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Get to know 1Password for Mac

If you’re new to 1Password, learn how to use the Mac app to manage your passwords, credit cards, secure notes, and more.

1Password for Mac is the simple, beautiful password manager you’ve been looking for. Easily organize your secure information, save and fill passwords in your browser, and have everything available at your fingertips.

Before you get started, set up 1Password on your Mac.

Create and edit items

When you open 1Password, you’ll see a list of all your items, like your passwords and credit cards. Select an item to see its details:

An overview of 1Password 7 for Mac

To create an item, click the New Item button or choose File > New Item (Command-N). Then choose the type of item to create. Enter the details and click Save.

To edit an item, select it and click Edit or choose Item > Edit (Command-E). When you’re done making changes, click Save or choose Item > Save Changes (Command-E).

To see only certain types of items, select a category in the sidebar. Select All Items to see everything in the current vault.

Use 1Password in your browser

1Password lets you fill passwords, credit cards, and addresses directly in your browser.

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Learn more about 1Password in your browser.

Saving a login inline with 1Password

Use 1Password mini to fill in apps

1Password mini makes it easy to fill your details in apps. To open 1Password mini, click the 1Password icon in the menu bar (Option-Command-Backslash (\)).

Use 1Password mini to fill in apps

To fill in an app, drag your login details to it. For example, drag your password to the password field in the app.

To keep your login details handy, click Pin on Screen to open them in a separate window. You can close the window when you’re done.

Learn more about 1Password mini.

Search 1Password

Searching is the fastest way to find what you need in 1Password.

To search in 1Password, use the search field above the list of items (Command-F).

Learn more about searching 1Password.

Search 1Password to find what you need

Sort items

To change how items are sorted in the list, click “items sorted by” below the search field.

Each category has different sort options, and they can be set per category. For example, you can sort credit cards by card type and logins by date last used.

Sort items by card type

Organize with favorites and tags

You can organize your items with tags or mark them as favorites to quickly access them when you need them.

To mark an item as a favorite, select it and click in the top right. Or drag items onto Favorites in the sidebar.

To create a tag, edit an item, enter the name of the tag in the tag field, and click Save. Your tags automatically appear in the sidebar.

Learn more about favorites and tags.

Access your favorites and tags from the sidebar

Switch vaults and accounts

You can use vaults in 1Password to organize your items and share them with others. If you have multiple 1Password accounts, each account has its own vaults.

To switch to a specific vault or view items from all the vaults in an account, click All Vaults (Command-L) at the top of the sidebar and choose a vault or account. Or choose Vault > Switch to Vault (Command-1 to Command-9).

Learn how to use All Vaults to see all your items at once.

vaults in the sidebar

Move and copy items

You can use drag and drop to move and copy items between vaults and even create new vaults.

Learn more about moving and copying items.

Use Watchtower

Watchtower tells you about password breaches and other security problems on the websites you have saved in 1Password.

To get alerted when a website you have an account for is added to Watchtower, go to Preferences > Notifications and turn on Watchtower Alerts.

Learn how to use Watchtower.

Use Watchtower in the sidebar

Format secure notes

Add formatting to your secure notes with Markdown. View them in rich text, complete with headers, bold and italic styles, lists, and more.

Learn how to format your secure notes with Markdown.

Use Markdown to format notes

Enlarge passwords

You can temporarily enlarge a password to make it easier to see while entering it on another device or reading it aloud.

To enlarge a password, hover over it. Then click and choose Show in Large Type.

Click 'show in large type' to enlarge passwords

Archive and delete items

To move an item to the Archive, drag it to the Archive in the sidebar. Or choose Item > Archive (Delete).

To restore an item from the Archive, click Archive in the sidebar, select the item, then click Restore. Or choose Item > Restore Item.

To delete an item, select the item, then click Delete. Or choose Item > Delete.

Learn how to restore previous versions of items.

Lock 1Password

When you’re done using 1Password, you can lock it. To lock 1Password, choose 1Password > Lock (Control-Option-Command-L). Unlock 1Password again by entering your Master Password.

Learn how to set 1Password to lock automatically.

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