Problem with basic search

  • I must be doing something wrong, but I’m not sure what. Often, when I search for a term, no results are returned, despite that the term is present in the document. It seems to be something to do with having multiple tabs open. If I search in all opened documents, it will find the term. In the attached screenshot, I am expecting it to search in the currently selected tab, “new 2”, but it doesn’t find the term.


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  • @Keith-Leng try check the “Wrap around” checkbox

  • @Keith-Leng said in Problem with basic search:

    but it doesn’t find the term.

    I see the “in selection” button is ticked. Whilst it looks like the text in the background is selected, is it? If wanting to search an entire document untick the “in selection” button, just in case you do have only a portion selected which does NOT contain the term you are looking for.


  • @Keith-Leng

    So for your case it appears that you are pressing the Find Next button when this search fails? Is that correct?

    If so, you should note that when you have a selection active (like we can see in the righthand part of your screenshot, that a downward search (like you’ve set) will start looking at and beyond the highest position of the selection in the direction of the end of the file. (Interestingly, a backward search – with Backward direction ticked – behaves differently!)

    That’s why you don’t find helping in this example.

    The fact that In selection is ticked has no bearing on this search. If you’ll notice the group box around In selection and Count means that In Selection only applies to Count. So, for Find Next or Find All in Current Document…it is meaningless to have In selection ticked.

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