By pressing Ctrl+F or selecting Search... from the Edit
menu, you can open a search window. This offers a wide range of options that
will be described here.
Search criteria - the tab shown when you open the search dialog. At
first, you should select the search style. Three styles are possible:
- Simple substring search - this just searches if the given text
- Wildcard search - wildcards are the signs * and ?; you
may already know them from file searches. ? is a placeholder for
exactly one character that can be anything. * is any number of chars.
Example: "Number ?" will find any text where the first 7 characters are
"Number " and the 8th character exists (but can have any value). "Number *"
will find any text where the first 7 characters are "Number ", with nothing
or any number of characters following.
- Boolean search - you can use the keywords AND, OR and
NOT to create a search rule. Example: "Windows AND Temp" will only
find texts that contain both words ("Windows" and "Temp"), while
"Windows OR Temp" will find any text that contains one (or both) words.
Next comes the Search for field where you have to enter the text
you are searching for. The rules from Search style apply here.
In Search focus, you can select whether to search only in registry
keys, in registry values, in registry data, or in any combination of them.
In Data types, you can limit the search to a spcific type of data;
for example only numeric values or only text.
Search range determines whether to scan the whole registry, or just the key
you have currently selected in the main window.
Miscellaneous options are two: Ignore case will ignore the case of
the search term (if you enter "Windows", "windows" will also be found); the
High speed search will suppress every user interface changes during the
scan to speed it up, and should only be used if you don't want to look at the
search results during the scan.
The next tab named ... by date applies to the Windows NT, 2000 and XP
operating systems only. If you are running one of these, you can limit the
search by date; for example you can select to search only for results that
are older than a specific date, or newer, or between or outside of two dates.
Finally, after pressing the Search buttons results should trickle in;
those will be shown on the Results tab. If you double-click an entry
there, the main window will display this location. If you want to export some
results, you can make a selection by checking/unchecking the checkboxes in
front of the results. Then right-click on the list and you'll see a context menu
that will allow you to export the selected results to a reg file.
After the search has finished, a new Replace tab will appear. Here
you can enter a specific text to be replaced with another one, and select
whether to ignore case, and if to overwrite other keys or values if the rename
should cause a naming conflict. The Replace button will only replace
those entries that have been checked in the Results list, and only
key names, value names and string data (in all three variants). Numeric values
may follow at a later point.