New extension intro
Things might look a little different the next time you hit the 1Password button, but that’s ok! Do not adjust that dial–we’ve redesigned our 1Password browser extension in the name of usability, speed, and bringing you more updates more quickly.
Here’s a quick rundown of how to use our new extension and some tips for getting the most out of it.
How to use the new extension
Our new extension looks different, but works much the same as the previous one. However, you can view more of your data right in the browser, and we have a few new keyboard shortcuts that can help you get around faster.
Here is how to log into a site using our new extension:
- Type in a URL like you always do
- Click the 1Password button in the toolbar and, if necessary, unlock the 1Password extension
- Any Logins you have for the site will be displayed in a list
- Click the Login you want to use (or use your keyboard’s arrow keys and press Return)
To use the new extension to log into a site a little more quickly with our Go & Fill feature, you can use the default keyboard shortcut Command-Option-\ (a customer favorite), like so:
- Press Command-Option-\: This opens the extension to the All Logins tab
- Type the first few letters of the site you want to visit and log into
- Press Return: The site opens in a new tab and 1Password logs you in
You can use Identities and Credit Cards in much the same way. When at a site you need to fill, you can click the 1Password button, click the Identities or Credit Cards tab, then click the item you want to fill in on the page. If you’re a keyboard ninja, that workflow is: Command-\, Tab to move between sections, up/down arrows to move between items in a section, then Return to fill in the form.
So why did you redesign the extension, anyway?
In short: A lot’s happened in the browser world over the last couple of years. Chrome and Firefox have entered a version number arms race, while Apple made significant changes to a number of core browser technologies in OS X Lion and Safari 5.1 for Snow Leopard users. To provide a great experience for all our users across the browsers and platforms we support (which now includes Windows!), we decided we needed to unify our browser extension’s interface and architecture. This means you get a familiar experience no matter which browser(s) you use 1Passowrd in, and we’re able to release more features and tighter integration much more quickly. Plus, we’ve been working on updating 1Password to get into the Mac App Store, and we realized we had an opportunity to bring a much faster and more flexible 1Password experience to all users now, before the next major release.
If you want a little more information about the choices we made, here’s a brief overview of our goals for the new extension, broken down by category:
Usability - more of 1Password at your fingertips
- You now have a powerful, flexible, and fast slice of 1Password right in your browser
- Our new extension interface puts much more of your 1Password information at your fingertips
- You can copy a password for Flash sites or verify an Identity’s info is up-to-date without opening the 1Password app
- 1Password’s capabilities are now front and center for new users
Speed - new interface for mouse users, more keyboard shortcuts
- The new interface is optimized for both mouse cowboys and keyboard ninjas. Mouse users can scroll through Logins and click between all their data without losing their place in long, sprawling menus, while fans of keyboard shortcuts can now do everything they need with a few quick strikes.
Check out a list of our standard shortcuts and the new, more flexible commands we’ve added:
⌘\ (Command-\) – This has been the default keyboard shortcut to “Fill Logins” for quite some time in all supported browsers. We haven’t changed it since it’s still a great place to start. It opens our new extension interface and displays any relevant logins for the current page.
⌥⌘\ (Option-Command-\) – The “Go & Fill” keyboard shortcut opens our extension and take you straight to the “All Logins” tab to search for a Login. After finding the Login you want, pressing Return will open the Login’s URL, fill in your credentials, and log you in. Boom!
⇥ (Tab) and ⇧⇥ (Shift-Tab) – Switch between Logins, All Logins, Credit Cards, Identities, Strong Password Generator and Settings.
→ (Right arrow) – This one is a big deal! It gives you access to much more of your 1Password data inside your browser than ever before. It allows you to view the details of any selected Login, Identity, or Credit Card. Need to copy a password for a Flash site, double-check a Credit Card’s expiration date, or verify the info in an Identity? This is a great way to do it without having to drop what you’re doing and open the 1Password app. To get back to the item list, simply hit the left arrow key.
⎋ (Esc) – Hides the 1Password extension so you can go on about your business.
More updates, better experience
Our extension is now an official Safari extension, which means Safari can automatically download updates without us having to update the 1Password app (check Safari > Preferences > Extensions to see!). This new design is also going to become standard across the browsers we support, so you get more new features and a consistent experience no matter which browser you use.