How to jump to a registry key directly ?


When you start Regedit, it automatically opens the last key that was viewed. (Registry Editor in Windows XP saves the last viewed registry key in a separate location). If you wish to jump to a particular registry key directly without navigating the paths manually, you may use any of these methods / tools.

Option 1

Using a VBScript:  Copy these lines to a Notepad document as save as registry.vbs

'Launches Registry Editor with the chosen branch open automatically

'Author  : Ramesh Srinivasan

'Website: http://windowsxp.mvps.org

 

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

Dim MyKey

MyKey = Inputbox("Type the Registry path")

MyKey = "My Computer\" & MyKey

WshShell.RegWrite "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit\Lastkey",MyKey,"REG_SZ"

WshShell.Run "regedit", 1,True

Set WshShell = Nothing

Double-click Registry.vbs and then type the full registry path which you want to open. [ Example: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.MP3 ]

Limitation: The above method does not help if Regedit is already open.

Option 2

Regjump from Sysinternals.com

This little command-line applet takes a registry path and makes Regedit open to that path. It accepts root keys in standard (e.g. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) and abbreviated form (e.g. HKLM).

Usage: regjump [path]

Example: C:\Regjump HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mp3

Option 3

12Ghosts JumpReg from 12ghosts.com

Jump to registry keys from a tray icon! This is a surprisingly useful tool. You can manage and directly jump to frequently accessed registry keys. Unlimited list size, jump to keys and values, get current key with one click, jump to key in clipboard, jump to same in key in HKCU or HKLM. Manage and sort keys with comments in an easy-to-use tray icon menu. Create shortcuts for registry keys.

Option 4

To Jump to Registry key from Internet Explorer / Firefox, use my menu extension here:

Add "Go To Registry Key" to the Right-Click Menu in Internet Explorer