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Easier than Ever: Create Custom Fields in a few Clicks

authored by:

Ryan Luibrand

posted on:

October 5th, 2021

With the recent release Bitwarden now has a new option for Copy Custom Field Name in the context, or right-click, menu in browsers. This straightforward option finds the ID/name of the field or text box within the HTML code and copies it to the clipboard. This greatly simplifies the creation of custom fields and makes it easier than ever for Bitwarden users to add more data fields to vault items. Read on to learn about custom fields and how the new context menu option works.

What are custom fields useful for?

While storing a username and password will fulfill the needs for most logins, there are sometimes situations requiring more information. Examples include a checkbox that needs to be filled indicating agreement to the site’s terms, a text box for a required domain to log onto a network, or an employee PIN to accompany the login to a company portal. Custom fields offer an elegant, simple solution to autofill for a wide range of additional entry items.

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Frequent-flyer number is one example where a custom field would be useful

How to create a custom field

All boxes that accept user input in a webpage are known as fields, and have invisible names embedded in the page’s code. Creating a custom field hinges on capturing this name.

There are two methods for doing this:

1. Using the new context menu

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Use the context menu to copy the name of the field

With the new context menu feature, simply right click the field, select the Bitwarden sub-menu, then click on Copy Custom Field Name. Bitwarden will run through the code and find the right ID/Name for the field and save it to the clipboard for easy pasting.

2. Inspecting the element and looking at HTML code

The option to manually find the code in the HTML can help with fields that might be tricky or require extra customization options.

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View the text box’s code in HTML to find the name/id

Right click on the field in your browser then select Inspect. This will bring up a window that shows the page’s code and highlights where the field is within it. Find its ‘id’, ‘name’, ‘aria-label’ or ‘placeholder’ value (in that preferred order) and copy it to the clipboard.

Adding the custom field to a login

In the Web Vault, desktop, or browser extension clients, open up your login (or other Vault item) for editing, and scroll down towards the bottom to the Custom Fields section.

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  1. In the dropdown, select the type Text for simple text input; Hidden for items like PINs that show up as dots in the boxes; and Boolean for items like checkboxes
  2. Click on Add Custom Field
  3. Paste the name from the clipboard that was copied from either of the two steps above into the Name field that appeared
  4. Add in the Value to autofill. For Boolean options it’ll appear as a check box
  5. Save the changes. It’s good to go!

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Now, when autofilled (hint: Ctrl/CMD + Shift + L), the custom field will be filled too, along with the username and password!

Learn more

With custom fields users can customize their vaults beyond typical logins. For example, in one community case a student user beat the crowd and quickly nabbed seats for high-demand classes before they filled up with the help of custom fields for filling out the class registration forms.

Expanded functions can help with field names that might vary across pages and sites. Details are available on the help page. These functions could be useful for adding a ZIP code to a stored credit card for use across pages, for example. Custom fields also support up to 5000 characters in length, so RSA 4096-bit SSH keys can be stored and autofilled.

Visit bitwarden.com today to learn more about other features, plans, pricing, and how Bitwarden keeps data secure!

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