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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access Apps
I never noticed this before, but maybe it's always been there. In Keychain Access (in 10.5 at least), you can Control-click on any item in the list of stored items and select Copy Password to Clipboard from the pop-up menu. It will then ask you for your keychain password before copying the selected password. Provide the keychain password, and you'll then find the selected password on your clipboard.

[robg adds: I've never noticed this before, and a quick sample of five buddies in iChat found that none of them knew about it either. Based on that, I decided to run this one, even though it's not really a hidden feature.]
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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: fredkinder on Dec 15, '08 08:23:20AM

Works under 10.4.1 also.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: Grant Symon on Dec 15, '08 09:01:08AM

Works for Secure Notes too. Very useful.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: arcticmac on Dec 15, '08 11:46:51AM

Works under 10.4 as you say, but with the caveat that in 10.4, regardless of where you click in the list, it copies the password of the selected item. In 10.5, it selects the item you click on, then copies that item's password. Which is much nicer!



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: jms1 on Dec 15, '08 12:49:55PM

This sounds like a bug in 10.4's keychain manager program. I remember the first time it bit me- I was using the password generator, and chose one of the "other" passwords from the drop list. It showed a line of stars or circles in the item itself, so I closed the generator, copied the new password, and then pasted it into the field for the web site I was registering for.

After that I couldn't log into the web site- turns out the password it actually used was the first one on the list, rather than the fourth or fifth (which I had chosen.) I did a bit of digging, and discovered that, under 10.4, when you close the password generator window, it copied the first item (rather than the selected item) on the drop-list back to the password field of the item you were creating or editing. I was able to see it happen by turning on the "show typing" checkbox.

I'm pretty sure I sent Apple a bug report through their "feedback" web site, although I don't know for sure... I do know it's been fixed in 10.5.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: jms1 on Dec 15, '08 12:39:20PM

This is no great secret, I've been doing it for several years now. If anything, this makes the password generator a better tool - if every web site and/or email account has a different 17-character random password, being able to "copy" them from the keychain and "paste" them into the password field on the login form makes the whole thing usable. Personally, I don't even bother trying to remember the passwords anymore.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: davester on Dec 15, '08 02:41:20PM

Yeah, I was doing this for awhile (generating a long password, saving an entry for it in the keychain, then copying/pasting the password to Safari or whereever).

But now that I got 1password as part of a promo package, it just makes using longer, more secure passwords so much easier.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: theilgaard on Dec 17, '08 05:43:53AM

For the use of passwords in Safari, I let Safari save these directly in the Keychain, and then it automatically shows the password in the login form. No need to manually copy-paste from the keychain.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: Mercellus on Dec 15, '08 03:18:56PM

Nifty, I was not aware of this feature. Now I will be able to use the Password Generator without having to physically try to burn the complex passwords into my head.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: wjv on Dec 16, '08 01:34:27AM

Just goes to show, one man's I-use-this-every-day-surely-everyone-knows-it is another's great hint. :) Yes, great feature this which I use constantly, and which has been there for quite a while.



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Easily copy passwords to clipboard in Keychain Access
Authored by: NigelH on Sep 07, '09 12:10:26AM

I've been using this feature for years. Now, in Snow Leopard, the Copy to Clipboard option is greyed out in the context menu. There is a keyboard shortcut - which I don't remember before, but it may have been there - and there's a copy button on the bottom panel of the window, which has the tooltip Copy secret content of a password or secure note, but no right-click alternative.

Anyone know how to make the context menu option active again?



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