Add Registry Key Bookmarks

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 11, 2007
Updated • Oct 17, 2015
Windows, Windows tips

If you happen to work regularly with the Registry of your Windows system you might have thought that it would be great to be able to open the most used registry keys using a bookmark like system.

It's kinda funny that I never noticed until now that it is possible to add Registry keys to the registry favorites.

This way you can open these previously saved keys directly without having to use the tree structure in the Registry's sidebar to do so, or to use the search.

To open the Windows Registry, tap on the Windows-key, type regedit and hit enter. You may need to confirm an UAC prompt depending on the version of Windows you are running and your account level.

If you look at the menu bar of the registry you see that it has a Favorites tab. In there you can select to add a Registry key to the favorites or remove a favorite that was created previously on the system.

All you need to make sure of is that you have highlighted the key before you hit the "add to favorites" link in the menu bar. Doing so will add the marked key to the favorites so that you can open it at any point in time when you require access to it.

Keys that have been added are displayed beneath those options; Clicking on one of the bookmarked keys opens that key in your registry.

If you click on Remove Favorites you can remove them in a new Window by selecting the ones that you want to remove. This is a great way to bookmark several paths that you use a lot.

The menu can become crowded if you add too many keys to the favorites. There is unfortunately no option to create folders there so that you need to be careful about it to avoid an overflowing menu there.

Adding keys to the favorites is an excellent way if you work with select keys regularly in the Windows Registry. It takes two clicks of the mouse to open any key that you have saved previously this way.

Add Registry Key Bookmarks
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Add Registry Key Bookmarks
Find out how to bookmark Registry locations so that you can open them with the native Registry Editor with two simple clicks.

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  1. Kip said on September 12, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve always used Registrar Lite, a free registry editor with many additional features

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