The Windows Registry has not received any major updates in the past few years. There have been two major Windows versions released but no major improvement ever came to the Registry Editor. The reason it gets so little attention is probably because not many people use it. Power users tweak things in the registry often enough but they are in the minority. As of Windows insider build 14942 though, the Windows Registry is getting a search feature. It allows users to paste a path to a location instead of having to manually find it. Here’s how it works.
When you open the Registry Editor in build 14942, you will see a new bar at the top that reads ‘Computer’ by default. This is the default location the registry opens with.
Paste in the location you want to go to and hit the Enter key. Registry Editor will jump right to it. The folder you want to access is expanded when the registry opens the location.
This is a small but much needed feature. Opening a location in the registry is annoying. The long list of folders you have to go through to get to the right one is difficult to navigate. Some folders have so many nested folders in them that it can take quite a while to get to the right one.
With the search feature, you can copy and paste a location and it will take you right to it. You can’t change the default location the registry opens at. The search bar will always be set to Computer. We can only hope this feature is rolled out to the stable version ASAP. It’s only available on the Insider Build’s fast ring so there’s bound to be a wait before it graduates to the stable version.