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

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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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  • santhosh Jun 21, 2020, 7:04 AM (6 months ago)

    ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I am getting an error called at the line oLibContainer.LoadLibrary(LibName) in the function Function LoadDialog

    • andy Nov 28, 2020, 7:24 PM (6 days ago)

      I have been having the same problem! Did you ever find a solution you can share with me. I'm on Windows PC.

  • André Luiz Duarte de Queiroz Jun 19, 2020, 3:38 PM (6 months ago)

    ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    So, so... For the average user, regular expressions are quite confusing, and definitely not intuitive; whenever I've tried to make search and replace operations with them through this add-on I failed at least once inputting a regular expression at search field and the same regular expression at the replace field, to get a final result different of intended (the default built-in search&replace would have the same behaviour...); further, this add-on (which is indeed a VB macro...)"crashes" when doing "replace all", at least within tables! It opens a VB window and returns an error message about "no variable set" or something like that!
    Frankly, I'd prefer AltSearch add-on enabled Search&Replace features the very same way of MS Word, much simpler (using "^p" for paragraph, "^t" for tabulation, and so on...)

  • tramsing Jun 9, 2020, 8:46 AM (6 months ago)

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Fantastisk exstension!
    Det er en af de bedste og mest nyttige Extension til Writer!

    Amazing extension!
    It is one of the best and most useful Extension for Writer!

  • eXistenZ Jun 3, 2020, 12:24 PM (6 months ago)

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I love it, I cannot work without!
    I tested Release 1.4.2 in LibreOffice 7 beta and Properties cannot be found. If someone is still developing this extension please check.

    • Thomas Ramsing Jun 9, 2020, 9:15 AM (6 months ago)

      This extension saves me for a lot of boring work.
      I its caple of, automatically inserting a new line, after a dot.

      That is very useful for me.

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