Windows 10: How Can I Collapse/Close All Registry Keys?

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  1. junior Win User

    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?

    :)
     
    junior, Oct 29, 2015
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    Hi Jelu,

    Thank you for your guides. I have opened the Registry Editor and followed the steps posted by Brian, Unfortunately, step 2 is not in the Registry Editor. What should I do next? Here is a screenshot of the Registry Editor.

    Thanks
    How Can I Collapse/Close All Registry Keys? [​IMG]
     
    Melburnianz, Oct 29, 2015
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  3. Jelu Cal Win User
    Windows 10 can't play music and videos after an automatic update

    Hi,

    Hive keys (HKEY) are the items that comprise the registry of the Windows operating system. To locate
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Audio], we'd recommend performing the following:

    • Search and launch regedit using Cortana.
    • Locate and collapse HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
    • Locate and collapse SOFTWARE.
    • Locate and collapse Microsoft.
    • Locate and collapse Windows.
    • Locate and collapse CurrentVersion.
    • Locate Audio.

    Note: Once you've completed the steps, you can proceed to the steps posted by
    BrianJeffrey
    .

    Let us know how it goes after you've performed the steps.
     
    Jelu Cal, Oct 29, 2015
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  4. LMiller7 Win User

    How Can I Collapse/Close All Registry Keys?

    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.
     
    LMiller7, Oct 29, 2015
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  5. junior Win User
    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 *Shock thank you for letting me know. *Smile
     
    junior, Oct 29, 2015
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  6. Edwin New Member
    Highlight each HKEY parent key and press the left arrow key til it's collapsed.
     
    Edwin, Oct 29, 2015
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  7. Ztruker Win User
    If you go to the top of regedit and right click on Computer, there is a Collapse selection Click it to collapse all.
     
    Ztruker, Oct 29, 2015
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  8. How Can I Collapse/Close All Registry Keys?

    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.
     
    rstrub1955, Mar 26, 2016
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  9. Using CCleaner and cleaning: Applications - Windows - Regedit - will reset it to the original state.
     
    TairikuOkami, Mar 26, 2016
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  10. Fafhrd Win User
  11. It does not collapse the keys, it will just hide them, when you continue browsing, they will be still open.
     
    TairikuOkami, Mar 26, 2016
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  12. Fafhrd Win User
    I see. so the right arrow key is better then?
     
    Fafhrd, Mar 26, 2016
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  13. How Can I Collapse/Close All Registry Keys?

    Unfortunately not, still the same effect, it only hides the selected key, but when you open it again, keys are uncollapsed.
     
    TairikuOkami, Mar 26, 2016
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  14. Berton Win User
    On Win7 through Win10, when I close Regedit then reopen it the display returns to the way I left it. I make it a practice to collapse all subkeys so all that is showing are the 5 Hives before closing. That's the way it opens next time. I do it that way as most times I am not going back to the same place.
     
    Berton, Mar 26, 2016
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  15. Or press F3
     
    nigelmercier, Mar 26, 2016
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