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Performing Search And Replace

Types of Searches in Alert WildCard:

    You can perform two types of Search & Replace with Alert WildCard:

    Standard Search & Replace: Using Standard mode Alert WildCard searches the files you specify for an exact match to the text you've entered in the "Target Text To Search For" box.

    Wildcard Search & Replace: This mode allows you to enter a wildcard character between two normal text elements to make up your Target Search Text. In the example shown above, for instance, all text that appears in a file between the text elements "<TITLE>" and "</TITLE>" will match the Target Search Text and be replaced with the replacement text.

    Remember: To use the Wildcard Search & Replace mode you must select a wildcard character in your settings, and the wildcard character must appear between two normal text elements in the "Target Text To Search For" box.

Entering Your Search and Replace Text Strings:

    Enter the text you want to search for in the "Target Text To Search For" box. This box can be made to allow entry of only a single line of text (click "Single Line") or multiple lines (click "Multi Line") that include a carriage return/line feed (CR/LF) pair at the end of each line.

    If you use the multiple line text box, note that the CR/LF characters that you can't see are still part of the search text and must exist in the target document as entered in order for a match to be found.

    Enter the text you want to replace the target text with in the "Replace With" box. Replacement text can also be single or multi line text. If you enter multi line text, note that the CR/LF characters at the end of each line will also be inserted into your document when the replacement text is inserted.

Performing the Search & Replace:

If you click:

    Automatically Search and Replace Through All Files: You'll be asked for confirmation first, then if you click "Yes" Alert WildCard will automatically read, search, and replace text through all files and folders as you specified in the program settings.

    If necessary, you can cancel the search by clicking the "Cancel" button at the bottom-right of the Main Window.

If you click:

    Manually Search and Replace With Confirmation (Recommended): Alert WildCard will begin searching and each time a match for your target text is found the Confirmation Window will appear. In the Confirmation Window you can see the text as it appears in the context of the document, then decide whether you want to replace the displayed occurrence or not.

The Confirmation Window (Manual Search only):

    When you search manually with confirmation, any text that matches your Target Search String will be displayed in context within the Confirmation Window, as show below:

    At the top of this window you'll see the path and file name of the file the Target Search String was found in. The text itself is shown highlighted in the large box.

    The following options are available in the Confirmation Window:

  • Replace This Text: Clicking this button will cause the highlighted Target Search String to be replaced with the text you entered in the "Replace With" box in the Main Window.

  • Skip This Text: Clicking this button will cause Alert WildCard to ignore the highlighted text and continue searching this file and other files in the folders you specified for the next match.

  • Skip Document: Click this button to ignore remaining occurrences in the current document, and begin searching the next file.

  • Enter Alternate Text: Click this button if you want to replace the highlighted Target Search String with text other than what you entered in the "Replace With" box. A window will appear where you can enter the new text, click okay after typing your text and it will replace the Target Search String in the current file.

  • Replace All: Click this button to revert to an Automatic Search and Replace. All remaining occupancies of the Target Search String will be replaced without confirmation.

  • Open File In Notepad: Selecting this option will cause the file being searched to be opened in Notepad (or Wordpad) for editing.

  • Open File In Browser: Selecting this option will cause the file being searched to be opened and displayed in your default Web Browser.

  • Cancel This Search: Clicking this button will terminate the entire current Search & Replace process.

 



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