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[Tip] Incremental Search in Visual Studio

[Tip] Incremental Search in Visual Studio

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I didn't know about incremental search until someone showed me. Now I can't live without it. 

  1. Press Ctrl+I
  2. Start typing the text you are searching for. Note: You'll see the cursor jump to the first match, highlighting the current search string.
  3. Press Ctrl+I again to jump to the next occurrence of the search string
  4. (advanced tip) Press Ctrl+Shift+I to search backwards
  5. To stop searching, press ESC

Reposted from "Did You Know... Behold The Power of Incremental Search - #001" by Sara Ford, author of Microsoft Visual Studio Tips


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  • tks for the tip :)

    I really like it

  • This is easy snazzy, cool. Really. I wonder why it's hardly known. But I didn't wonder for long:

    First, CTRL+I is particulary intuitive for search (tagging 'Incremental' to it may help me remember it's CTRL+I but otherwise does not help.

    Second, it deserves some real estate on the Edit/Find and Replace fly out menu.

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