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Re: When can Mathematica have a decent Find dialogue?
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Feb 14, 2010 8:25 AM


I fully agree with Undo and also agree that a better implementation of the Find utility will be helpful. A workaround not to find and replace over output cells is possible. Alt+left click on a cell bracket selects all cells of the style of the cell you clicked on its bracket. Then the find/replace works only on the selected cells. That is, if you Alt+Select a text cell only these cells will be scanned and replaced
I hope this tweak would help
yehuda
On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:57 PM, BernieTheJet <berniethejet@gmail.com>wrote:
> I don't know how many times I have muttered under my breath that > someone should complain about the lousy Find in Mathematica... but now > finally > I have decided to take some action for the greater good of all. > > First, instead of like the Find in other math softwares I use, Mathematica > requires I hit three (actually six) keys just to do what they do with > a CtrlF or an F3 key: CtrlC, CtrlF, CtrlV. Jeez, what a pain. > Why do I have to copy the expression I want to search for myself? > 'F1' somehow is smart enough to select the entire word, why can't > Find? > > Then, there is no 'Find whole word' option. Very annoying. Every > little fragment of a word has to be pondered. > > Then, there is no 'Undo', so that if one accidentally hits 'Replace > All' instead of 'Replace' one might as well just throw away the entire > notebook and start over. > > Then, there is no option to skip Output and just search Input, so > every instance of a symbol that really doesn't need to be corrected > must be considered. > > Then, the Find dialogue drops below the searched notebook whenever one > switches over to do some edits so that unless one has two screens one > is forced to do CtrlF again to get it back. > > Then, the dialogue doesn't remember values all the time when switching > back and forth so that if one goes back to Copy some other value, for > a replacement value for example, the first value might revert to > whatever value was there when it opened. > > Then, there is no 'Find First'  a pretty standard operation, no? > > And finally, the layout of the buttons is a bit nonergonomic and > confusing. Really, if they just copied the Find from another leading > competitor we'd all be better off. > > Am I wrong? > > Bernard > >



