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Windows 7: If F3 finds the next item, what finds the previous one?

28 Aug 2018   #1

If F3 finds the next item, what finds the previous one?

Once you've started a search in, say, the Registry, F3 will find the next entry, and the next, and so on.

But is there such a hotkey to back up to the previous one?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2018   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I don't know but you can use a proper registry editor like RegCool or RegScanner to boost your productivity.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2018   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

That's totally program-specific. F3 does that for the built-in registry editor, but other tools could have different ones. By no means there is a standard. F3 happens to be a common choice for that, but many programs use other means.

"Find previous" function is even more obscure. For instance, in the registry editor it doesn't even exists, much less in hotkey form. Other software could implement it and even give some shortcut for it.

Bottom line, look in each program what does it do. There is no ubiquitious hotkey like CTRL+C or CTRL+V for copy and paste.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Aug 2018   #4


I was only using the Registry as an example of an area where F3 finds the next listing.

But if you say there's no such thing as a 'reverse F3', I'll take your word for it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2018   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

In most of the programs, Reverse F3 (Find Previous) is [SHIFT]+F3
As Alejandro said, its completely program specific

Edit: Doesn't work in Regedit or Notepad
Works in Notepad++, Visual Studio Code, ....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2018   #6


gladson1976, thanks
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