Help:VisualEditor/User guide/Find and replace

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VisualEditor includes a powerful Find and Replace tool. After loading a page in VisualEditor, you can access it from Menu icon OOjs UI icon menu.svg, then choosing OOjs UI icon articleSearch-ltr.svg Find and replace. You can also press Ctrl+G or ⌘ Cmd+G.

Regular expressions[edit]

Switch on OOjs UI icon searchRegularExpression.svg button, to enable regular expressions (regex).

In the Find field, some special characters are interpreted as PCRE metacharacters. See documentation.

If you capture subpattern using parentheses, you may reuse captured string in Replace field with ordered $1, $2 … $n variables.


You cannot look for newline character.

You cannot replace a phrase based on a lookahead or lookbehind regex.