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Eclipse: Find and Search

📅 2010-Jan-22 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive


Eclipse is a strange beast. To search for a string, I was using the common Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut. This would pop up the familiar Find/Replace dialog. But soon, I was looking for a way to search through the entire project or workspace and could not find any way to do that using the Find/Replace dialog.


It turns out that there a larger, more complex Search feature in Eclipse! Why they would keep both Find and Search instead of combining them (like Visual Studio), that I cannot fathom. Ctrl+H is the default keyboard shortcut for this Search and indeed it shows up with custom searches for all the languages supported by Eclipse. (I use the PyDev Search, since I use Eclipse for Python code.)


The editor does not show the first matching search result (like in Find/Replace), but shows the Search results in a new Search window at the bottom. All in all, very odd business. But, at least I can now search through the entire project/workspace.