However, manually having to browse through the keys has always been a tedious process, even for advanced users, but now the Registry editor is getting a address bar that allows you to quickly copy and paste a path to jump right into the location. The new address bar is available with the Creators Update for Windows 10, it appears at the top of the editor below the file menu, and it reads “Computers” by default, which indicates the root path. When you’re trying to tweak a setting on Windows 10 (perhaps using a guide you found online), you can simply paste the path and press Enter to jump to the key.

Registry address bar shortcuts

Windows 10 also incorporates a few shortcuts to speed up your search. Instead of typing HKEY_Classes_Root, you can simply type HKCR. Here’s the list of the available shortcuts:


In addition, you can use CTRL + L or ALT + D keyboard shortcuts to set focus on the address bar and quickly get to a location. While this is a minor feature, it’s a welcome addition that makes the Registry a little bit easier to use and it will actually save you some time as browsing those keys can be a little annoying. Keep in mind that similar to the address bar in File Explorer, the bar in the Registry editor cannot be used to do keyword searches, you’ll still need to use the find feature (F3) to do that. If you don’t see the new address bar in the Registry is probably because you’re not running the Windows 10 Creators Update. If you’re an Insider, you can use this feature starting build 14942 and later. How often do you edit the Registry? Does this feature makes things a little easier? Tell us in the comments below. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.