how do i delete the whole line based on a find argument

  • i want to delete lines from a document that contain certain text … eg “page no”

  • @Ben-Robertshawe ,

    In regular expressions (docs linked below), ^ matches start of line, .*? matches 0 or more characters, page no will match the literal text, .*? matches 0 or more characters, and (\R|\Z) matches either the newline characters at the end of a line \R, or the end of the file \Z. Put that all together, and replace with nothing, and you will match from the beginning of the line, through the newline at the end of the line, as long as page no exists on that line.

    To make this work, you need Search mode = regular expression and you need to make sure that . matches newline is turned off (not checked).

    • FIND = ^.*?page no.*$(\R|\Z)
    • REPLACE = leave empty
    • Search Mode = regular expression
    • ☐ . matches newline is not checked


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  • @Ben-Robertshawe

    There is also a solution without using regular expression searches.

    1. Open the Find dialog box and navigate to register Mark.
    2. Enter your search tag in Find what.
    3. Tick option Bookmark line. You may also tick options Purge for each search and Wrap around. Furthermore tick option Normal in Search mode group box.
    4. Click on button Mark All.
    5. Navigate to (menu) Search -> Bookmark and click on submenu entry Remove Bookmarked Lines.

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