The Windows Registry is one of the cores of the Windows operating system. It is therefore only natural that you can tweak a lot of settings in the Registry that you can't using the control panel or other interfaces that Windows makes available.
If you have ever read through a tweaking guide you know that you are usually asked to navigate to a specific key in the Registry by following a path that leads to it. This involves launching the Registry Editor or a third party replacement manually, before you can navigate the folder structure displayed in the left sidebar to get to the key you are asked to manipulate.
There are ways to speed up things. You can write Registry scripts that you can run right from your desktop just like any other software to automatically modify keys in the Registry.
Registry Key Jumper offers another alternative. The free program lets you jump straight to any key in the Registry. Even better, it opens the Registry Editor automatically during the process.
The portable program ships with a set of favorite keys that you can jump to right away or modify as you see fit. You have a lot of options to open a selected key in the Registry:
A list of favorite keys is handy without doubt, but what makes this program quite useful is how you use it to display new Registry keys in the Windows Registry.
Probably the easiest way to do so is to copy the Registry key, for example HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, to the Windows Clipboard. You can paste any key using the Ctrl-V shortcut when the Registry Key Jumper window is active. It is automatically displayed here and all you have to do to open it is to use one of the available options displayed above, for example enter.
But, it gets even better than that. You can also jump to any key directly using the Ctrl-Alt-X shortcut the program makes available. It is a global shortcut that works for as long as the program is running. So, copy the Registry key to the clipboard and use Ctrl-Alt-X to open it afterwards. It does not get faster than that.
You can add, edit or remove any key from the favorites list. This can be useful if you work with the same set of keys regularly.
Registry Key Jumper is a useful portable program for Windows that is especially helpful for users who tweak or edit Registry keys regularly. The global hotkey that enables you to jump to any Registry key stored in the Clipboard is probably the fastest way you have to jump to any key in the Registry.
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