"Windows Registry Editor - The Starting Point to Discover the Registry Secrets"

Windows registry editor are a place that allows you to see all the registry entries. You also can use registry editors for viewing, adding, deleting, and modifying registry elements.

However, it's not advice for a computer beginner to alter anything on the registry as it can cause your computer Windows corrupted.

All versions of registry editors supplied with all versions of the Windows operating system are automatically installed during the installation process. However, neither of these registry tools are included in the Start button, and Setup doesn't create desktop shortcuts for them.

To open the Windows Registry Editor

  • From the Start button, click Run.
  • From the Run dialog box displayed, type in regedit. Click OK.
  • As you can see, the Registry Editor has a user interface similar to that of Windows Explorer.
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  • If you click [+] to the left of the folder, this will expand the respective registry key displaying its subkey hierarchical structure. This operation expands the key tree to the next nesting level.
  • If the subkeys contain other nested keys, they'll also have the [+] sign to the left of the folder. The subkeys, in turn, can also be expanded to view the next level of registry hierarchy.
  • When you reach the lowest level of nesting, the [?] sign will appear to the left of the folder icon. This means that the key can't be expanded further, and you can only go up the hierarchical tree.
  • If neither the [+] nor [?] icons are present, this means that the key doesn't contain any subkeys.

Here are the keyboard shortcuts that you can use:

Key Description
+ Expands the selected registry key by one level to show its subkeys
- Collapses the selected registry key by one level
Moves you up to the next key
Moves you down to the next key
Expands the selected key by one level to show subkeys; if there are no subkeys, moves you down to the next key
Collapses the selected key if it was open; otherwise, moves you up to the next key
Tab Moves you to the next pane of the Registry Editor window

The elements of Windows Registry Editor

The following are the screen elements of the registry editor:

registry editor interface elements

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