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Unable to use Find, Replace features in TextEdit

Posted on 2009-04-11
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Hi:

I just recently downloaded, and installed TextEdit 3.0 for Windows on my Windows XP SP2 system.  I like it very much, however, for some ridiculous reason, I am unable to use either the Find, or the Find/Replace feature.  When I try to select either feature from the "Search" menu, or press CTRL + F, or CTRL + H, the text field to search for your word appears, but disabled.  I have no idea why the field is disabled.  I have tried closing the application down, restarting it, opening files with different extensions (.txt, .xml, .java, etc.) but to no avail.  Does anyone know why this is?  Do I need to check on/off an option?  I don't want to uninstall and then re-install the application only to find out the problem still persists.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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I just downloaded the program to find out how it would work for me. I think I don't share your enthusiasm, as this is a very apparent (and annoying!) bug. I use Windows Vista Business and when I open Find through the menu Search > Find (Ctrl-F does not work at all), I get a popup window which can't keep focus.

That means: whenever you click on it, the focus goes back to your document. As a result, you cannot type anything in it and the "Find Next" button appears disabled (like you say).

To get it working for me, I typed the text I wanted to search for in the normal document, cut it to the clipboard, opened Find, right-clicked in the "Find what" line and clicked Paste. Clicking "Find next" now works, but only with the mouse. See screenshot.

This, of course, is very annoying. To get it fixed, either download an older version, try the new beta or contact the creator of this software.

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Thanks for your reply, and I am very happy that you also concur that it is a bug in the application.  Your solution, unfortunately does work, and you are quite right, I had to install the new beta version to get a smoother solution.  I have one last follow up question for you:

Whether I use version 3.0 or 4beta, when I press CTRL-F I get a black box with the word "ACK" in my document, and if I press CTRL-H, I get a black "BS".  Why is this?

When I use the window to do search and replace, everything works as it should otherwise.

Thanks again for everything.
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The black ACK is for the Ctrl-F character, which is ASCII code 0x6, which was used to communicate with modems in the old days. Same is for Ctrl-H, which inserts the character which represents BackSpace (ascii code 0x8).

I had the same and, again, found it very annoying. If you go to Options > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts you will find that "Find" and "Replace" are not amongst the Commands. It an be assigned, but only to another command. You may try recording a Macro, not sure if you can assign it to Ctrl-F, but worth a try.

Note that other Ctrl-LETTER do not have the same annoying problem. I.e., Ctrl-S works normally.

The program is a 90% look-alike to Textpad, even the icon seems copied. Many options are the same and even appear in the same layout (bar a few exceptions). Maybe it is a rewrite of Textpad (www.textpad.com) which has been almost discontinued in recent years.

It seems a rather young program, because many parts still need development or writing (Help is almost non-existent).

-- Abel --
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Thanks very much for your honest answers.  I sincerely appreciate.

Take care.
Fayyaz
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> Thanks very much for your honest answers.  I sincerely appreciate.

you're welcome, Fayyaz, and glad I could be of some help.

-- Abel --
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