Alert WildCard Main Window:
All of Alert
WildCard's settings are accessed from the Main Window to make
searching as convenient as possible. The Main Window is shown below:
A Root Folder and File Type for searching:
Drive and Folder: To begin a search, first select the drive and
folder where the files you wish to change reside:
Search File Type: Here you'll also select the file type that
Alert WildCard should perform the search and replace on. Several file
types are available from the drop down box under "Search For
Files of Type".
You can also
enter your own file extension in this box, or enter a complete file
name if you only want to search on a single file.
Search and Replace Options:
If this option is checked, the program will search the files in the
"Root Folder" you selected and all subfolders off of
that folder. You can tell Alert WildCard to ignore certain
subfolders and certain files, see "Exclusions" below.
Use this option to force WildCard to only find a match for text that
is capitalized as you have entered it in the "Target Text To
Search For" box.
Modified Files: If this option is checked when Alert WildCard
performs a search, all files that are modified during the search will
be backed up prior to modification. We strongly recommend always
checking this option when you search. It allows you to easily
restore files to their previous state using the Backup Manager.
Use this drop-down box to select a wildcard character or enter one
yourself. You can also select "None" to force an exact
match style search.
Use Upload Manager:
Searching with this option selected will log all file name of files
that were modified during a search to the Upload Manager. You can
then easily upload only the modified files to your Web site.
Edit Only: Check this box if you are searching for target strings
to edit by hand. The text "<Editing Only>" will
appear in the Replacement Text box and the "Replace All"
button will be disabled. Now when Alert WildCard finds an occurrence
of your Target string, you will be able to edit the string in the
Files, Folders, and Text from Searches:
performing a search and replace there may be files, folders, or in
the case of a wildcard search, text that you want the program to ignore.
To exclude a
file or folder, use the "Excluding File/Folder Names Containing
the Strings:" list box.
to exclude a subfolder called "ordering" from your search,
enter "\ordering" in the text box and click the
"Add" button. To exclude a file called
"download.htm" from the search, enter
"download.htm" and click "Add" - as shown below:
wildcard search you may want to exclude certain text that appears
between the two text elements around the wildcard character. To
accomplish this, enter the text you want Alert WildCard to ignore
under the "Exclude Target Search Strings Containing" list,
and click "Add".
The exclusion process looks for the existence of the exclusion text
within the target text (or within a path or file name in the case of
excluding folders & files). That means that if you add the text
"ing" to an exclusion list, all files, folders, and text
that have the character grouping "ing" in them will be ignored.]