Find window font size

  • So disregarding the font size on the Find window entirely…and thus going off-topic to the thread…

    I often find the Find window just plain annoying when on-screen. Don’t get me wrong, I like having ready-access to it, but it just seems to be always in the way. With my super-duper 3 monitor setup it is not terrible: I have N++ maximized to one monitor (the middle one), and I keep the Find window on the left monitor near the top right edge–close to N++ but not covering any part of it.

    When I’m on my laptop with only 1 screen, the situation is worse: If I leave Find open then it is always on top of something else of N++'s. In this case I usually have the Find result panel or the Pythonscript console window open (at the bottom of N++), so I put the Find window on top of these but over on the right-hand side.

    Sure, I could close/open/close/open/etc Find as I need it…that gets annoying too. I like the way the Incremental Search window is unobtrusive, but it doesn’t have the power I want in a find feature.

    The best situation for me is when I can just use the Select and Find Next (or Previous) feature…which I consider a “killer app” feature for Notepad++.

    Just some random ramblings… :-)

  • @Scott-Sumner

    i never knew until your last post, but NOW i’d like to have a completely 2d rendered, zoomable find window (graphics and font scaling)

    ctrl+mouse wheel inside find/replace should scale the whole find window to the size one needs, and if one desires, zoom it out completely to make it a thumbnail …

    … and if it is a thumbnail, one click on it should suffice to zoom it back to the smallest readable size and collapse it again as soon as you change the window focus, like clicking anywhere else ;-)

  • @Meta-Chuh said:

    i never knew until your last post

    Sorry for making you aware.
    Is it like when you see something you don’t want to see, and then wish you could unsee it? :-)

    Sad to say, but I’ve seen feature-requests for improved Find interactivity just sit and sit and sit. To Don the current interface must be the most-awesomest Find interface ever created. Thus I just put some “ramblings” forward here instead of creating another real feature request to improve it…

  • @Scott-Sumner

    Is it like when you see something you don’t want to see, and then wish you could unsee it? :-)

    almost exactly, but this time i DO want to see it ! lol

    feature-requests for improved Find interactivity just sit and sit and sit

    maybe such a 2d rendered, smart-scaleable find window is creating more spreaded awareness to fire up some coder’s ego trip, despite being about the most complicated thing ever to do … and it gets done and commited (i wish ;-)

    and … maybe … just maybe … some “ramblings” can help creating ideas that are to cool to be unseen or forgotten ever again

  • Hello, @dindkumoil, and All,

    Oh, wonderful ! Just two minutes and I got the right exe :-))

    Personally, I don’t have any screen problem. so, having, only the Find/replace window a bit taller is just what I want to !. Of course, I did some tests :

    The fonts mapped to the labels MS Shell Dlg and MS Shell Dlg can be found, below :

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes

    On my Win XP machine, these are :

    • MS Shell Dlg => Microsoft Sans Serif

    • MS Shell Dlg 2 => Tahoma

    So, I tried, with size 10, MS Shell Dlg, MS Shell Dlg 2 and, also, Arial, Verdana, Comic Sans MS, Trebuchet Ms, Consolas, Courrier New and even with no font between doubles quotes !

    • I got a window S/R a bit taller, than default Font 8, "MS Shell Dlg", for Tahoma, Arial, Comic Sans and Consolas fonts

    • Size of the S/R window is more important for Verdana, Courier New, Trebuchet MS and without any font name

    I think that a good compromise would be the Consolas mono-spaced font, in size 10, which seems to display text in a pseudo-bold way, having any character with a same width ! Note that I was not able to get the bold variation of all the tested fonts, although I’ve read, carefully, information from, below :

    Many thanks, Dinkumoil, for, both, pointing out this nice utility and giving us this work-around ;-))

    Best Regards,


  • @guy038

    I think it is particularly important to have a monospaced font (e.g. Consolas) for the Find what and Replace with zones, as most people are used to a monospaced font in their main editor tab windows, and when you paste into the default Find what and Replace with boxes, it is jarring to see non-monospaced text appear there (for example, lowercase i characters are very annoying).

  • For readers/followers of this thread: Notepad++ 7.8 (and presumably later versions) gives the Find what and Replace with boxes monospaced fonts, thus making their contents easier to read. From the N++ 7.8 change log:

    • Make Combobox font monospace in Find dialog.

  • Hello, @alan-kilborn, @Dinkumoil and All,

    Yes, Alan, but the counterpart is that, if we try, again, the @Dinkumoil technique, with the help of the Ressource Hacker utility, on notepad++.exe file ( v7.8.1 RC2 ) it does change change the police and/or its size, in the 4 tabs of the Find dialog, except for, unfortunately, the 4 user fields :

    • Find what:

    • Replace with:

    • Filters

    • Directory

    So, if we still would like to modify the police and/or its size, it would be necessary to ask @don-ho to add these two settings when choosing the option Settings > Preferences > MISC. > Use Monospaced font in Find dialog Don’t know if it’s worth to, anyway !?

    Best Regards,


  • Dinkumoil. Thank U so much. I have been looking for this for years !!

  • @S-Itzik THIS IS AWESOME. Thank you so much for sharing! So much time wasted on errors with small text.

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