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Get to know 1Password for Windows

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

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

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

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 8 for Windows

To create an item, click New Item (Ctrl + N) and choose an item type. You can also search for an item type, or select Most Popular Logins to start with an item template for a popular website.

To edit an item, select it and click Edit (Ctrl + E). When you’re done making changes, click Save.

To see only certain types of items, click All Categories at the top of the item list and choose an item type.

You can personalize your items with your own icons that appear throughout 1Password. You can also add custom fields, including unique answers to security questions.

Use 1Password in your browser

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

Learn more about 1Password in your browser.

Saving a login inline with 1Password

Use Quick Access to fill in apps

Quick Access makes it easy to fill your details in apps. To open Quick Access, right-click the 1Password icon in the notification area and select Open Quick Access (Ctrl + Shift + Space).

Use Quick Access to fill details in apps

To fill a username or password in an app:

  1. Open an app.
  2. Open Quick Access. If you don’t see the login item suggested, search for it.
  3. Click Copy Username or Copy Password and paste into the relevant field in the app.

Learn more about Quick Access.

Share items

You can securely share copies of passwords and other items you’ve saved in 1Password with anyone, even if they don’t use 1Password.

Select an item, click , then choose Share.

You’ll get a unique link that you can send to others. You can choose when the link expires and who can access it.

Learn more about securely sharing items using a unique link.

Sort items by date modified

Search 1Password

Search 1Password to find what you need

Searching is the fastest way to find what you need in 1Password. Use the search field above the list of items to find what you’re looking for.

You can search and find anything, like items, tags, categories, accounts, and vaults. You can also limit your search to the current view (Ctrl + F).

Learn more about searching 1Password.

Sort items

To change how items are sorted in the list, click above the item list.

For example, you can sort your items by the date last you last made changes to them.

Sort items by date modified

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, click in the item’s details, and choose Add to Favorites. 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. Or drag items onto a tag in the sidebar.

Learn more about favorites and tags.

Access your favorites and tags from the sidebar

Use collections to create custom groups of vaults

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

You can create collections to view items from a custom group of vaults from any of your accounts. Click All Accounts and choose Manage Collections. Then click New Collection.

To switch to a collection or account, click The 1Password app sidebar showing a list of accounts and collections, with a collection titled Daily Stuff selected. All Accounts and choose it.

Learn more about collections.

List of vaults in the sidebar

Move and copy items

To move an item, drag it to a different vault in the sidebar. Or right-click the item, click Move, then select a vault.

To copy an item, right-click the item, click Duplicate, then choose the vault to copy it to.

When you move or copy an item, the confirmation screen will show you who will have access to the item in the new vault.

Learn more about moving and copying items.

Use Watchtower

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

To view your Watchtower dashboard click Watchtower in the sidebar.

Learn how to use Watchtower.

Watchtower dashboard showing security issues: compromised websites, reused and weak passwords, inactive two-factor authentication, and expiring websites.

Use large type

You can temporarily enlarge any item field to make it easier to see.

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

Click 'Large Type' to enlarge passwords

Use 1Password in Dark Mode

You can use the 1Password app with a dark background – all the time or whenever your system is set to Dark Mode.

To turn on Dark Mode, click All Accounts and choose Settings. Then adjust Appearance.

1Password 8 for Windows in Dark Mode

Archive and recently deleted items

To move an item to the Archive, drag it to Archive in the sidebar. Or click and choose Archive (Del).

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

To delete an item, drag it to Recently Deleted in the sidebar. Or click and choose Delete (Ctrl + Del).

To restore a deleted item, click Recently Deleted in the sidebar, select the item, then click and choose Restore Item.

Learn how to restore previous versions of items.

Lock 1Password

When you’re done using 1Password, you can lock it. To lock 1Password, click in the top right corner (Ctrl + Shift + L). Unlock 1Password again by entering your password.

Learn how to set 1Password to lock automatically.

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