This tip is for more advanced users. It applies to Windows XP / Vista / 7
Entries in the Windows Registry can have very long paths and navigating to a particular entry with the Registry editor Regedit can be tedious. Fortunately, Regedit has a “Find” feature that can simplify many (but not all) searches. Here is how to use it:
- Open the Registry Editor Regedit.
- Press the keyboard combination Ctrl + F.
- The “Find” dialog will open. (See the figure below.) Put a check by the type of entry you are looking for- keys, values, or data. If in doubt, check them all but that makes the search take longer. You can also restrict searches by checking “Match whole string only”.
- In the “Find what” box, enter the key, value, or data you are looking for. Do not enter the complete path. Also, the search function cannot find binary values or REG_DWORD entries. It searches key names, value names, and string data.
- Click “Find next”. The Registry has many entries and a search may take several minutes.
- Sometimes there are numerous subkeys with the same name, such as “CurrentVersion”. Pressing the key “F3” will search for additional entries.
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