I find myself editing Windows 7 Registry data on a very regular basis, so much that I've decided to bind Ctrl+R to the Regedit window. However, it'd be very neat for me to be able to paste registry locations — such as 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SystemFileAssociations' — just like I can copy and paste links in Google Chrome and directories in Windows Explorer. This would save me a lot of time when the registry file itself is not provided on the website that shows me how to do something.

I know these things don't work like Chrome links and directories, but surely this isn't impossible?

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To copy paths from Regedit, right-click the key (folder) and select "Copy Key Location".

To copy paths to Regedit… update to Windows 10, which (only in Insider builds for now) has an actual editable address bar at the top.

There also long have been various third-party registry editors with such features and more.

Alternatively, use the command-line tools:

reg add "<paste path here>" /v SomeValue /t REG_DWORD /d 0x1234

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