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I would like to have some grep-like functionality in Notepad++.

In it simplest version, I would like to be able to copy all lines from the current buffer that contain the word foo to a new buffer. I can use the TextFX plugin to hide all lines without foo, but that doesn't do all that I want (it's lost on Alt - Tab, I can't copy only the matching lines, etc.).

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Ctrl+F --> go to the Mark tab --> toggle Bookmark line --> Click Mark All.

Select menu Search --> Bookmark --> Copy Bookmarked Lines.

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Nice, thanks. You can 'cut bookmarked lines' for a poor man's grep -v too. – ARRG Jul 15 '13 at 15:02
In later versions, e.g. 5.4.5, there isn't any "Mark" tab. Instead, there is a checkbox, "Mark Line", in the "Find" tab. And "Copy Bookmarded Lines" is direcly in the "Search" menu. – Peter Mortensen May 4 '14 at 22:23
@ARRG Can't find the cut bookmarked lines or Copy bookmarked lines in current version, where is it ? – Nicolas Thery Feb 2 at 9:11

I was just looking into this same question. I am not sure if you're aware; in the Find dialog, you can Find All in Current Document which will pop up a window at the bottom showing the matching lines. Then you can copy that into a new document.

Unfortunately, it includes some extraneous information in the results (line number, etc.), but you can filter that out using column mode.

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The added line numbers might even be a feature :) – Frank Meulenaar Apr 14 '12 at 7:37
You might find this plugin useful – Amarghosh Oct 5 '12 at 14:14
@Amarghosh Nice plugin, but lacks a bit of ergonomy (why buttons and no keyboard shortcuts ?). Nice catch :) – Benj Apr 5 '13 at 11:58
@Benji Alt-Q will launch the plugin. Even though there are no shortcut keys within plugin window, basic tab navigation has been enabled. If there is enough interest in the plugin, I will try to add more features as I get some time. Thanks for the feedback :) – Amarghosh Apr 6 '13 at 13:42
@Amarghosh Very nice plugin, thank you!!! – lucaferrario Dec 4 '14 at 17:40

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