about: logins - Firefox tip for quickly searching through login credentials

Firefox about: logins command

I am currently testing the Dashlane password manager for my Macs and iOS devices. So far it is doing quite well, but when importing the existing access data from Firefox there was apparently an "incident" and some access data was only saved as a login. Specifically, this means that I always have to find the password for the corresponding login in my handwritten password collection in order to then enter it.

The normal path to the stored access data is relatively long and requires many steps - that can be optimized!

The normal path to the stored access data is relatively long and requires many steps - that can be optimized!

Find login details and passwords in Firefox

The "official" way to do this is in Firefox via the "Firefox" menu, then "Settings" and now click on the "Privacy & Security" area on the sidebar. In all the options you then scroll to the section "Access data & passwords" and click on the button "Saved access data".

The window now opens in which all data is listed as a searchable list. In the search field of the list, type in the domain name for which you want to find the access data.

This works in principle, but is quite cumbersome when you are feeding your password manager and have to repeat the action several times a day.

With the command "about: logins" in the address line, you can go directly to the Firefox login information.

The shortcut: "about: logins" in the URL line

If you observe the address bar in Firefox, you will perhaps notice that the browser displays the menu items called up as commands in the address bar.

Firefox calls menu items via commands in the address bar.

Firefox calls menu items via commands in the address bar.

That means, when you go to the "Settings" menu, the address in the URL line changes to "about: preferences". If you go to the subsection "Privacy & Security", the URL line says "about: preferences # privacy".

If you go to the area of ​​the saved access data, it says "about: logins" at the top. And that's exactly how you get to the access data in a fresh Firefox window: You just type "about: logins" in the URL line, confirm your entry with Return and the list of data opens.

With a bookmark you can access the saved access data even faster.

With a bookmark you can access the saved access data even faster.

More comfort: bookmarks in the toolbar with "about: logins"

To save having to enter this command, you can create a new bookmark in the toolbar and store the URL "about: logins" there.

A click on this button then leads directly to the login data window.

Many users may already be familiar with this, but I was so excited about this acronym that I gave it an article without further ado. Another one about Dashlane password management will follow shortly.

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2 comments

  1. Jörg says:

    I look forward to your report on Dashlane. I have been using Bitwarden with great satisfaction for a long time and can only recommend this service. Maybe you can compare the two.

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