How to Reset Apple Keychain

Kill those annoying Keychain popups:

If you ever reset your password on a Mac, applications will prompt that you re-enter your keychain passwords. The problem arises because some apps are using forgotten passwords from years ago causing an annoyance of pop-up messages you can’t dismiss. If your problem is with Microsoft Outlook or Lync, use tip #3 below.

#1 – Keychain First Aid

Open Keychains Repair Tool found in the Utilities folder, then from the menu bar choose Keychain Access, then Keychain First Aid, then enter your password, verify then start it. If there are any problems click Repair then Start.

#2 – Rest Default Keychains

If the First Aid approach doesn’t work, then try Resetting your Keychain. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Keychain Access, which is in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.
  2. From the Keychain Access menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click General, then click Reset My Default Keychain.
  4. Authenticate with your account login password.
  5. Quit Keychain Access then Restart your computer.

#3 – Only Remove Microsoft Outlook and Lync Keychain Access

Here’s how to disable keychain access for only my Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Lync leaving other app access in place:

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. In the top menu select Go.
  3. Select Go to Folder.
  4. Enter ~/Library/Keychains.
  5. Delete All Keys Related to OC_KeyContainer.

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