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

Tags: Extensions Writer


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

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  • 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

Additional documentation:


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

    For known problems please see



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  • Vahid Aug 29, 2020, 10:14 PM (6 months ago)

    Installed and works as expected. Thanks to all those that made this possible!

  • Günther Friedrich Aug 20, 2020, 2:39 PM (6 months ago)

    I can't use it with libreoffice 7.0 !!!

    • Dirk Grützmacher Aug 28, 2020, 4:58 PM (6 months ago)

      so do I. It is not compatible with 7.0 and forces the programm to terminate.

  • jafpcu Aug 18, 2020, 8:14 AM (7 months ago)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    Needed to replace carriage returns with line breaks. Took a bit of experimenting, but this is what worked for me:
    Find = (.)\p(.)
    Replace = \1\n\2
    This preserved the double-carriage-returns that I needed.

    Linux Mint 19.3
    Libre Office

  • Confucius Aug 14, 2020, 5:29 AM (7 months ago)

    Hi Guys,
    This was a great add-on. I used it continuously every day in data conversion. However it had problems not replacing items in the last few weeks. Since then icon was removed from toolbar and it's gone. It fails to install now raising an error.

    The file is in the folder.

    4cc0f88b_altsearch.oxt does not exist.

    I would like to rate it a 5 but cannot rate it at all at present because it is not able to install.

    Any help will be appreciated.

  • Anne Jul 23, 2020, 9:26 AM (7 months ago)


  • An Patr Jul 13, 2020, 2:08 AM (8 months ago)

    1. Is this project dead? The last version appears to be from 2017.
    2. Is this open source, and if so where is the code repository: GitLab, Github, Sourceforge, other?
    Thanks for what you've done so far.

  • fredthomke Jul 12, 2020, 8:27 PM (8 months ago)

    Wow! So intuitive! Why this is not already the default F&$ feature in LO Writer is beyond me. THIS is the way this should work in the first place!

  • Jenn Jul 10, 2020, 3:59 PM (8 months ago)

    I loved this addon until it stopped working. Now everytime I try to use it I get this error:
    BASIC runtime error.
    An exception occurred

  • sid Jul 7, 2020, 6:19 AM (8 months ago)

    and who cd hv thought it will solve this issue!!

  • fork Jul 7, 2020, 6:16 AM (8 months ago)

    if u find opening the extension difficult then create a custom shortcut for it. go to "Tools Menu > Customise...". then select a shortcut u want like Ctrl-Shift-H in shortcuts list at the top. then select "LibreOffice Macros > My Macros > Alt Search > Alt Search (again)" in category section below. then select "_AltSearch" in Function subcategory section next to it. now click the "Modify" button then "Ok". to open the extension dialog box, hit ur custom shortcut keys everytime*

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