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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       29 Oct 2015 #1

    How Can I Collapse/Close All Registry Keys?


    Hello, I went around searching for a setting through the registry and left a mess with dozens of open keys and sub keys. Is there a key within the registry I can delete that will restore all keys to there original collapsed/closed state?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 658
    Windows 7
       29 Oct 2015 #2

    The state of a key being open or collapsed doesn't effect the registry itself, only how it is viewed in regedit. I don't believe there is any way to directly close all keys. What you can do is exit regedit and reopen it. Regedit will then open with the same key displayed in the right column as before with only the keys expanded that are necessary to show this.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       29 Oct 2015 #3

    LMiller7 said: View Post
    The state of a key being open or collapsed doesn't effect the registry itself, only how it is viewed in regedit. I don't believe there is any way to directly close all keys. What you can do is exit regedit and reopen it. Regedit will then open with the same key displayed in the right column as before with only the keys expanded that are necessary to show this.
    I didn't know that upon closing the Registry Editor all keys collapse except the last highlighted entry. I was attempting to collapse each entry one at a time thank you for letting me know.
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  4.    29 Oct 2015 #4

    junior said: View Post
    Hello, I went around searching for a setting through the registry and left a mess with dozens of open keys and sub keys. Is there a key within the registry I can delete that will restore all keys to there original collapsed/closed state?
    Highlight each HKEY parent key and press the left arrow key til it's collapsed.
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  5. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,358
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       29 Oct 2015 #5

    If you go to the top of regedit and right click on Computer, there is a Collapse selection Click it to collapse all.
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  6. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Home
       26 Mar 2016 #6

    Easy-Peasy!


    junior said: View Post
    Hello, I went around searching for a setting through the registry and left a mess with dozens of open keys and sub keys. Is there a key within the registry I can delete that will restore all keys to there original collapsed/closed state?
    With the cursor focus in the left pane, simply press the left arrow key. Kind of stupid that the right click menu doesn't include 'Collapse All'.
    I find it amusing that Micro$oft doesn't make it easier to navigate within the registry. Even the 'Find' feature is lame; you have to click 'Edit' to select 'Find next' for any search string, since the dialog box closes every time it's clicked.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 1,737
    Windows Home x64 (Home per choice)
       26 Mar 2016 #7

    Using CCleaner and cleaning: Applications - Windows - Regedit - will reset it to the original state.
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  8. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       26 Mar 2016 #8
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 1,737
    Windows Home x64 (Home per choice)
       26 Mar 2016 #9

    It does not collapse the keys, it will just hide them, when you continue browsing, they will be still open.
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  10. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       26 Mar 2016 #10

    I see. so the right arrow key is better then?
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