Restore 2 buttons "<< Find Previous" & "Find Next >>" in Find dialog (optional).



    1. Restore 2 buttons “<< Find Previous” & “Find Next >>” in Find dialog (optional).
      There is no words like Previous or Next, it would be good in look and feel to see the words


  • The first time when these buttons have been introduced their caption was like stated above. But english is not the only language in the world and in other languages (e.g. german and russian) the width of the buttons was too small to hold the whole caption. Furthermore it is not possible to enlarge the buttons without enlarging the whole dialog too. So the developers have chosen a compromise. IMHO it is good enough.



  • I hate to snipe, but if you want the text – un-check the tick-box. Personally, I rolled back to the original version with Find-Previous/Next (and avoided upgrade), on one of my systems, just so that I could use the function. MANY Thanks for bringing it back. (You got me off my proverbial ass, and acting responsibly on the ‘Contribute’ page!)



  • Having no text on/around the buttons does have another downside (confusion) to those of us that would like to see additional << and >> buttons for the Replace, Replace All and (possibly even) Count functions…

    But since it was such a struggle to get << and >> for Find Next (/previous), I suppose that isn’t much of a concern…



  • @Scott-Sumner

    To have a consistent user experience it would be better like you wrote. But I also agree that this needs so much effort that no one should hope to get these features.


    I think the proponents of the two-button solution missed a point. It seems they prefer to have two buttons because they want to speed up doing SEARCHES. For this use case Notepad++ offers some powerful alternatives:

    • Keyboard shortcuts for forward (F3) and backward (SHIFT+F3) searching. With support of the “Customize Toolbar” plugin one can even have toolbar buttons for both of that.
    • The seemingly overlooked though very useful “Incremental Search” (CTRL+ALT+I) function where forward and backward search buttons are already present. This function even provides a separate input field for the search term (which is integrated seamlessly into the UI), case sensitive search, highlighting of matches and it displays the matches count.
    • The also seemingly overlooked “Find (Volatile) Next” (CTRL+ALT+F3) and “Find (Volatile) Previous” (CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+F3) functions. These functions search the next/previous word under the cursor, the quickest way to start a search because its needless to input a search term somewhere.

    I guess the initial intent when introducing the two-button search mode was to reduce the number of UI-elements and to simplify the work with this dialog. But the current design of the dialog has not only totally failed this aim, the oposite is the case.

    In my opinion the “Search & Replace” dialog should be used for more sophisticated search/replace tasks, that’s the reason why it has so much options. And instead of complaining about missing functions and demanding changes to a program users should investigate thoroughly the UI and the options dialog, often they will find useful treasures.