Hello, and welcome to the FAQ Desk. You have likely been directed here because you have run one of the Find All searches, but you don’t see your Search Results window.
When you run one of the following Find All searches, the results are put into a Search Results window, which may be docked (by default, at the lower edge of the Notepad++ window) or may be floating (as a separate window).
Search > Find > Find All In Current Document
- looks just in the active document
Search > Find > Find All in All Opened Documents
- looks in all the files you have open in Notepad++ right now
Search > Find in Files > Find All
(the Find in Files
tab of the Search/Replace/… dialog) - looks in files matching the filter
Project Panel > Right Click > Find in Projects… > Find All
(the Find in Projects
tab of the Search/Replace/… dialog) - looks in files that are in the selected Project Panel
If it finds something, it will list the results in the Search Results window, with a heading per search, and pointers to the matches in the file or in each matching file. If there are no matches, the Search Results window still displays a result, saying 0 hits in 0 files of N searched.
But some users have accidentally “lost” that window, so it appears that nothing happens when the search is performed, and Search > Search Results Window (or the F7 default shortcut) does not appear to bring up the window as expected.
If you have done one of the Find All, then it is open… somewhere. You just might not be able to see it.
By default, it’s docked to the bottom of your Notepad++ window. But it may have been re-docked to another edge, or floated.
It might be have been closed, in which case F7 (Search > Search Results Window
) will re-enable it.
It may be docked, but shrunk down until you cannot see it. If you see a small gap between the editor and the status bar or another edge of the editor, hover over it and see if you get the up-down arrow ↕ that you can click+drag to resize the panel.
if it was undocked, it may have been dragged off screen (either to another monitor, or in rare occasions, off-monitor, or nearly so). In this case
Click in your editor panel
Hit F7, which will activate the Search Results Window (even if it is off screen)
Hit Alt+Spacebar, which will activate the Windows special menu (with Move/Size/Minimize/Maximize) for that window.
Hit M (or whatever character in your language is underlined in the normal Move entry for that menu on any window)
If you move your mouse around at this point, the outline of the window should snap near your cursor, and you can now click to place the window in a visible location
If you shrunk that window way too far, you might only see 6ce17525-0d5d-420e-8cad-6890f56dbfa9-image.png … in that case, put the cursor in the lower-right edge of that tiny box, see the ⤡ diagonal-drag arrow, and click/drag to resize until it’s visible
For those who are not able to position their mouse pointer along the appropriate border, or cannot move the floating window back into view, it is possible to reset the Search Results location by editing config.xml (paying attention to the Configuration File Location and Editing Configuration Files links in the References below):
Save all open files.
Exit Notepad++ completely (File > Exit
Start a single Notepad++ window.
Edit %AppData%\Notepad++\config.xml or the equivalent file if you have a non-standard installation (such as portable edition, or Cloud Settings enabled, or using --settingsDir command line argument).
Search for GUIConfig name="DockingManager" in config.xml.
Replace the section that look similar to this:<GUIConfig name="DockingManager" leftWidth="200" rightWidth="200" topHeight="200" bottomHeight="200">
<PluginDlg pluginName="Notepad++::InternalFunction" id="42052" curr="0" prev="-1" isVisible="yes" />
<PluginDlg pluginName="Notepad++::InternalFunction" id="44084" curr="1" prev="-1" isVisible="yes" />
<PluginDlg pluginName="Notepad++::InternalFunction" id="44080" curr="3" prev="-1" isVisible="yes" />
<ActiveTabs cont="0" activeTab="0" />
<ActiveTabs cont="1" activeTab="0" />
<ActiveTabs cont="2" activeTab="-1" />
<ActiveTabs cont="3" activeTab="0" />
(The exact contents may be different. It is the whole section from <GUIConfig name="DockingManager" through </GUIConfig>
Replace that section with the following<GUIConfig name="DockingManager" leftWidth="200" rightWidth="200" topHeight="200" bottomHeight="200">
When you run Notepad++ again and do a new Find All
, the Search Results
window will be back to its default size and location, docked to the bottom of the Notepad++ window.
If this doesn’t work for you, you can reply in your original discussion (or create a new Help Wanted post) and explain that you read this FAQ, and followed all the advice (including checking for tiny docked windows, tried to use the keyboard to move it in case it was off-screen, and tried to manually edit config.xml, all to no avail); when you make this reply or new post, please include a copy of the <GUIConfig name="DockingManager" through </GUIConfig> from your config.xml, along with the ?-menu’s Debug Info, and a screenshot of your Find dialog. Without this information, you will just be asked to read this FAQ.
Notepad++ Online User Manual: Search Results Window
User Manual: Configuration File Location
User Manual: Editing Configuration Files
- upvote this feature request if you’d like a way for Notepad++ to help you locate your missing Search Results