PasswordStore User Guide

  version 1.0

Before we start...

There is no guarantee that PasswordStore is bug free.
You cannot hold the author of PasswordStore responsible for any loss of data or security loopholes.
If you do not agree with this policy, DO NOT USE PasswordStore.

PasswordStore is copyright Henke-Ku Software, 2011.
The icons in PasswordStore are copyright FAMFAMFAM ( and VistaIco ( and used under license.

I. Introduction

PasswordStore is a little tool which helps you to keep passwords and other sensitive information away from prying eyes. PasswordStore uses the Rijndael algorithm for securing your data.
You can only read your data if you know the proper password.

II. Starting PasswordStore

If you start PasswordStore you are prompted for a password. In case the default file does not exist, you can enter any password or even cancel the log in.
In case you entered a password it will then be used when you save the file.

III. Changing the password

After logging in, you can change the password by selecting the "Change Password" entry from the "Options" menu. After changing the password you need to save the file.

IV. Adding data

In order to add data to PasswordStore, select any entry in the list. Then, choose any of the options:

  1. Click on "+" in the toolbar
  2. Select "Add" in the context menu (right click)
  3. Press "Insert" on your keyboard.

V. Renaming an entry

If you wish to rename an entry in PasswordStore, select an entry in the list.
Then, you can modify it by choosing one of these options:

  1. Click on the pencil in the toolbar
  2. Select "Rename" in the context menu (right click)
  3. Press F2 on your keyboard
  4. Click anywhere within the borders of the selected entry text.

Please note that you cannot rename the "Store" entry.

VI. Deleting an entry

If you want to delete an entry in PasswordStore, select an entry in the list.
Then, choose any of these methods:

  1. Click on "-" in the toolbar
  2. Select "Delete" in the context menu (right click)
  3. Press "Delete" on your keyboard.

Please note that you cannot delete the "Store" entry.

VII. Creating new files

By default, PasswordStore creates its data file in the local AppData path. On Windows Vista/Windows 7 the path is like C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Henke-Ku Software\PasswordStore. If you want to create a new file which you want to save at a different location, click either on the document in the toolbar or select "New" in the "File" menu.

VIII. Saving files

To save a file at its current location, just click on the floppy disk or select "Save" from the "File" menu.
If you want to save a file at a different location, select "Save As..." from the "File" menu.
Whenever you save a file, it is added to the "Recent Files" list.

IX. Opening files

If you want to open a file from a different location, select "Open" from the "File" menu. Each successfully opened file will be added to the "Recent Files" list.

X. Making PasswordStore portable

Although PasswordStore's default location is in the local AppData path, you can easily change its behavior so that it uses its local directory instead. This is useful if you want to run PasswordStore from a USB stick or portable hard drive. To use this feature, just put a file named UseLocal or UseLocal.txt into the same directory as PasswordStore. PasswordStore will then create a sub-directory "data" which holds its files.

XI. Platform dependency

PasswordStore is written in the .NET framework version 4.0. As it does not have any ties to the Microsoft namespace (other than Windows.Forms) it should run very well with Mono ( However, this is just an assumption based on the Mono website which states that they support the .NET framework up to version 4.0 and has not been tested.

XII. Updates

To download updates for PasswordStore, please go to this website:

XIII. Contact

If you have any suggestions or problems with PasswordStore, please do not hesitate to contact me at

To contact me by mail, please send a letter to:
Martin Henke
Trappenweg 18d
14612 Falkensee