Registry Editing Tips

by Eric Geier [Published on 9 May 2012 / Last Updated on 11 Oct. 2011]

Navigate directly to Registry keys and perform changes much quicker.

The Registry Editor in Windows isn’t the most user-friend tool. Navigating to keys is pretty cumbersome. However, there are third-party tools that help—a godsend if you do any registry edits.

Windows Sysinternals offers a command-line tool, called RegJump. It accepts registry paths in standard form (e.g. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) or abbreviated form (e.g. HKLM) and opens Regedit to that path. Then you can also add a shortcut to the right-click menu in Internet Explorer with the Go to Registry Key tool. Then you can simply highlight a path in IE, right-click it, and select Go to Registry Key.

Another tool you might try is JumpReg. It offers numerous shortcuts and tools for Registry navigating and editing. You open keys from paths you’ve copied to the Clipboard, bookmark keys, create desktop shortcuts to keys, jump between same keys in Current_User and Local_Machine, and more.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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