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Subject:   Spotlight password search in Keychain Access
Date:   2005-05-14 11:22:12
From:   baltwo
Under Spotlight, you state:

"If you've ever used Keychain Access to search for a forgotten password, you know you can go nuts trying to find the one you want: websites and services use all kinds of formats for naming their passwords. Spotlight in Keychain Access fixes that. Just type and you'll see the passwords and other items whose names contain the text you typed."

Maybe I'm missing something here, but there's no way that a Spotlight search in Keychain Access will bring up entries related to a password. What it'll do is bring up websites and services whose name or username contains the search term, but not their passwords. That requires selecting the site's entry, clicking on the Get Info icon, checking the Show Password box in the dialog box that pops up, and authenticating, if necessary. Once you do that, you can see the password for that site or service, but not how that site or service formats their password naming.

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  • Spotlight password search in Keychain Access
    2005-05-14 12:09:36  sknaster [View]

    You're right -- I didn't mean to imply you could actually search on the text of the passwords themselves. But, for example, if you've forgotten your eBay password, you can now simply type "eBay" into the search box and find all the eBay entries at once. In Panther & previous, you had to dig through "ebay.com", "www.ebay.com", "someotherthing.ebay.com", and every other URL scheme eBay might choose to use.