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Find and replace looks in topics it has already searched

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Apr 10, 2017

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I'm using Robohelp 2017 on Windows.

When I use the Replace option, with "current project" selected, it works fine as long as I don't interrupt the process. For example, if I click Find, then Replace, then Find then Replace, several times, it works fine. But if I interrupt the process at all, for example, to go and manually change something I've noticed in one of the files, the Find starts again at the beginning.

Is there any way to stop it doing this?

Thanks in advance

Laura

Hi there

I can't really say that I'm surprised by this behavior. I mean, isn't it kind of like looking through all sorts of boxes in your basement for a particular item? Then when you make a change, it's like your partner or child deciding to perhaps rearrange the boxes? How do you know the item you are looking for wasn't discovered by the child and dropped inside a box you already searched?

I think that's what's happening with RoboHelp. Because you are off making modifications, it has no way of knowing that you (or someone) hasn't changed a file so that it now includes the term you are looking for.

I think a general rule of thumb would be that when you perform a find and replace operation, you really need to consider that nothing else should be changed until you complete the find and replace.

Cheers... Rick

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Find and replace looks in topics it has already searched

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I'm using Robohelp 2017 on Windows.

When I use the Replace option, with "current project" selected, it works fine as long as I don't interrupt the process. For example, if I click Find, then Replace, then Find then Replace, several times, it works fine. But if I interrupt the process at all, for example, to go and manually change something I've noticed in one of the files, the Find starts again at the beginning.

Is there any way to stop it doing this?

Thanks in advance

Laura

Hi there

I can't really say that I'm surprised by this behavior. I mean, isn't it kind of like looking through all sorts of boxes in your basement for a particular item? Then when you make a change, it's like your partner or child deciding to perhaps rearrange the boxes? How do you know the item you are looking for wasn't discovered by the child and dropped inside a box you already searched?

I think that's what's happening with RoboHelp. Because you are off making modifications, it has no way of knowing that you (or someone) hasn't changed a file so that it now includes the term you are looking for.

I think a general rule of thumb would be that when you perform a find and replace operation, you really need to consider that nothing else should be changed until you complete the find and replace.

Cheers... Rick

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Hi there

I can't really say that I'm surprised by this behavior. I mean, isn't it kind of like looking through all sorts of boxes in your basement for a particular item? Then when you make a change, it's like your partner or child deciding to perhaps rearrange the boxes? How do you know the item you are looking for wasn't discovered by the child and dropped inside a box you already searched?

I think that's what's happening with RoboHelp. Because you are off making modifications, it has no way of knowing that you (or someone) hasn't changed a file so that it now includes the term you are looking for.

I think a general rule of thumb would be that when you perform a find and replace operation, you really need to consider that nothing else should be changed until you complete the find and replace.

Cheers... Rick

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