Scenario: about 80% of the occurrences of a variable need to be updated, though I haven't yet decided whether text or a second variable is the more appropriate. Challenge: finding occurrences!
I've checked my trusty FM 7.0 User Guide, which says under About searching "You can search for any of the following items: […] Variables – that's it. I've also tried a web search, which included forum postings. I think I may end up taking my own advice and apply a colour to the variable in question so I can search by eye: but it would be interesting to hear of a more efficient way of running this sort of search.
I do not know which FM version you have. In the latest versions open the Find/Change pod.
In the Find list select Variable - Of Name.
In the text box enter the name of the variable. You can also enter just some characters of the variable name and use wildcards or regular expressions to find more than one variable.
Then click Find.
In older FM versions you might have to select something else to search for variables, but you always have to enter the variable name.