Saving Regedit Favorites in a .reg file

Saving Regedit Favorites in a .reg file

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Regedit.exe has a useful feature – Favorites menu, you can add an often used registry location to favorites to quickly expand to it in the tree view.

But did you know that favorites themselves are stored in registry and so you can have a RegeditFavorites.reg that you run to quickly fill the Favorites menu with your most-used defaults? This is really helpful when configuring a new machine.

To create this file:

  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit\Favorites
  2. File –> Export –> Selected branch, save the .reg file.

It is very meta that the actual favorites location in the registry is also one of my favorites! Here’s my favorites file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit\Favorites]
"HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\VisualStudio\\12.0"="Computer\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\VisualStudio\\12.0"
"AeDebug"="Computer\\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\AeDebug"
"DebugApplications"="Computer\\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Windows Error Reporting\\DebugApplications"
"HKCU\\S\\M\\VS\\12.0\\ReferenceManager"="Computer\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\VisualStudio\\12.0\\ReferenceManager"
"EnableVSIPLogging"="Computer\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\VisualStudio\\12.0\\General"
"Favorites"="Computer\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Applets\\Regedit\\Favorites"
"VSIP InstallDir"="Computer\\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\VisualStudio\\VSIP\\12.0"
"Open with Notepad2"="Computer\\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\*\\shell\\Notepad2"

  • Related, but I love regjump (sysinternals) to open a location and reg.exe (built-in) for scripting queries/modifications.  

    Most places I see people share a .reg file could be replaced by a reg.exe command they could copy-paste instead of trying to share a file. It's easier for me to inspect the parameters to reg.exe than the contents of a .reg file, too. :)

  • Related, but I love regjump (sysinternals) to open a location and reg.exe (built-in) for scripting queries/modifications.  

    Most places I see people share a .reg file could be replaced by a reg.exe command they could copy-paste instead of trying to share a file. It's easier for me to inspect the parameters to reg.exe than the contents of a .reg file, too. :)

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