OneNote Search and Replace

OneNote Search and Replace

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It is Friday evening after a nice long busy week and I got permission to release another powertoy!  This powertoy is the OneNote Search and Replace feature so please check it out.  I know a few people have asked for this on the newsgroup as well as via the comments section.  Perfect for when code names change (think Longhorn-->Vista).  This powertoy was written by an superstar OneNote developer so a big round of applause for Jeffrey; thank you much for coding this and letting me release this.

How it works

  1. Download the application from here:
  2. Extract the application and run the setup.exe
  3. You will now have a new toolbar button in OneNote which looks like this:
  4. Click the button and you will see a window like this:
  5. Now you can choose your search terms and what scope.
  6. Click Preview and Replace to try it out!

Remember all powertoys available from this blog are AS IS and are not supported by Microsoft. 

Please use at your own risk, but please do enjoy!  Have a great weekend all!

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  • Ok I finally figured it out. I had to check windows for updates (which I had set for automatic but because I use Mozilla and not Internet Explorer were not working) and once my windows updates were installed, I re-installed find and replace and it worked. It is a lifesaver because I am studying for the NYS Bar and my outline had one huge error. Thanks

  • Downloaded and installed and this Powertoy works perfectly.  Thanks for the much needed replace feature!

  • This plugin does not play well with Outlook 2010 Beta.

    1. Icon is scrambled looking

    2. No ribbon support except as a weird purple button under "add-ins" (I expected this)

    3. No quick access toolbar support (surprised to find this!)

    4. Even with whole word matching disabled, it won't find a word-within-a-word.  

    5. Preview is hardly that.  It's just a bullet list.  Navigate to section seems to work intermittently.

    It's pretty surprising that such a basic standard feature of basically every text-entry system on the face of the earth (including Notepad and even this little text box embedded on a web page) is absent from RTM OneNote!  I can't believe this requires a powertoy.

    Please, please add this to Outlook 2010 RTM!

  • It would be good if somebody could enhance this powertoy so it can search and replace the contents of links, etc.

    Right now, it only finds and replaces the text that you see on the screen.  That means if you have hyperlinks that you want to change, you still have to do that manually.


  • Hello, Is there any possibility to get source code?

    I'd like to add several textboxes, so user can replace multiple items at the same time. Also I would like to replace labels.

    Thank You.

  • Hi Daniel,

    Any plans to make this available for OneNote 2010 64-bit?



  • How do I delete this add-in from Onenote. I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with Onenote 2010. The replace feature is simply not working and now I can't find the "uninstall" to get it off the add-in screen. ... and please ask someone at Microsoft to implement this feature properly asap. It's the single biggest missing feature that I've come across and a big issue when using Onenote to take notes during a meeting or lecture.

  • It appears I'm in the same boat as Mike Hoffmann above. In my case, the powertoy installs fine, and Search works fine, and when I click Replace, the results window empties out but the document isn't changed.

    I'm running Windows 7 Enterprise x64, with 32-bit Office 2010.

    While I'm able to use other OneNote 2007 powertoys in OneNote 2010, unfortunately this isn't one of them.

  • I find it AMAZING One Note 2010 doesn't have built it search and replace. Amazing!

  • Awesome job Jeffery works Perfect, and it was exactly what I was looking for, this is what the internet is all about!

  • Search and Replace allowed me to search for strings with numbers in them. Fantastic!

  • This does not find the words I search for, nor does it replace the random words that it finds, it just deletes them. Windows 7, Onenote 2007. If you can't have find and replace in the program, don't even put out onenote.  

  • I found that i can only search on about ~64 characters

    Any chance of expanding this

  • How can an Office product not have search and replace?  I have to download and install a separate plug-in?  This should be a standard function, not a "powertoy".  Search and replace is neither a toy nor should it be considered powerful -- it's basic functionality like being able to type text into ON.

  • After installing Onenote Search and Replace, Onenote crashes every time I close it.

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