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Create a Shortcut to the Stored User Names and Passwords Dialog in Windows

If you’ve ever saved a password when connecting to a website that requires authentication, for a remote desktop session or a mapped drive, you might have wondered where those passwords are saved. If you are a long time reader, you already know where, but you might be interested in how to create a shortcut directly to the dialog where you can manage those logons.

You can add this into your folder of useful shortcuts… sure, you might not use it every day, but it’s good to know how to do it.

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Create the Shortcut

Right-click on the desktop and choose New \ Shortcut from the menu.

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In the location box, enter in the following command, and then on the next page give the shortcut a helpful name.

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

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Once you have the shortcut, you’ll want to right-click on it and choose Properties, then click the Change Icon button on the Shortcut tab.

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If you change the textbox value to the following file, you can find the matching icon for the shortcut (adjusting if your Windows is installed elsewhere)

C:\Windows\System32\keymgr.dll

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Now you should have a nice matching icon…

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Which will open up the Stored User Names and Passwords dialog.

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Note that you can also use this to backup and restore your saved passwords, and it should work in either Windows 7, Vista or XP.

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  • Published 07/31/08

Comments (9)

  1. dcj2

    Sweet! The Geek’s knockin’ ‘em outta the park lately!

  2. Richard

    Great Shortcut, but it only had 3 entries, and it wasn’t as i expected. oh well, at least it still works.

  3. USBman

    Cool – nice work!

    I wish KeePass had an option like this! Any ideas??

    I know they are currently working on a version 2.0 (which may include this same ability), but I’m not happy about the fact that it requires the .NET framework – there goes the portable version! …until someone forks the open source code, that is!

  4. Chris

    I assume this only works for sites that have their userid/pword saved in IE?

  5. migmar

    thanks for the information. I hope u’ll post more unique and useful information.

  6. Debra

    Not sure what I just did. I thought it would show me a list of all my password where i checked the “remember my password…” box.

  7. Debra

    So what does the items in the book tell me? From what I can see it only showed me the areas where i remoted in, not the websites I entered with a userid and password.

  8. 4paws

    Too bad you can’t manually add to the list. Otherwise, it’s a great idea.

  9. conficker worm

    is there any way to put shortcut in firfox toolbar of saved passwords ?

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