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HOW TO: Encrypt/Decrypt Text Using the Current Window feature with Symantec Encryption Desktop (PGP Desktop) for Windows

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 This article will go over the functionality to encrypt/decrypt text using the "Current Window" or "Clipboard" features.   Symantec Encryption Desktop has another feature called "PGP Viewer" that will allow you to decrypt content using an application.   For more information on PGP Viewer, see the following article:

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This article describes how to encrypt or decrypt text with Symantec Encryption Desktop (PGP Desktop) for Windows.


PGP Desktop includes two features (Current Window and Clipboard) to manually decrypt text.  

Encrypt/Decrypt Text with the "Current Window" Feature

PGP's "Current Window" encryption feature allows you to encrypt/decrypt the text of whatever window is the "current window" on your screen. This feature is accessible by clicking your PGP Tray icon (gray padlock in system tray). To use the "Current Window" feature to encrypt text, do the following: 

  1. Make sure the window--whose body of text you wish to encrypt--is the foremost window on your screen.
  2. Click the PGP Tray icon in your Windows System tray.
  3. Select Current Window.
  4. Click Encrypt or Encrypt & Sign.
  5. If you will be using conventional encryption, check the box labeled Conventional Encryption; otherwise drag the intended recipient(s) to the bottom Recipients window.
  6. Click OK.
  7. If you chose conventional encryption, enter and confirm a passphrase for the file, then click OK. If you chose to sign the file, enter the passphrase for your private key and click OK.

To use the "Current Window" feature to decrypt text, do the following: 

  1. Make sure the window containing the body of text you wish to decrypt is the foremost window on your screen.
  2. Click the PGP Tray icon in your Windows System tray.
  3. Select to Current Window.
  4. Click Decrypt & Verify.
  5. If your passphrase is cached, the decrypted text will be displayed in the PGP Text Viewer. If necessary, click the Copy to Clipboard button, then paste the decrypted data.
  6. If the passphrase for your private key is not cached or if the text was encrypted with conventional encryptionthe Enter Passphrase window will appear (which also shows all the public keys to which the file was encrypted, if applicable).
  7. Enter the passphrase for your private key (or if the text was conventionally encrypted, enter the passphrase chosen by the encrypting user), then click OK. At this point the PGP Text Viewer will appear displaying the decrypted data. If necessary, click the Copy to Clipboard button, then paste the decrypted data.

Encrypt/Decrypt Text with the "Clipboard" Feature

PGP's "Clipboard" encryption feature allows you to encrypt/decrypt text which has been copied to the "Windows clipboard". Thus when you paste the information from the clipboard, it is pasted as encrypted text. To use the "Clipboard" feature to encrypt text, do the following: 

  1. Copy the text which you desire to encrypt.
  2. Click the PGP Tray icon in your Windows System tray.
  3. Select Clipboard.
  4. Click Encrypt or Encrypt & Sign.
  5. If you will be using conventional encryption, check the box labeled Conventional Encryption; otherwise drag the intended recipient(s) to the bottom Recipients window.
  6. Click OK.
  7. If you chose conventional encryption, enter and confirm a passphrase for the file, then click OK. If you chose to sign the file, enter the passphrase for your private key and click OK.
  8. Now paste the contents of the clipboard into a text editor. At this point an encrypted PGP message should be pasted.

To use the "Clipboard" feature to decrypt text, do the following: 

  1. Copy the text which you desire to decrypt.
  2. Click the PGP Tray icon in your Windows System tray.
  3. Point to Clipboard.
  4. Click Decrypt & Verify.
  5. If your passphrase is cached, the decrypted text will be copied to the clipboard.
  6. If the passphrase for your private key is not cached or if the text was encrypted with conventional encryption the Enter Passphrase window will appear (which also shows all the public keys to which the file was encrypted, if applicable). The text will then be copied to the clipboard.
  7. Now paste the contents of the clipboard into a text editor. The pasted text should be in decrypted and readable form.

 

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