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Getting the Most from KeePass

Ctrl-H: will hide and unhide your passwords.

Global AutoType: is a great tool, making it even easier to enter your passwords. Don't be afraid to play with it.

Launch Websites from KeePass: Always open KeePass first and put in the URLs you want to go to. Then just click the URL column in the list and enter or autotype your username and password.

History: The last tab on each entry keeps a history of all edits. Whenever you edit an entry, either adding notes, or changing the username or password or URL, the previous entry is saved into History. The date is the date that entry was created, not the date it was saved as history. So, if a website makes you change your username or password, or an upgrade changes the license number,  you don't need to worry. The previous entry is stored for you. Database settings lets you decide how many previous entries you want.  You can also delete entries from the History Tab.


Ctrl-Alt-K: to bring KeePass forward if it is buried under other windows.

Finding Your Password:

  • Grouping: You can group your passwords into types, for example: Software, Financial, Ebook Stores. Grouping allows you to find your passwords quicker. I also made a group for OLD passwords. These were ones I don't expect to ever use again, but was a little afraid to get rid of.
  • Search: can be done two ways:
  • Searching can be done by just typing in the list. You will move forward through the list alphabetically.
  • Search can also be done using the quick search entry field which will search for that word throughout the whole database including notes. CTRL-E is the shortcut key for it.

Control How KeePass Looks

  • Layout: From the View Menu, you can choose Window Layout for either a side by side view (notes on the side) or a stacked view (notes below).
  • Font: From the Tools menu choose Options then Interface and Select List Font to choose a font to your liking.
  • Show or Hide subgroups. If you use subgroups, you can control whether the subgroups show in the list of the main group.
  • Configure Columns: From the View menu you can choose Configure Columns to determine which columns will show in the list. KeePass defaults to showing notes, which I don't see the purpose for, and I like it to show a Last Accessed column because sometimes I can't find something and I know I used it sometime in the last few weeks.



Date: October 2011


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