Find Dialog Box (Document Pane Editor)

Relevant for: GUI actions, scripted GUI components, function libraries, and user code files

This dialog box enables you to search for strings in files displayed in the Editor or located in a specific folder.

You can either find literal text or use regular expressions. You can also use other options to further fine-tune your search.

To access
  1. Create or open the document in which you want to search, or, to search in multiple files, open any document.

  2. Select Search > Find or press Ctrl+F.

Important information
  • You cannot use the Find dialog box to search in the Keyword View, the canvas, or application areas.

  • The search is limited to the text in the file at the time that the Find dialog box was opened. Any changes made after opening the Find dialog box are not included the search.

  • If you want to find a specific string in real-time (with highlighting) in the current document, use the Search > Incremental Search or Search > Reverse Incremental Search command. Place the cursor in the current document and type the string to find.

See also

Searching and replacing

User interface elements are described below:

UI Elements


Find text

The text string you want to locate.

For details on searching with a regular expression, see the Expression Builder button description.

Recent searches. Click to select a recently used search string.

The list includes the last ten search strings.

Expression Builder. Click to select a predefined regular expression and insert it into your search string at the cursor location.

When you click this button, the Regular expression check box is automatically selected.

Regular Expression

Treats the specified search string as a regular expression. This option is automatically selected when you select a regular expression from the Smart Regular Expression drop-down list.

Look in

The files or folder you want to search.

Select one of the following from the drop-down list:

  • Current Document. Searches within the document currently open in the Editor. This is the default option.

  • Current Test. Searches within the currently open test.

  • Entire Solution. Searches within the entire solution for the file currently open in the Editor.

  • <Files...>. Enables you to browse to a select a specific folder in the file system.

    Note: (for ALM users) You cannot browse to an ALM path.

The drop-down list also displays the last ten folders you selected, with the most recent folder listed first. Select one to search in the same folder again.

For details, see Searching and replacing.

Match case

Distinguishes between upper-case and lower-case characters in the search, and searches only for occurrences with exact matches to the casing in the search string.

Match whole word

Searches only for occurrences that are whole words and not part of longer words.

Search up

Searches from the cursor location towards the top of the file, and then wraps around to the current cursor location from the bottom of the file.

By default, the search is performed downwards in the file.

Include sub-folders

Searches through any sub-folders found in the selected folder.

This option is available only when you select a specific folder from the Look in drop-down list.

Find Next

Searches for the next occurrence of the defined search criteria.

Find All

Searches for all occurrences of the defined search criteria.

Search results are listed in the Search Results pane. For details, see Search Results Pane.