Office hacks: Third-party tools for registry editing to improve efficiency

You can control all aspects of the system through the Windows registry, but relying on the registry editor that comes with the system alone is complicated to operate and some features are not easy to implement. With the help of third-party registry management tools, it is possible to make registry editing and management more manageable.

1. easy to set item permissions without opening the registry editor

Generally speaking, if you want to change the access rights of a registry item, you need to open the registry editor first, gradually expand to the corresponding branch item, then right-click on the item, through the “Security” tab in the list of permissions, in order to authorize the operation. In fact, if we use RegOwnit software, without opening the Registry Editor, you can perform authorization operations on the specified items.

First determine the path of the registry branch to be authorized, you can copy the known path first; if it is not convenient to copy, you need to enter it in the software as it is. Open the RegOwnit software, select the category of the key in the Registry Location list, and then enter the registry path to be operated in the Registry Address field below; then, select the user category (Administrator, Home User or Currently Logged In User) from the User Accounts user account type list; next Next, select the allowed permission category (Read Only or Full Control) from the Permissions list. Once the settings are complete, click the Apply button to apply the authorization (Figure 1).


2. Replacement and enhancement of the registry editor

The system’s own registry editor is relatively simple to control the registry operations. If we replace it with Registry Workshop software, we can get more powerful editing functions and better experience while retaining all the functions of Regedit.

Take the registry item search as an example, after pressing Ctrl+F key combination, we can control the custom search range more carefully by setting the conditions flexibly (Figure 2).


We can also use this software to compare the registry changes or differences. First save the system registry or registry branch, then open the software, open two different registry files, execute the “Tools → Compare Registry” command, specify the path to be compared, that is, you can compare the two registry files (Figure 3).


After searching or comparing the registry, the results are listed in tabs at the bottom of the software window and can be switched by clicking on them. In addition, we can also use 10 groups of shortcuts such as Alt+0 to Alt+9 to set key bookmarks and use F6 or Shift+F6 to switch quickly. The “File → Organize Registry” command also allows you to perform automatic registry optimization.

Registry Workshop software offers a 30-day full-featured free trial, after which you need to pay for it. If you don’t want to pay for it, you can also choose another software with similar features, Registrar Registry Manager, the home version of which is completely free for individual users and provides us with more powerful registry management features in a friendly interface and multi-tabbed multi-tasking approach.

After opening the software, we can first see the basic branch editing window similar to the one we see in the built-in registry editor, but the difference is that here we can use a richer set of tool buttons and menu commands to edit and manage registry items more efficiently. During the editing process, you can use the Undo button to roll back the edited steps, so that you can resume the previous operations as long as you do not exit the registry editor, giving you more opportunities to make changes (Figure 4).


If you want to look for registry items, press Ctrl+F to open a tab called Advanced Registry Search, select the type of search under the Type of search list in that tab, then enter the keywords you want to search for, specify the search range in Where to search, and you can also select whether you want to search for key names or values in the What to You can also select whether you want to search for key names or values in the What to look for list. In addition, with the Include Filter or Exclude Filter option, you can also specify the inclusion or exclusion filtering criteria to speed up the search (Figure 5).


As we can see in this picture, Registrar Registry Manager manages the open tasks in a multi-tabbed way, currently it has opened several tabs such as Basic Registry Edit, Advanced Registry Search, Advanced Registry Compare) and many other tabs. To switch between the different items, just click on the tabs. Closing tabs is done with right-click menu command.

We can also use the registry compression tool that comes with the Registrar Registry Manager software to compress and optimize the registry. Click the Registry Defragmentation Tool option under the Tools menu to start the registry compression and optimization tool, and then click the Defragment button to automatically defragment the registry and achieve automatic registry compression and optimization, thus improving system performance (Figure 6).


In addition to this, we can also use the Bookmarks menu to add some common registry items as tags; use the Advanced Compare command under the Tools menu to compare registry keys, and also use the Registry Monitor (Ctrl+M) command to monitor the registry and understand the changes made to the registry by the system or other software.


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