Possible to show Bitwarden from system tray with a shortcut?

I’m trying to switch from KeePass. I’m curious how to open Bitwarden from the system tray using a keyboard shortcut? In KeePass I can do this with e.g. Ctrl + Alt + K

My OS: Windows 11

In Windows, you can launch the Bitwarden app using a keyboard shortcut, using the following procedure to define the keyboard shortcut that you want to use:

  1. Find the Bitwarden Desktop App icon in the Start Menu or in the “All Apps” list (accessible from the Start Menu).
  2. Right-click the app icon, and select “Open file location” (in the “All Apps” list, you may first have to select “More”). This should take you to a Bitwarden shortcut icon in Windows Explorer.
  3. Right-click the shortcut icon, and select “Properties”. This should open a “Bitwarden Properties” window with multiple tabs.
  4. Go to the “Shortcut” tab in the Properties window, and look for the field named “Shortcut key” with the value “None”.
  5. In the “Shortcut key” field, place the cursor at the end of the word “None”, and type a single backslash character (K), or any other character of your choice. The field should now read “Ctrl + Alt + K”.
  6. Click OK.

You should now be able to launch the app using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+K.

If you prefer, you can press a function key (F1F12) in Step 5, in which case the function key by itself will launch the app.


Furthermore, it is possible to launch the Bitwarden Desktop app from the system tray, by going to File > Settings in the app, and enabling an appropriate combination of the following five options:


Thanks for the advice.

It works, but a bit slow. If you run this shortcut several times, it will take effect with a delay. It’s not for me, tbh.

I would prefer a solution based on e.g. AutoHotKey - something like simulating a mouse click on a tray icon.

I did some tests using [LIB] TrayIcon - Sean's TrayIcon for Unicode and 64 bit - AutoHotkey Community and at first glance it works fine like this:

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