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

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last edited: 2022-08-23

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

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Description

  • 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 (http://www.volny.cz/macrojtb/HelpAltSearch_en.html)
  • Languages: English, Czech, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian

Additional documentation: http://macrojtb.hys.cz/AltSearchScr_en.html

Homepage: http://macrojtb.hys.cz/HelpAltSearch_en.html

Release List

  • Release Description Compatibility Operating Systems License Release notes  
  • 1.4.2 Fixed error after starting on LO 5.3.1.2 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

    For known problems please see
    Bugzilla!

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Reviews

  • D G Sep 17, 2022, 11:49 AM (10 days ago)

    1.4.2 was working with Ubuntu 22.04 1 LTS when it suddenly uninstalled itself (the icon was gone from the toolbar).

    Now, if I try to install it (from the Extension Manager) I get the following error:

    Add Extension(s):
    /home/[...]/.config/libreoffice/4/user/uno_packages/cache/uno_packages/lu263155zk80.tmp_/4cc0f88b_altsearch.oxt does not exist.

    So I reset LO to factory settings, and I could install it.

    Thank you Tomas for this extension! I really wish it was fully integrated with LO (especially the list of saved replacements and the unifying of the replacement symbol which is presently different: $ LO and \ in Altsr).

    For some reason, some find/replace strings only work in the LO standard advanced search and replace.

  • Jade H Aug 28, 2022, 10:02 AM (30 days ago)

    No matter the version, it won't start on Ubuntu 22.04, LibreOffice 7.3. It sends back this error message :

    BASIC runtime error.
    An exception occurred
    Type: com.sun.star.container.NoSuchElementException
    Message: ./basic/source/uno/namecont.cxx:118

  • Yogi Bear Jun 13, 2022, 12:27 PM (4 months ago)

    Works great. Thank you, Tomáši. :)

  • pascal christoph Apr 17, 2022, 12:35 PM (5 months ago)

    Works great using libreoffice Version: 6.4.7.2.
    If installed a green spyglass icon appears at the top left. Usage is nice because there is a drop down list of regex with descriptions of what they are doing.
    Sometimes a bit slow (on a text with >200 pages) - don't interrupt and just wait some minutes.

  • Naomi Winebrenner Nov 18, 2021, 7:34 PM (10 months ago)

    I don't know if it's the new update or what, but this went from working like a dream to not working at all on the one thing I *need* it for (replacing all numerals in a selection with superscript numerals). It still does ordinary find and replace, just not that.

    • Erin Kretsmer Nov 29, 2021, 5:25 PM (10 months ago)

      Naomi, I don't know if this helps, but there are multiple releases available on this page. Perhaps you could uninstall, download an earlier version, and use the older version for your purpose.

  • Peter T Oct 24, 2021, 10:35 PM (11 months ago)

    An extremely useful extension that I have been using for a long time with OpenOffice and LibreOffice. Thanks for this.

    The tooltip and menu item used to show "Alt. Najít a nahradit", so I patched "addon.xcu" to fix that. The country codes must be removed from the language codes, i.e. it must be "en" instead of "en-GB" etc., then the correct translation is displayed.

  • Adalbert Hanssen Aug 14, 2021, 4:16 PM (14 months ago)

    It is extremely useful. Its functionality should be built into LibreOffice itself!

    But sometimes I encountered bugs. Now I have found how to circumvene the gigantic time consumption if one wants to remove spaces before a paragraph mark: instead of

    \s*\p

    use

    \s{1,}\p

    which speeds up the search tremendously! (But I don't know why).

  • Alberto Tornaghi May 6, 2021, 3:51 AM (17 months ago)

    Very good extension.
    The button to open the list of regular expressions was functioning the first time, but does not opens the list any more.
    Hoe can I open it? Without this I can not know how to search special characters.
    I'm using writer 6.0 in Linux Mint 19

    • Alberto Tornaghi May 6, 2021, 3:52 AM (17 months ago)

      Don't how or why, it is working again.

  • Kevin Coonan Apr 2, 2021, 8:15 PM (18 months ago)

    Does this work with current version???

  • Ano Nymos Mar 10, 2021, 1:21 AM (19 months ago)

    Can consecutive duplicate lines in libreoffice writer be removed using this extension? For example:
    name
    name
    be replaced with:
    name
    Similar to the regex expression:
    search string: ^.*$\p\1$
    replace string: \1
    Thanks

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