How to add Favorites to the Registry Editor in Windows 10

If you’re a regular user of the Registry Editor, then you may want to consider adding Favorites to make life much easier. You see, whatever changes are made to the Windows Registry are usually cleared whenever the user upgrades to a new build of Windows 10.

Add Favorites to Windows Registry Editor

Add Favorites to Windows Registry Editor

If you want to save your Favorites to make sure they are carried over to the next build or install, follow these not so simple steps and you’ll be home free.

Bear in mind, if you do not have sufficient experience with using the Registry, then you may want to think twice before following our lead because a simple mistake could spell disaster for your Windows 10 install, and that’s something no one wants to deal with right now.

Use the Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit into the box and click OK to open the Windows Registry Editor.

Navigate to the registry key you want to set as your favorite and then click on it. Next, look at the menu at the top for Favorites, navigate there then click on Add to Favorites.

You should see a pop-up box that asks for a name to give your favorite. Type in a name and then click on OK to move on.

Going forward, you should now see your new registry favorite under the Favorites tab.

Remove Favorites from the Registry

Remove registry key from Favorites is quite easy. Just fire up the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows Key + R, then type regedit into the box. Click on OK and wait for the Registry Editor to launch.

After launching, click on Favorites from the tab above, then select Remove Favorite. You’ll now need to choose the Favorite you wish to delete and simply click on OK to activate the deletion. You’ll now see that the Favorite has been removed, gone.

Export & Save Favorites Registry key for future use

To do this, launch the Run dialog yet again by pressing the Windows Key + R, then type regedit into the box, and hit Enter. After launching the editor, click on Favorites, then seek out the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit\Favorites

The items below Default is your Favorites. Now, just right-click on the Favorites key, then select Export from the pop-up menu. Finally, choose the location of where you want the file to be stored, and hit Save.

You can view your Favorites by opening it with Notepad. We recommend saving it into the cloud for safe keeping just in case something goes wrong in the distant future.

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