Windows 10 Registry Editor Gets Very Welcome Address Bar

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Rafael Rivera in Windows, Windows 10 with 25 Comments

Registry Editor - Address Bar

Sure, there was some good stuff announced as part of today’s release of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14942 to Fast ring testers. But the best news is that the Registry Editor got a new Address Bar. And it’s awesome.

The Registry Editor, the tool built into Windows to view, search for, and change settings in your system registry, hasn’t changed much since Windows 95. But, for some reason or another, we constantly find ourselves in there on an almost daily basis to tweak some knob, pull some lever, or apply some Band-Aid fix.

So I have no doubt you’ll be super excited to discover Microsoft has updated the tool to now have an Address Bar, allowing navigation of the registry tree similar to how you navigate the web. It accepts keyboard input in the form absolute paths, so gone are the days where you click those tiny arrows with the mouse or use mash the arrow keys on the keyboard — down, right, down, right, down, right, down, right, down, right, oh crap I went too far, left, up, … you get the idea. (Okay, maybe the real pros use the command line reg.exe tool instead.)

Need to reconfigure your Just-In-Time debug options? Just copy and paste HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug and bam, you’re there. Found a cool undocumented registry value you want to share with others? Just navigate there and copy what’s in the address bar. No more File – Export trickery needed.

I believe I speak for most IT professionals and developers out there: Thank you, Microsoft.

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    lwetzel Alpha Member #113 - 3 months ago
    It would be nice if they made it a bread crumb thingy.  Then you could just click to go back in the path. Just sayin'.   OMG just saw the edit show up in the comments! A Two fer Day.
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      IanYates82 Alpha Member #1573 - 3 months ago
      In reply to lwetzel:

      Agreed. What Explorer has works really well

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    Wizzwith Alpha Member #2111 - 3 months ago

     First they made the command prompt awesome back in 1507, now this?? Must be a dream!

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    OakLines Alpha Member #155 - 3 months ago

    It's the simple little things that make things great!
    THANK YOU Microsoft 

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    JCerna Alpha Member #527 - 3 months ago

    WOW WOW WO 20 years later finally 

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    Ryster Alpha Member #97 - 3 months ago

    OMG! Freaking awesome!

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    mortarm - 3 months ago

    I've never felt the need for an address bar.  What I'd like to see is a confirmation in the "Searching" dialog box.  As is, there's no way to be sure what you entered was correct.  May not sound like much, until you have to deal with a large registry on a slow system.

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    jpr75 Alpha Member #1733 - 3 months ago

    Are you kidding... after 20+ years they finally update RegEdit.   And all they do is put an address bar in it.   Go get a copy of Registry Workshop.  I stopped using RegEdit years ago.

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    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 3 months ago

    The Control Panel is no longer reachable from the context menu on the start buttom :(

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    navarac Alpha Member #375 - 3 months ago
    .....font is smaller too.  Great stuff
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    JudaZuk Alpha Member #2098 - 3 months ago

    excellent news, best update to a software in a long time :)


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    Elindalyne Alpha Member #1521 - 3 months ago

    Holy crap, this has been needed for like 20 years. Good stuff!

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    Eien Alpha Member #1261 - 3 months ago

    haha... YES

    Thank you Rafael and thank you Microsoft.  I felt odd getting all happy for something like this but it's pretty much gone by the time I started typing.

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    ibmthink Alpha Member #963 - 3 months ago

    Finally! Until now, navigating the Registor Editor really was a pain in the....

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    innitrichie Alpha Member #1889 - 3 months ago

    This is a very welcome addition to the overall registry editing experience. It looks delightful.

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    Energy Alpha Member #2181 - 3 months ago

    This is nice to finally have.  Very glad to see it.  Nice job, Microsoft.