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Find in Files dialog box

This dialog box appears when the Find in Files command is selected. You can specify a string to find and other options to find in files.

Find drop-down list box

Enter a string to search for. If this is a multi-line text box, you can enter new lines by pressing CTRL + ENTER. While the drop-down list is open, you may press ALT + DELETE to clear the selected history item.

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Click this button to show the list of available commands.

Selected Text or Word at Cursor When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the Find drop-down list box with the selected text or word at the cursor.
Selected Text When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the Find drop-down list box with the selected text.
Word at Cursor When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the Find drop-down list box with the word at the cursor.
Custom When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the Find drop-down list box with the last used string.
Save as Default Saves the option (Selected Text or Word at Cursor, Selected Text, Word at Cursor or Custom) as the default for the next time the dialog box is displayed.

The commands also include the list of available escape sequences or regular expressions. Selecting an item from the list will insert the selected item into the text box next to the button.

File Types drop-down list box

File types to search within. Wild cards (* and ?) can be used. Also multiple file types can be separated with semicolons (;).

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Click this button to show the list of available commands.

Current File Type When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the File Types drop-down list using the current file type.
Current File Extension When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the File Types drop-down list using the current file extension.
Current File  When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the File Types drop-down list using the current file.
Custom When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the File Types drop-down list box with the last used string.
Save as Default Saves the option (Current File Type, Current File Extension, Current File or Custom) as the default for the next time the dialog box is displayed.

The commands also includes the list of available escape sequences or regular expressions. Selecting an item from the list will insert the selected item into the text box next to the button.

In Folder drop-down list box

Specify the folder to be searched.

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Click this button to show the list of available commands.

Current Folder When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the In Folder drop-down list box with the current folder.
Parent Folder When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the In Folder drop-down list box with the current parent folder.
Grand Parent Folder When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the In Folder drop-down list box with the current grandparent folder.
Root Folder When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the In Folder drop-down list box with the current root folder.
Custom When this is checked, the dialog box initializes the In Folder drop-down list box with the last used string.
Browse Allows you to browse or search for the desired folder.
Save as Default Saves the option (Current Folder, Parent Folder, Grand Parent Folder, Root Folder, Custom or Browse) as the default for the next time the dialog box is displayed.

The commands also includes the list of available escape sequences or regular expressions. Selecting an item from the list will insert the selected item into the text box next to the button.

Match Case check box

Match cases when searching for a string.

Look in Subfolders check box

Looks in subfolders of In Folder drop-down list box.

Use Regular Expressions check box

Enable regular expressions. For more information on regular expression syntax, see To Use Regular Expressions.

Use Escape Sequence check box

Enable escape sequences. You can use the following characters as escape sequences.

\a Warning (Bell)
\b Backspace
\f Form feed
\n New line
\t Horizontal tab
\v Vertical tab
\\ Backslash
\oooooo Unicode character in octal notation
\xhhhh Unicode character in hexadecimal notation

A null character (\0) may not be used. \n must be used instead of \r.

Match Whole Word check box

Search words only. A word is defined as a string that begins and ends with any of these characters: A – Z, a – z, 0 – 9, or an underscore. Strings surrounded by full-width characters are considered as words. When using regular expressions, this check box may not work correctly. When using regular expressions, please use word boundary expressions (\<, \>, and \b) instead.

Close when Finished check box

Close the dialog box when finished searching.

Encoding drop-down list box

Select the encoding. If you select Configured Encoding, the encoding associated with the opened file extension will be selected.

Detect All check box

Statistically detect code page from all available code pages. The detection can make mistakes especially when the file is very small. This option does not include HTML/XML charset detection.

Detect HTML/XML Charset check box

Find "charset=..." from HTML files, "encoding=..." from XML files, or "#coding=..." from Python and Ruby files, and use the corresponding encoding. If you open HTML, XML, Python, or Ruby files, check only this option and clear the other options.

Detect Unicode Signature check box

Detects whether the file contains a Byte Order Mark (BOM) signature, and if it detects the BOM signature, EmEditor will open the file as UTF-16LE, UTF-16BE, or UTF-8 file.

Detect UTF-8 check box

Statistically detect UTF-8.

Output Options drop-down list box

Selects how results are displayed.

Display File Names and Lines Both the file names and the whole lines containing the searched string will be displayed as results.
Display File Names Only Only file names will be displayed and the whole lines containing the searched string will not be displayed as results.
Display Matched Lines Only Only the whole lines containing the searched string will be displayed as results.
Display Matched Strings Only Only the matched strings will be displayed as results.

Use Output Bar check box

If this box is checked, the Output Bar is used to display the Find in Files results.

Find button

Start searching with the specified condition.

Replace >> button

Click this button to save the current string to find and options, close the current dialog box, and display the Replace in Files dialog box.

Advanced button

Click this button to display the Advanced dialog box to set advanced options.


The following dialog box is also available through this dialog box.

Advanced dialog box (Select Advanced button)

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