IDE Window: Find

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If this dialog is invoked by Ctrl+F or by Search > Find then it the replace buttons and options are disabled.

If this dialog is invoked by Ctrl+R or by Search > Replace then the replace options will be enabled.

  • Text to Find
  • Replace With

The above two comboboxes contain the last searched texts and replace patterns. Cursor Down will go back in history and fetch the last text to find.

Hint: You can choose, whether the IDE starts the dialog with the word at the cursor in the source editor or with a blank field in Environment -> Editor Options -> General -> Find text at cursor


  • Case sensitive - distinguish lower case and upper case (a and A)
  • Whole words only - The found text must start at a word start and end at a word end
  • Regular Expressions - see IDE regular expressions
  • Multi line - not implemented yet
  • Prompt on replace - ask before replacing (only enabled if replacing)


  • From Cursor - start search at cursor. If direction is forward, it searches till the end of the file
  • Entire Scope - If direction is forward it starts searching at the beginning of the file and searches till the end.


  • Global - search in whole file
  • Selected Text - limit the search to the selected text

Hint: To search multiple files use Search -> Find in files.


  • Forward search - search top to bottom. Each line is searched from left to right.
  • Backward search - search bottom to top. Each line is searched forward - left to right.

Regular Expressions

Special Chars in Search Term

If you checked Regular Expression, you can use the following special chars in the search term (list is not complete)

Matches a single \
Matches a newline
Matches a normal Bracket (
Remembers the text matched. See $n in next section

Special Chars in Replace Term

If you checked Regular Expression, you can use the followin special chars in the replace term

Inserts *one* normal backslash
$n ${n}
Where n is a number between 1 and 15. Inserts a copy the part of the found text matching the nth pair of bracket "()" in the search term (eg $1 for the first char after foo, if the search term was "foo(.)" )
Inserts a Linebreak
\l \u
Lower or Uppercases the *next* Char. Use this in front of $n. \u$1 Will insert the match from the first brackets, but with it's first char made uppercase
\L \U
Lower or Uppercase the *full* text of the next $n. The $n must follow immediately