Select multiple occurrences of a line below a particular word

  • Hi,
    Consider the following text

    XYZ system

    Name UserID Position
    ABC 123 Manager

    GFY system

    Name UserID Position
    GBC 453 Sn.Manager.

    I just want to select the name in each instance - just ABC and GBC.

    Can you please help me here?

    Thanks in advance

  • @gayathri-priya, welcome to the Notepad++ Community forums.

    You said:

    I just want to select the name in each instance - just ABC and GBC.

    Assuming that your data rendered accurately, and any the name is the first word on the line after a “header line” that starts with literal “Name” (with no spaces before)

    • Find = ^Name.*\R\K\w+
    • Mode = Regular Expression

    This finds a line starting with name, then advances the search thru the EOL for that line, moves down to the next line, starts the match over, and matches just the first “word” characters (alphanumeric and underscore, for regex)

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