Regedit Find puzzle?


  1. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
       #1

    Regedit Find puzzle?


    I pasted the following key into the 'Find what' box of regedit, enabled Keys and clicked Find Next.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\

    But that found no hits. Yet the key certainly exists as I found after a few seconds of scrolling.
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  2. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #2

    Paste it into the address bar instead, and press Enter...

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  3. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks Edwin, works a treat!

    So the Find facility itself is broken? For example, finding successive keys with a common string, etc?
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  4. Posts : 34,948
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    No, Find finds a string of text.

    No such string exists.

    Have a look and see how you've composed that string.

    Example: you could go to
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\
    and from there find a key containing Office
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  5. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    dalchina said:
    No, Find finds a string of text.
    No such string exists.
    Have a look and see how you've composed that string.
    I don't follow? What's wrong with the string HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\
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  6. Posts : 56,062
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #6

    There's nothing wrong with the string when used properly in the correct search area. Registry "keys" are search for exact match or prox by entering in the title search box as indicated by Edwin above. Registry keys are not data. "Find/Find Next (F3)" is to locate a string of text or a single value in a key.
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  7. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    f14tomcat said:
    There's nothing wrong with the string when used properly in the correct search area. Registry "keys" are search for exact match or prox by entering in the title search box as indicated by Edwin above. Registry keys are not data. "Find/Find Next (F3)" is to locate a string of text or a single value in a key.
    Thanks, got it!
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