Safari 5.1 extension intro
Things might look a little different the next time you hit the 1P button, but that’s ok! Do not adjust that dial–we’ve redesigned our 1Password Safari 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 1P 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 the current tab and 1Password logs you in (opening these Logins in a new tab is a feature we’re working on bringing back)
You can use Identities and Credit Cards in much the same way. When at a site you need to fill, you can click the 1P 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-\, Command-left/right arrow key to move between tabs, up/down arrows to move between items on a tab, then Return to fill in the form.
So why did you redesign the extension, anyway?
In short: When Apple announced Lion earlier this year, it changed a significant number of under-the-hood features in Safari. Since we have been working on updating 1Password to get into the Mac App Store, we realized we had an opportunity to bring a much faster and more flexible 1Password experience to all users now, before the next major version of 1Password. 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-\ - Opens the 1Password extension interface
- Command-Option-\ - Like using Go & Fill in the browser, this opens the extension to the All Logins tab so you can type a couple letters and hit Enter to open the site and login right away
- NEW Tab - Switch between the tabs for ‘Logins for this site’ and ‘All Logins’
- NEW Command-arrow key - switch between tabs for Logins, Credit Cards, Identities, and the Strong Password Generator
- NEW Right arrow key (This one’s a big deal!) - View an item’s details and copy anything you need—no need to open 1Password!
- NEW Escape - Hide the 1Password extension and 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.