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Chapter 35. The Registry > Registry Tips and Tricks

Registry Tips and Tricks

I have said that most important Registry entries are made from Control Panel applets and program preferences. However, a few settings can be made no other way than through manual entries in the Registry. This isn't so different from having to edit CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT back in the old DOS days, except that you could always get around a bad CONFIG.SYS entry by booting your computer with a floppy disk. No such luck with Windows! As I've warned you, a botched Registry editing job can make Windows unbootable. Nonetheless, some interesting things may make the risk worthwhile (says Bob; maybe, says Brian).

Autocompletion of Files and Directories on the Command Line

The command prompt can offer autocompletion of filenames and/or directories as you type paths and filenames on the command line. To use this feature, change the value HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Command Processor\ CompletionChar to 9 to make the Tab key the completion character. You can type a partial file path and press Tab to view successive matching paths. (Note: When Microsoft releases the Windows 2000 version of TweakUI, this feature will be one of its configuration options.)


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