#224 Unable to Unhide Passwords


I am a personal user and therefore the administrator. I did not change any settings on my KeePass 2.23 (but after issue did upgrade to 2.24 hoping for fix) and it suddenly no longer allowed me to view passwords, or click on to view. I went and checked the policies and I had unchecked the box "Hide data using asterisks". I tried to check and uncheck and it made no difference. For some sites that will not allow auto-type, I have no idea what the password is. Here is what I am getting:

This operation is disallowed by the application policy. Ask your administrator to allow this policy.

The following policy flag is required:
Feature: Unhide passwords
Description: Allow displaying passwords as plain-text

I have searched the forums, but have found nothing but that just did not indicate checking the "Hide data using asterisks" button.

Thank you for any assistance.


  • Paul

    Paul - 2014-01-10

    First, you do not need to display the passwords to use them, you can copy/paste or drag n drop, not to mention Auto-Type.

    The policy settings are contained in KeePass.config.xml. You need to close KeePass, then find this file and rename it. See the configuration help for file locations: http://keepass.info/help/base/configuration.html

    cheers, Paul

  • Dominik Reichl

    Dominik Reichl - 2014-01-12

    The 'Unhide Passwords' must be activated for this. Restart KeePass after toggling any policy option.

    Either ensure that you have write access to your configuration file, or delete/rename it like Paul suggested.

    Best regards,

  • Dominik Reichl

    Dominik Reichl - 2014-01-12
    • status: open --> closed
    • Priority: 1 --> 5

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