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I need to open a registry key such as the following in regedit.

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Foo\Bar

Is there a tool which will navigate to the key for me, without my having to navigate the folders myself one by one?

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To add my 2¢, a while back, I wrote a program to simulate keypresses for when regular pasting was not sufficient. I added a special mode for registry keys to let you copy a registry path and press the hotkey while in Regedit to have it automatically navigate to that path. Later, I wrote a program that would do some registry maintenance and needed to provide a jump-to-path function. I ended up having it detect if Regedit is open; if so it sends the right keystrokes (I copied the function from the old program), and if not, it wrote to …Regedit\LastKey, and opened Regedit; Regedit jumps itself. –  Synetech Dec 29 '13 at 20:02
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This cannot be done using regedit.exe itself or any of its command line parameters.

However, Microsoft offers regjump.exe, a small utility (previously from SysInternals) that can be used to open the registry editor to a specified key.

Once you install this you can open to specified key like so:

regjump HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows

or even using abbreviations:

regjump HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows

Available abbreviations are:

HKCR - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
HKCU - HKEY_CURRENT_USER
HKLM - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
HKU - HKEY_USERS
HKCC - HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG
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Works great with Launchy. :) –  muntoo Nov 14 '11 at 5:03
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You can do this by creating a simple VBScript on your desktop, without installing any additional software.

The script simply sets the "last used" key in the registry, before then opening it.

Open Notepad, stick this into it and save it as FooBar.vbs for example:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.RegWrite "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit\Lastkey","HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Foo\Bar","REG_SZ"
WshShell.Run "regedit", 1,True
Set WshShell = Nothing

In the properties for the .vbs file you can tell it not to pop up a black box as it is running the script, to make it a little tidier.

If you wanted to be fancy, you could save the .vbs script somewhere else and create a shortcut on your desktop to it. You would then be able to change the icon and may it look pretty (if you really wanted to).

EDIT - If you wanted to be asked what key you wanted to open each time, here is what you would use instead:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Dim JumpToKey
JumpToKey=Inputbox("Which registry key would you like to open?")
WshShell.RegWrite "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit\Lastkey",JumpToKey,"REG_SZ"
WshShell.Run "regedit", 1,True
Set WshShell = Nothing
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Changing the key to be opened to would require editing the script each time, unless it was supplied as a command line argument. Nice solution though, very useful. –  mindless.panda Mar 3 '10 at 21:09
    
Well, I like this one as a solution because its extensible and teaches some basic scripting. I'm assuming you use a input box because running a script via command line requires invoking it via the script host? And so simply doing something like "script /key/foo/bar" isn't straight foward for a script on the command line? –  mindless.panda Mar 3 '10 at 21:28
    
I deleted my comments. Try both and see which is easiest :-) –  Kez Mar 3 '10 at 21:31
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I use a powerful macro program (QWin) all of the time, primarily to type frequently used things. QMenu also has the ability to RUN applications.

When I told the author, Gary Chanson, about regjump and asked if it might be possible to pass the clipboard contents as a command argument, he updated it to allow passing the contents of the clipboard buffer as a variable which means;

When I now copy any key to the clipboard, all I have to do is hit the kotkey for QMenu and type "J" to go directly to that key in Regedit.

However, while the above works in XP, in Win7/8 QMenu fails because of the os' restrictions on running executables. While it would work by setting qMenu up as "RUN as admin" that required approving every keyboard macro that I called. Solution? Set QMenu up to RUN a shortcut for RegJump, and set the shortcut up to "RUN as admin. (you can pass an argument to a shortcut which will pass it on to the program it launches)

If QMenu sounds interesting, I have a page about using it at bevhoward.com/WinTools.htm

Note, while I have been using Gary's tools for many years, different AV programs have flagged some of the files as infected... in the case of the updated QMenu, it got flagged by Avast, but the issue is supposed to be resolved with their next update.

Hope that this information is of value. Beverly Howard

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Welcome to Super User! That's a great reply, but would you mind adding some of the information you have on the page you linked to? It's all good and all, but it's best if it's here - that way, should you site go down or change, the answer to the question is still available. :) –  Thor Dec 29 '13 at 20:11
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In RegEdit you have the ability to bookmark paths.

From the top menu choose

Favorites Add to Favorites

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There is no way of doing this with the standard Registry Editor on it's own.

However, Microsoft/Sysinternals have a tool called Regjump that does exactly what you need - launching to the correct place in registry editor.

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One thing you might consider doing if you use Regjump is to set up an environment variable, for example REGJUMP=C:\path\to\regjump.exe. Then you can use Regjump from the 'Start Search' box in, say, the Windows Vista Start Menu:

typing %REGJUMP% in Start Search box

[You may need to browse to the location of regjump.exe and set regjump.exe to have 'Run this program as an administrator' Privilege Level on the Properties->Compatibility tab. This will ensure that Regjump operates correctly on computers running with User Account Control].

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Nircmd too can do it.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

 Open the desired Registry key/value in RegEdit
 nircmd.exe regedit "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion" "CommonFilesDir"

 Open the Registry key that you copied to the clipboard in RegEdit
 nircmd regedit "~$clipboard$"

RegScanner is a GUI to search the registry, with option to jump to selected key.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

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With Autohotkey plus regjump, you can define a keyboard shortcut to jump to a key path on the clipboard. Example:

^!+k::
  Run path\regjump.exe %clipboard%
  return

Note that for Win7 you'll need to set "Run this as an administrator" in the Compatibilty properties of regjump.exe

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The easiest way is using 3rd-party software. The most effective one is Registry key jumper, and it is a portable freeware.

The most interesting part is that you don't have to copy a registry key: just select it and use CtrlAltX, then i and registry key location will be opened automatically. If you select e and type some text, if there's a registry key inside, Registry key jumper can automatically eliminate the text and will open the key location.

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Copy the below text and save it as a batch file and run

@ECHO OFF<br>SET /P showkey=Please enter the path of the registry key:
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit" /v "LastKey" /d "%showkey%" /f 
start /b regedit

Enter the path of the registry key you wish to open when the batch file prompts for it and press Enter and you would be able to open regedit with required registry key path.

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