alternative dialog find replace for writer Alternative Find & Replace for Writer (AltSearch)

Extension that adds many new features to Writer's find & replace function.

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latest release: 2020-03-05 22:44:59


  • Fast selection preset regular and extended expressions
  • Searched or replaced text can contain one or more paragraphs
  • Search out block of paragraphs delimited by two text marks
  • Multiple search and replacement in one step
  • Searching: Bookmarks, Notes, Text fields, Cross-references and Reference marks to their content, name or mark and their inserting
  • Searching and inserting Footnote and Endnote (from version OOo 2.3 only). It is possible to select at once texts of all footnotes or endnotes and to assign them any style
  • Searching object of Tables, Pictures and Text frames according to their name; it is possible to substitute them by any text, etc.
  • Changing into found or replaced text: paragraph style, character style, list style and Hyperlink's URL and set properties
  • Inserting and replacement: clipboard contents, insert replacement counter and page number
  • Hexadecimal also decimal submission character for search and replaced
  • Searching out manual page and column break and their set up or deactivation
  • Searching similarly or the same manually formatted part of text, according to cursor point
  • Count found occurrences
  • Redirecting result of replacing expression to the other text file
  • Batch mode: saving and loading of search and replacement parameters; it is possible to save several searching and replacing subsequently to the single sequence and that whole quickly execute after. Execute the batch with more opened text documents together.
  • Self dialogue for quick assignment of key shortcut to batches
  • Preserve capitalization - If found text begins with a capital letter, also the text replacement will begin with a capital letter
  • Searching for paragraph, character and list style; possibility to choose a style from the menu
  • Built-in help (
  • Languages: English, Czech, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian

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Release List

Release Description Compatibility Operating Systems License Release notes   1.4.2 Fixed error after starting on LO 3.3 Linux, Windows, macOS LGPL Download 1.4.1 Minor graphic fixes. 3.3 LGPL Download 1.4 ICU regexp, bookmarks support, multibatch, formated counter. Several fixes. 3.3 LGPL Download 1.3.2 AltSearch - First release on this server 3.3 LGPL

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  • Tristram Wagram Oct 18, 2023, 8:28 PM (5 months ago)

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    Why, but why does this extension not work properly (in every of its versions) with Libreoffice 6? (I can't install LO7 on Ubuntu, it won't work properly as well.) Since I am a newbie in informatics, I'd be grateful that you give us a version which work and not a patch! Thank you so much.

  • Martyn Jones Sep 7, 2023, 9:50 AM (6 months ago)

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    Finding a manual page break (that I have at the end of each chapter) works correctly going forward, but when I ask it to search backward, it gets all the way to the beginning of the file without finding any.

  • Timur Gadzo Jul 14, 2023, 9:31 AM (8 months ago)

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    Great. Pitty it is not also for Calc, Impress.

    For those asking for regex in LO itself, there is

  • SALZANO Andre Carlos Jul 10, 2023, 9:45 AM (8 months ago)

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    Thank You Very Much!!
    The ONLY difficulty I had with LibreOffice was find and replace. This extension solves it!

  • D G Jul 6, 2023, 9:16 AM (8 months ago)

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    Hi Tomas Bilek,
    thanks a 1000000 for this extension which I heavily use. I particularly appreciate the Batch manager. The only thing is that the names of the expressions there are very tiny (the height of text in each line is around 2,3 millimiters, which makes them difficult to read). Could you improve that? Or point me to an easy way to change this parameter? Thanks!

  • Xavier Goletti Jul 4, 2023, 8:20 AM (8 months ago)

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    Of course some limitations, but essential to standardize automatically generated documents for instance. Has spared me tons of manual work and possible errors. Thank you for the work !
    Currently using it with LO in Linux, of PortableApps and native on Windows 10 Pro.

  • Jan Mieszczanek Feb 24, 2023, 1:03 PM (12 months ago)

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    I used this extension in former versions of LO (with satisfaction). Now (ver 7.4, Win 11) I can't even install it.
    The latest version of AltSearch is dated 2017 and was compatible with LO 5.3.

    I have long dreamed that there will be a proficient programmer who will continue the work of Thomas Bilek...

  • Andrew Rowland Jan 16, 2023, 6:33 PM (14 months ago)

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    Very old-fahsioned appearance, and crashed LO7.3 when I installed it, but 5* for functionality.
    Hard to credit that 'Preserve capitalization' is not an option in the regular Find/Replace dialog yet, but this extension makes replacing one word with another -- whether at the start if a sentence or not -- a cinch.

  • Ben Guy-Williams Dec 1, 2022, 9:32 AM (15 months ago)

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  • Bill Winder Oct 16, 2022, 4:21 AM (17 months ago)

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    Can't install! Suggestions?

    Add Extension(s):
    C:\Users\WGW\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\lu189085z1mw0.tmp_\AltSearch.oxt does not exist.

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