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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Intermediate
Aug 26, 1999

Enhance Development with Registry Edits

Here are a couple useful Registry edits to enhance your day-to-day Visual Basic development. Save these Registry lines to a text file with a REG extension, and then double-click on the file to merge it with your Registry.

Right-click on DLL register/unregister (make sure RegSvr32.exe is on your path):

 
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\Shell\Register\command]
@="RegSvr32 \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\Shell\Unregister\command]
@="RegSvr32 /u \"%1\""

Right-click on OCX register/unregister:

 
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ocx]
@="ocxfile"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ocxfile]
@="OCX"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ocxfile\shell\Register\command]
@="RegSvr32 \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ocxfile\shell\Unregister\command]
@="RegSvr32 /u \"%1\""

Right-click on OLEView to open a DLL or OCX in the OLE Viewer utility (edit paths appropriately):

 
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\Shell\OleView\command]
@="c:\\Visual Studio\\Common\\Tools\\oleview.exe \"%1\"" 
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ocxfile\Shell\OleView\command]
@="c:\\Visual Studio\\Common\\Tools\\oleview.exe \"%1\"" 

These shell extensions work for previous versions of VB as well; simply change the commands and/or paths appropriately. Editor's Note: As with all Registry edits, be sure you either have a current backup or can live with the consequences.

Richard Hundhausen
 
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