Windows 10 Registry Editor Gets Very Welcome Address Bar

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Rafael Rivera in Windows, Windows 10 with 22 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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