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VBA Visual Basic for Applications (Microsoft) FAQ

Office / VBA General

How to add Registry entries from special text file by SBendBuckeye
Posted: 29 Oct 03

This isn't technically speaking VBA code but there have been times when I needed to quickly setup a couple registry keys and this is an easy way to do it. Follow these steps and then verify using Regedit.

NOTE: Be careful, changing registry settings can hurt!

NOTE: Changes below will overwrite existing values!

A. Create a text file with .reg extension

   1. Create text file with entries similar to these:

      REGEDIT4

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\MyAppName\MyKeyName\]
      "Media Request Timeout Seconds"=dword:30
      "TempDir"="c:\\windows\\TEMP\\"

   NOTE: Observe the doubled up backslashes for paths

   NOTE: For other value types, find a similar entry and
         use the Export option on the File or Registry
         menu item (one or the other depending on system)
         to see what is created
   
   2. Save text file with .reg extenstion (eg TestIt.Reg)

B. Backup the registry

C. Add your changes by running the .reg file create above

   1. Open file browser and find your .reg text file above

   2. Double click .reg file name

   3. Answer the prompts

   4. Verify your entries using Regedit

Good Luck!

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