Find and Replace Text and Formatting

Find and Replace Text and Formatting 441

Normal Find 442

Enter something into the Find box 443

Enter something into the Replace box 443

Find text, or find and replace text 443

Find and/or replace the next occurrence(s) of the Find expression

Set the search parameters 444

PowerFind 458

About PowerFind 458

PowerFind terminology 458

PowerFind example 459

Use the “Find what” and “Replace with” menus 459

The PowerFind Browser 460

PowerFind guidelines 463

Examples of putting PowerFind to use 472

PowerFind Pro 477

Exercises, or examples of putting PowerFind Pro to use 477

Advanced exercises, or more examples of putting PowerFind to use

Use the Formatting Examiner 485

Understand and Modify the Appearance of Your Document 485

The Formatting Examiner Interface 485

Applied Formatting 485

Displayed Formatting 485

Uses for the Formatting Examiner 494

Find the next/previous bit of text with specific formatting 494

Find all text with specific formatting 494

Use the Formatting Examiner with bookmarked text 494

In Nisus Writer Pro, if you can describe a text pattern, you can probably find it. If you can find it, you can almost definitely change it to any other text pattern you can describe. Nisus Writer Pro offers three ways to find and replace text Normal Find, PowerFind™, and PowerFind Pro (regex). For the purpose of brevity, “PowerFind Pro (regex)” will be called “PowerFind Pro”. Normal Find meets the needs of most searches for words. Use PowerFind and PowerFind Pro for text patterns, such as a series of numbers (where you know how many digits, but you don’t know what they are).

The title bar of the Find & Replace window identifies what document it will search in.

When the Find & Replace window is active the Zoom commands of the View menu will enlarge or diminish the display.

You can resize the Find & Replace window by dragging any of its edges, if your Find or Replace Expression is too large to display in the text boxes a scroll bar appears.

You can Show Invisibles in the Find & Replace window; this can help clarify the text you are searching for.

The lower left corner of the Find & Replace window indicates its “state”. Before you start to find and/or replace anything it indicates that it is “Ready.” Once you have searched for something the Find & Replace window displays the number of items it has found or replaced (even if it has Found no occurrences).

None of the options enabled in the QuickFix preferences except for the use of “smart punctuation” and the superscripting of ordinals work in the Find & Replace window.

This useful information is also available for various macros (which are explained in the file “Macro Language Reference” available by choosing the menu command: Help > Macro Language Reference).

The Find:Replace window of an Untitled document.png

Figure 384
The Find & Replace window of an Untitled document

To learn more about PowerFind and PowerFind Pro, see “PowerFind” on page 458 and “PowerFind Pro” on page 477.

The Find & Replace window is very versatile.

You can choose the menu command: View > Show Invisibles when the Find & Replace window is open to make viewing distinct characters and spaces, etc. easier.

You can resize the window by dragging the lower right corner.

You can magnify the contents of the window by choosing the zoom percentage you want from the menu View > Zoom.

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