The icons for Password Safe in the notification area are multiplying like
rabbits. When I see "No safe open" it seems I have to start a new instance of
Password Safe from the Windows Start Menu. Is that the same thing as a "safe"?
PWS does lots of things but, currently, breeding like rabbits has not been
implemented! If you require this function, please raise a new Feature Request
but no promises of when it may be available :-)
If you right-click on the icon and see "No Safe open", just select "Restore"
to bring it out of the notification area so that you can open your "safe" or
You can open databases via File->Open menu item, or via the name of the last
opened database directly on the File menu (if you have selected that they are
on the File menu via Manage->Options; System tab) or File menu "Recent Safes"
(if you have selected that they are in a sub-menu on the File menu via
Manage->Options; System tab)).
On the same Options tab, you can prevent multiple instances so that whenever
you start it again, the current instance will be displayed - even if there is
no current database open.
Note the above options require you to exit PWS completely and restart it to
Many thanks for this, but clicking on "Restore" does nothing.
I am sorry but it works for me and I can't reproduce it.
I have some questions:
"No Safe open" is normally present when you have opened your database and then
close it or it is started with command line arguements (see Command Line
Arguments in the Help file).
If it is related to the shortcut in your Startup folder, you could move it to
you desktop temporarily (in case you want to move it back), logoff and log
back on and start it manually via the Start menu.
PS. I forgot: you can also open and close a database via the Toolbar.
I am using v3.28 on Windows 7 Home Premium. It starts automatically on boot-
There are no command line arguments. At startup it does not present a request
for password. I am also using Actual Window Manager (Actual Tools) - I don't
if there is a clash. At the moment there is a black icon in the Notifications
also a green one. The black one shows 'No Safe Open' etc. but I think this is
greyed out -
it is hard to tell. At the moment "Restore" does work from the green icon.
I don't know anything about Actual Window Manager - sorry.
The green icon means that the database is open but locked i.e. you need to
enter your passphrase to re-open it. "Restore" should then prompt you for your
passphrase and then open it.
The black icon means that there is no open safe with this PWS instance (i.e.
not unlocked or locked ). It probably isn't greyed out but clicking on it
shouldn't do anything and it probably should be changed to be greyed out.
However, clicking on "Restore" should open PWS from which you can open a
database (this should look the same as your other instance after you had
closed its database).
You could unselect the option to allow multiple instances (Manage->Options;
System tab) with a full exit (File->Exit) and re-start to activate this
option. This may stop you having the extra instance running. Maybe you could
disable Actual Window Manager temporarily to see if it is the cause.
Many thanks for your help on this. I have deselected multiple instances which
should have a contraceptive effect on the notification area icons, and save
confusion on my part.
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