Vaults, Folders, Tags

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What is the difference between the three... vaults, folders and tags?
When inputting my husband's infos, should I use folders?
I'm not understanding what tags are for. (Providing examples would help. The same goes for folders and vaults.)

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  • MrC
    Volunteer Moderator

    Hi @marlene,

    A Vault is your basic storage container for all your items (Logins, Credit Cards, Secure Notes, etc.). Everything you have goes into the Vault. However, you can have multiple vaults, and this allows you to maintain separation of items. For example, you might want your main vault to be your personal vault, and also maintain a Work vault where you store work-related items. But there are other ways to manage this separation, and you've hit upon them already with Folders and Tags.

    See this article and its sub-articles regarding Folders & Tags. Also, here's a nice discussion regarding Folders.

    Tags are useful when you want to mark some items for use via Smart Folders. A Smart Folder is simply a query-based view of your items - it is a virtual folder that shows you items that match the specified query.

  • Megan
    1Password Alumni

    Hi @marlene,

    I'm not sure I can explain it any better than MrC has above! Please let me know if you have any questions after reading his post, and the articles that he has linked to. I'd love to keep chatting about organization if you would like any clarification. :)

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