Strange behavior in Find dialog



  • Notepad++ has been serving me faithfully for years. A few days ago its Find dialog spontaneously (without an update) began behaving weirdly.

    Say I want to type ‘xyz_mod.h’ into the “Find what” box. As I type the first three characters they appear aligned at the RIGHT end of the box. Here ‘|’ represents the insert point marker:
    xyz|

    Then I type the underscore and it appears at the BEGINNING of the string with the insert point before it:
    |_xyz

    When I type the next letter the box corrects the order of characters:

                                                   xyz_m|
                                                 xyz_mo|
                                               xyz_mod|
    

    When I type the period it appears at the beginning of the string:

                                             |.xyz_mod
    

    When I type the final letter the box corrects the order again:

                                            xyz_mod.h|
    

    I get the right result, but it’s very confusing. What made it start doing this, and what’s the best way to fix it?



  • Does your Windows support a RTL (right to left, e.g. Hebrew) language?
    Do you get a “Text Direction” command on right-clicking “Find what”?
    Do you have the same problem in the other Find’s combos (“Replace with” etc.)?



  • Does your Windows support a RTL (right to left, e.g. Hebrew) language?

    Not as far as I know. It (Windows 7 Enterprise) is used in English only. If there’s support for an RTL language, it’s well hidden!

    Do you get a “Text Direction” command on right-clicking “Find what”?

    No; just the behavior I described.

    Do you have the same problem in the other Find’s combos (“Replace with” etc.)?

    No; and in fact, after I investigated them, the problem disappeared in Find as well!

    Not knowing why it started happening or stopped, I don’t have complete confidence that it won’t return. For the moment, though, the problem seems to be gone. Chalk it up to nonreproducible weirdness.



  • I’m glad it’s working as expected now.
    You may have accidentally pressed a keyboard-shortcut which changed the text direction.


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