Problem displaying Wi-Fi passwords in Network Preferences and Keychain

Discussion in 'macOS' started by makurious, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. makurious macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2012
    I have always been able to click "show password" in my network preferences in order to find a wi-fi password that has already been entered into that computer. Now when I click the box, the characters are displayed as asterisks instead. When I check the keychain, I get the same results. I click "display characters" and the characters are displayed as asterisks. This is a very recent development and I have not been able to find any dialogue about it.

    Does anyone know what is going on? I asked a friend to check his computer, and he had the same results, so it is not just mine. I am not looking for other solutions to finding the passwords -- I would like to know what has changed and if there is a way to change it back.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Have you tried running Keychain First Aid to verify or repair the keychain?
  3. makurious thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2012
    I'll give that a try -- but even if there is a keychain error, it does not explain why the network preferences are showing asterisks.

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