Quick Find command

Quick Find is a small search interface designed to provide fast and unobtrusive access to UltraEdit’s find functionality, similar in design to the search features in most modern browsers.  When activated, the Quick Find dialog becomes visible at the top right of the edit window.  Quick Find may be invoked by pressing Ctrl+F.  Quick Find is an optional feature with configurable key mapping.  If the user does not wish to use Quick Find, he can remove its key mapping.



With focus on the Quick Find input, the user can begin typing a string and UltraEdit will perform an incremental search as each character is typed.  This is a basic character-to-character search; advanced functions such as regular expressions, case matching, and whole word matching are not available via Quick Find.  Special characters via “^” are supported, however (^t, ^n, ^p, etc.)


Match highlighting

As the user types the search string, the first/active match is selected (as with Find Next from a Find dialog). All other matches are highlighted with the “Highlight all items” color specified within the active theme.   All match highlighting is cleared when the user closes the Quick Find dialog.  The active match selection is not cleared when the user closes the Quick Find dialog, but remains selected.


Returning focus back to Quick Find

If the Quick Find dialog has been left open and focus is elsewhere in the application, pressing the shortcut for Quick Find will not close it, but instead move focus back to it.



The user can close Quick Find by either pressing ESC or by activating the normal Find dialog (if the Find dialog is in a floating state). ESC will always close Quick Find, even if focus is elsewhere in the application.  Quick Find takes precedence over the Output Window (which is also closed with ESC).


Interaction with Existing Find Next / Previous

Any search strings entered via Quick Find are not added to UltraEdit’s Find Next/Prev  (F3 / Ctrl+F3) histories.


Find Next

The user can move to the next occurrence of the search string by either pressing Enter while the Quick Find still has focus, or by clicking the “Next” button  next to the input field.  If the user presses Enter to go to the next occurrence, focus will remain in the Quick Find so that the user can repeatedly press Enter to step through each match.


Find Previous

The user can move to the previous occurrence of the search string by either pressing Ctrl+Enter while the Quick Find still has focus, or by clicking the “Prev” button .


Expand to Find dialog

The user can expand to the Find dialog by either pressing the hotkey for it, or by pressing the “Expand” button .  If the user expands to the Find dialog while focus is in the Quick Find dialog, then the Find dialog will inherit the search string the user provided in the Quick Find dialog overriding any existing behavior in regards to selected text/word under caret.  Once the normal Find dialog is opened, the Quick Find will close, regardless of whether or not it has focus.


Status Bar Feedback

The leftmost portion of the status bar indicates how many matches are found as each incremental search via Quick Find is executed in the following format:


Find “search text” – 55 matches


Article Number: 5322
Posted: Mon, Feb 10, 2014 4:14 PM
Last Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014 4:14 PM

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