Delete.
1Password reminds you that the attachment will be permanently destroyed, so you have
a chance to save it first.
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Working with folders and tags
In 1Password for Windows, you can create folders to organize your Logins and other
items in any way that makes sense to you. You can also apply as many tags as you like
to make items easier to find.
Remember that folders and tags are completely separate from categories. Here’s how
they’re used in 1Password for Windows.
Every item is always listed in exactly one of the following categories:
Logins
Wallet
Accounts
Software
Secure Notes
Identities
Generated Passwords
Trash
Every item (unless it’s in the Trash) is also listed in the built-in All folder, which always
lists all your 1Password items, regardless of type.
Every item (unless it’s in the Trash) can also be in exactly one folder that you created; if
it isn’t, it’s automatically listed in the built-in Unassigned folder.
Each item can be associated with as many tags as you like.
Notes:
1Password for Windows currently does not display tags in the sidebar. Add and
remove tags as you edit individual items. Search for tagged items by typing the tag
name (or by pressing Alt+↓ and selecting the tag name) in the search field.
In the browser extensions, just start typing to filter the list to show Logins with
matching title, URL, or tag.
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Using the Security Audit items
Toggles on the View menu configure the 1Password sidebar to show several Security
Audit items:
Weak Passwords
Lists any of your Logins with passwords that 1Password evaluates as being relatively
weak. Strong, unguessable passwords are easy to create in 1Password.
Duplicated Passwords
Lists any of your Logins that share a password with one or more of your other Logins.
Unique passwords are a key to Internet security. It’s easy to create unique passwords in
1Password.
Heartbleed
Lists any of your Logins associated with sites that appear in the Alexa Top 10,000 list of
sites vulnerable to the Heartbleed problem. We recommend you follow the advice shown
in red in the details area when one of the Logins is selected.
Watchtower
Lists any of your Logins associated with sites for which our Watchtower tool suggests
some action. We recommend you follow the advice shown in red in the details area
when one of the Logins is selected.
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Using Secure Desktop
1Password gives you the option to use Windows’ “secure desktop” feature when enter
your master password, so that key loggers and other malware cannot capture it.
When unlocking 1Password, click the Use Secure Desktop button.
To also use secure desktop for the 1Password extensions, enable the Use Secure
Desktop option on the Browsers tab of 1Password preferences.
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Using custom icons
Login items typically get “rich icons” automatically, as described in the Logins tab topic.
Other item types can have icons, too; these are called “custom icons”. You can even use
a custom icon for a Login item. Custom icons are included with your 1Password data, so
they sync to other 1Password installations.
Adding a custom icon
Right-click on an item in the list area, and choose the Select Icon command from the
menu that appears.
You can also add or change an icon by double-clicking on the 1Password icon in the
upper left of the edit window, and locating the .ico, .png, or .jpg file that contains the icon
you want to use.
Removing a custom icon
Right-click on an item in the list area, and choose the Delete Icon command from the
menu that appears.
Alternative methods
The edit window for some item types currently includes controls for adding and removing
icons.
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Customizing item types
1Password includes many item types and gives you a lot of flexibility in customizing
them to suit your needs.
Custom fields and sections
You can add custom fields to any item type except an Identity, and you can gather them
in custom sections, if you like.
Click the Add button below a set of fields to add a custom field directly above that
button. Click the Delete button to delete the field directly above the button. Click the
arrow keys to move the field directly above them (or the field in which the insertion point
is placed) higher or lower in the set of fields.
Click the Add Section button to add a section directly above that button. Delete all the
custom fields within a custom section to delete the section.
Note: Custom sections cannot be renamed or rearranged.
Standard fields
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You can also edit the default names of the default fields in any item type in the Wallet or
Account group. For example, you might rename the SWIFT Code field in your Bank
Account item as BIC.
Just [a] select the item in the list view; [b] click on the Edit icon in the details view; [c]
click on the name of the field you want to change—its name will be underlined, as shown
below; [d] enter the new name for the field; [e] click on the OK button; and [f] click on the
OK button to save your changes.
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Creating a new vault
To create an additional vault, choose File > New 1Password Vault.
Be sure to remember the Master Password! Without it, you won’t be able to open your
new vault the next time you need it.
Starting over
With 1Password 4’s enhanced support for creating and switching among multiple vaults,
you’re unlikely to need to start over without any existing data. If for some reason you do,
though, please see the article on starting over in our knowledgebase.
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