Persistent Bitwarden UI and maintain unsaved data

When I have to copy things from an item selectively and I go back to the browser extension after clicking off it, the item I was last viewing has gone, this slows me down and makes manual selective filling more difficult.

Feature name

  • Controllable ‘auto close’ behavior on browser

Feature function

  • Give user option to NOT automatically close the browser popup when clicking over to anything else

  • Current behavior makes it really annoying when you have multiple steps involved and are not (or cannot) use the right click menu. (Various reasons for that, including in many cases using the browser plugin for credential access for other windows outside of the browser.)

  • Current behavior is particularly annoying when copying data INTO bitwarden as you can’t do it in one session. I wind up having to save a partial entry, then find and edit, make partial update, repeat - if there are several copy/pastes involved. Really annoying, especially when you click off by mistake and it throws away your entire entry.

  • ALTERNATIVE IMPLEMENTATION: Retain the “last dialog” in BW plugin including any partially entered data. Have a quick dropdown option at the top of the BW menu to bring up the last thing you were looking at - including an unsaved new create/edit entry. This would not be as nice as just being able to tell BW “don’t close unless I tell you to close” - but it would be a huge improvement over current behavior.

Related topics + references

  • This behavior is supported by LastPass and is one of the only major pain points I’ve had moving away from LP to BW.
  • Yes, I am aware of being able to pop out and of the desktop app, but it’s an extra step, and request here is specifically about usability of the plugin within browser.
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Yup. This is an issue.

My duplicate: When user adds a login, make sure entered information is not lost if extension window closes

A possible short term workaround for this in the mean time – add the ability to pop out the browser dialog while on the edit or view screens for an item. Right now, you can only pop out while in the main listing, not on any of the sub-pages.

At least then, if you’re part of the way through entry and realize “Oh, crap I have to click out to copy something else” – at least you can “stick the dialog” by popping it out. (Maybe that should even be the behavior of the persist – instead of just having the dialog to warn/save – offer to pop out the window.)

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Showing the message “Do you want to save?” when the document with unsaved data is about to be closed, had been a staple of user interface with computers for the last 50 years at least. Each and every programmer who suddenly found himself not having implemented it in his program, must do it within the next 30 seconds, acting on pure reflex, without even thinking, not to mention collecting any votes.

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I’ve been running into this problem since I moved from Lastpass to Bitwarden recently, specifically when adding a new item using the browser extension.

A simple way to avoid the problem would be to just do what Lastpass does and make the add item button, in the top-right of the browser extension, open a new tab in the browser to enter the information, as that allows users to switch between tabs to copy and paste information before saving the new item, without the information being lost when switching away.

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Save as above: click add; start entering info, switch tab/window/app; info’s gone. Was almost catastrophic as I lost a 6 digit pin and one-time-view recovery key. Fortunatley I was able to remember the random pin I just made up and recover the newly created account (creating another new account wasn’t an option).

I know there was another thread about this that I replied to a while ago … can’t find it.

But can confirm that this is a problem. I’ve lost partially filled new Logins several times. Usually it’s not a real problem, but it is extremely annoying when it happens.

This feature is less of a feature and more of a major usability bug, IMO.

I’m fairly new to Bitwarden, but I repeated lose partially saved entries and have to start all over. It’s maddening, at times. I have started to train myself to at least hit Save before switching windows, but then I have to re-open Bitwarden extension and hit Edit again when I want to paste in new information.

It causes me dozens of extra clicks and wasted time and at least a few times, lost passwords, when creating new entries.

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This is a major function! I’m constantly loosing info couse of this.
Now i know im not alone

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For some reason I thought this was not an issue in Chrome, but I see it has the same behavior. In the desktop app it will stop you with a warning. I think the desktop app is Chromium powered, but it isn’t dealing with a browser’s UI limitations. No luck finding the code snippet that said something about this issue.

Feature name

Warning for saving items or changes in case of closing of the program.

Feature function

This feature will prevent accidentally discard of new created or changed items.

This one is extremely annoying. Especially when copy pasting credentials from outside the browser.

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I agree and have done this several times by mistake. I am not a noob!

Just adding my name to this issue as I find that the core reason for using a password manager is browser extension behaviour and features. While Bitwarden is free or low cost it should invest in UX.
This is not a feature request. this is a basic functionality of a password manager app/ extension.

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+1 +1 +1. Everything I wanted to say has been said. Multiple times. juannm’s animation showing the same process in Bitwarden vs LastPass really captures it well. Is a fix likely anytime soon? This issues has lingered for years.

+1 here as i had this issue recently.

if you use the browser extension (Brave) in my case and create an entry on the fly, unless you dismount the extension from the extension bar, the second it “hides” all the info you were adding; username, password, TOTP etc are instantly lost!

It should save it and either auto save or prompt to save before deleting it all.

I know this request was already said to be in the backlog (for over a year), but with this being a major UX flaw causing potential loss of data, IMO it should have priority over new “cool” features.

Feature Request!

Feature name

  • Improve Autofill Service On Android (11)

Feature function

  • Autofill service should be improved on Android…
    It’s automatically getting disabled… Which is annoying :pleading_face:

  • When I login to a site the save prompt appears … After clicking on “Save” it take me to the app … and I have to click on save to save the credintials … It’s really disappointing…

So, bring a feature to save login with one click :pray::pray:

Related topics + references

  • When we use Google Password Manager (I can’t trust this )… We just click on save … And its done …

TIA.

## Feature name
Sticky UI and friends

## Feature functions

  • Option to keep extension open when losing focus.
  • Be allowed to rearrange, create or delete every single type of field
  • Have the [Check Pw] [Copy Pw] [View Pw] buttons spaced out a bit for fewer miss clicks
  • Also Make those Icons a bit more Intuitive. I have to wait for the tooltip all the time.
  • I would argue further to have the [Pop out to a new window] button moved when popped.
    I often pop a third window to life when instinctively clicking believing it to re attach itself.
  • Have the ability to add pictures to Identitys.
  • Ability to color folders and even color the fields lables
  • Alternatively at least get some additional icons to choose from.
  • Reamping the whole “add a file” thingie adding the feel of an actual file stored inside with an Icon.
  • While reamping also add support for more special filetypes.

It would be great if adding a pgp-key would be treated as a special object instead of the user having to cut and paste
the exact right characters wherever there’s room.

I have just migrated to the Vivaldi browser and while working as before I did noticed that when popping out to a new
window, at least in Vivaldi, you get a complete browser and not a slimed beautiful modal.

## What benefits will this feature bring?

I have been using Bitwarden for quite some time now and would love some additional structure tools.
I have fallen in this trap so many times I just don’t know what!

  • Create a new login
  • Enter User Name
  • Enter URL
  • Generate a Password
  • Clicking on the homepage to paste said Password…
  • Bitwarden closes abruptly and poofs my work while pasting the password,
    completing the account creation and then erasing my password from my
    clipboard since I like having it auto erase after 30 seconds.

I would also like to be allowed to place the different field boxes inside logins,
where I want to. All of them. I seldom enter any notes and don’t know what TOTO (?) is
so those fields could go. Maybe even get erased.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like Bitwarden more than the other ones I have tried,
I just love to have a lot of customization options. and not just “Light” or “Dark” theme which is the norm now a days.

And finally. Would it be possible to have the Composing e-mail free floating and not just fullscreen or awkward corner-mode.

Thank you for your time and any questions arises they will gladly be answered.

/n00b

Summary

But I don’t have any secrets right now.