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There are plenty of ways to make changes to your Windows system. Some of them involve only simple toggles in the Settings app How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide The Windows control panel is on its way out. Its replacement, the Settings app, has received a significant upgrade in Windows 10. We'll reveal all its secrets for you. Read More , while further changes can be made with dedicated software. The most involved tweaks involve editing the Registry.

Many of the tips and tricks we share use Registry edits to work their magic. Of course, with great power comes the potential for issues, so we recommend reviewing Registry safety tips How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry Working with the Windows registry? Take note of these tips, and you'll be much less likely to do lasting damage to your PC. Read More before you jump in.

Once you’ve gotten comfortable in the Registry, you’ll notice that its interface is kind of clunky. Further, navigating between different hierarchies can take a bit of time, especially if you often make Registry tweaks. To jump directly to a specific Registry key, you can use one of these methods.

For a simple method, you can do this easily with a batch script How to Write a Simple Batch (BAT) File How to Write a Simple Batch (BAT) File Batch files can automate everyday computer tasks. We'll show you how batch files work and teach you the basics. By the end of this article, you'll have written your first batch file. Read More . Start up a fresh Notepad window, and paste this in:

@ECHO OFF & setlocal
SET /P "showkey=Please enter the path of the registry key: "
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit" /v "LastKey" /d "%showkey%" /f 
start "" regedit

Name it anything you like, but be sure it ends in .bat. When you run that batch file, Windows will open a Command Prompt window and ask to enter a Registry key. Paste one in, and the tool will launch the Registry editor at that key.

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If you’d like a more advanced tool, the free Registry Key Jumper is for you. This utility allows you to add your most-used keys to a list, and instantly jump to any of them. For even more convenience, you can set a keyboard shortcut that instantly jumps to any Registry key that you copy to the Clipboard.

Do you need to have certain Registry keys ready all the time? Let us know if you took advantage of these shortcuts!

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