Tip: Print passwords from iCloud keychain

Tip: Print passwords from iCloud keychain

Question: I am considering switching to Apple’s integrated password management. However, I haven’t discovered a function to print out all the passwords from iCloud Keychain. I would like to put a physical backup in the vault. Am I missing something or is there a trick?

Mac & i replies: In fact, Apple didn’t think of a print function. However, since macOS 12 Monterey and Safari 15 from macOS 10.15 you can export individual or all passwords. To do this, open the password management and click on the button with the three dots below the account list. Use “Export all passwords” to save the “Passwords.csv” file in a folder. Since the CSV file contains all passwords in plain text, it’s best not to save them to a folder that’s cloud-synced.

You can use the export functions to print out your passwords for the safe.

Now open the file with Apple’s Numbers spreadsheet, which you can get for free from the App Store. In principle you can print the opened table directly with Cmd + P. However, if the columns are particularly wide, you will get a very small font because Numbers tries to accommodate the table in a paper-saving manner.

Therefore, first select all cells of the table with Cmd + A and activate the option “Text wrap in cell” in the right format sidebar in the “Text” tab. The individual columns can now be reduced in size using the dividing lines between the column headings A, B, C, E and F with the mouse. If a text then no longer fits into a cell, it automatically enlarges and the text wraps accordingly. Also, using a narrower font like Arial Narrow will fit more on one line, potentially saving you a few sheets of paper.

Check in the print preview (Cmd + P) whether the font is large enough. The value for “Content scaling” serves as a guide here. By default, Numbers uses font size 10 for imported CSV files. With a scaling of “50%”, for example, you get a font size of 5 points in the printout. Then you would have to put a magnifying glass in the safe. It is advisable to use landscape format if necessary. Also reduce the margins in the print preview, for example to “1 cm”. In order to be able to assign the contents of the cells better, you should also activate the “Repeat table title” setting. This means that the column headings are on every page and not just on page 1.

If everything fits, click on the print button. The system’s print dialog appears, where you can also restrict the pages to be printed for test prints.

After printing, you should delete the “Passwords.csv” file to be on the safe side. The best way to bypass the Recycle Bin is to select the file in the Finder, hold down the Option key and choose “Delete Immediately” from the File menu.

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