survey: Incremental search usefulness



  • Hello users,
    here is a survey about the “incremental search” usefulness.

    Do you use it ?
    Do you need regular expression support ?
    Do you need an incremental mode in the find panel ?
    Do you need an incremental mode in the replace panel ?
    Do you need an incremental mode in the mark panel ?

    thanks for the feedback.



  • AFAIK “incremental search” is already supported by the find and replace panels as “Find Next” and its shortcut F3 outside the panels.

    I’ve never used the Incremental Search (i.e. Ctrl+Alt+I) functionality in Notepad++.
    I always use Ctrl+F to start a search, Ctrl+H to start a replace and F3 (or the applicable button in the panel) to continue a search or skip a replace respectively.

    So… Yes, I do need “Incremental Search” which supports Regular Expressions but not as an additional/separate implementation as available with shortcut Ctrl+Alt+I.



  • Same here: I use incremental search as a replacement of normal search, rather than as an alternative method.



  • @hoppfrosch1

    Same here

    The way I read/understand your post/answer it’s not the same as mine. Could you elaborate?



  • @cmeriaux

    Do you use it ? Yes, I do. I even have it in my pythonscript startup.py file to turn it on so it is always sitting at the bottom of my window.

    Do you need regular expression support ? No, I would go to the Find panel for that when I need it

    Do you need an incremental mode in the find panel ?
    Do you need an incremental mode in the replace panel ?
    Do you need an incremental mode in the mark panel ?
    No, no and no: One of the plusses of the incremental search is that it isn’t in a separate window

    What’s the point of asking about this? Are you going to campaign for changes/removal to the Incremental Search feature?



  • @Scott-Sumner I asked because an incremental mode has been developed by MojaveWastelander (https://github.com/notepad-plus-plus/notepad-plus-plus/pull/2383) but it was refused because an increment search already exist.
    I wanted to know if the incremental search is popular among users.



  • @cmeriaux

    I see. So while I do use the existing Incremental Search feature, I also think it could be made better. After observing Notepad++ development for a while (and definitely from a distance!), it seems like it is really hard to get feature improvements (meaning entire replacements of existing features) adopted. So there are a few alternatives to this: Plugins and, to a lesser degree, scripting.

    It seems like the only thing that MojaveWastelander’s Incremental Search implementation would lack as a plugin would be a direct tie-in to the Find panel. Considering making it a plug-in might be the difference between getting it out there and having it die. My 2c.



  • cmeriaux,

    Do you use it ?
    I rarely use the incremental (CTRL/ATL/I) search as the find (CTRL F) search is so powerful, either searching in a single or across many documents using the “Find All in”.

    Do you need regular expression support ?
    I do not at this time.

    Do you need an incremental mode in the find panel ?
    Not needed, but could be nice as an added option. As MAPJe71 stated, this “Find Next” does perform this incremental search, but a “Find Next in All Opened” could be useful.

    Do you need an incremental mode in the replace panel ?
    Yes, I would make good use of the functionality to find and incremental replace in Notepad++. I desperately need one that can work across multiple open files within Notepad++. I often open several hundred files that contain a unique string in each file that I’d like to be able to manipulate across all files at once.

    Do you need an incremental mode in the mark panel ?
    I don’t use this functionality.



  • Essential. I would switch to another text editor if NPP didn’t have it.



  • I don’t use it.
    I like the find window that pops in the middle of the screen over the modern approach that opens in corners.
    Whatever is done for incremental search please don’t break the traditional find.


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