How do I Search: select\copy all matches?

  • I REALLY want to use the find (using regex) to search for particular strings, then simply select the results. Right now I’m having to mess around with horribly elaborate regex which basically finds everything I DONT WANT, and then replace it with null characters(deleting), leaving only the strings i want behind.

    THere must be a simpler way!?!?!? YOu can mark your results, but you cant select! YOu really should be able to! I thought this would be a given?? Maybe this this can also double as a feature request (=select marked results?), But i’m annoyed a suite like NOtepad++ cant do this nicely\intuitively. Any ideas apart from negated regex (which regex is famously BAD at).


  • @Nick-L

    There are some solutions to this type of problem here:

  • Yes Ive read that one and the ‘bookmark lines’ doesnt work as its not the whole line that i want, but a string matching my regex.

    And as mentioned, having to fiddle with overly complicated regex negation script just seems way too time consuming, but is what I have so far been force to do. I was sure there is a better way/ hidden macro\plugin that would do what i want?

  • @Nick-L

    I don’t think you read the other thread closely enough. In there is a Pythonscript method (by me) for copying only redmarked text, as well as a regular-expression method for producing only the matched text from a regex search in a document. The regex method is destructive, so if you need the original text, I suggest you make a backup copy first.

    I would forget the “negated regex” method…blech! :-)

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