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Goal: Quick find-and-replace for active selected text in any application.

I want a utility to quickly perform a predetermined find-and-replace for the current selected text in the active application. I would highlight some text, press a hotkey, and the selected text would be replaced according to the filter.

This functionality would be useful for performing find-and-replace quickly when other programmatic methods are not readily available (renaming data files to match new filename scheme, removing the same text from each record in some application, etc).

Ideas: global hotkey editor, windows clipboard monitor, etc.


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You could setup a basic macro in Autohotkey ( If you have text selected then whatever keystrokes are in the macro will automatically replace it. – Snesticle Jan 7 '13 at 17:56
Perhaps this might help. – Karan Jan 7 '13 at 23:55
up vote 3 down vote accepted

In the end (2.5 years later), I just use a combination of tools based on what I need to search-and-replace. For short replacements, I used AutoHotkey Hotstrings. Other times, I'll copy-and-paste to and from Notepad++ and use its search and replace. Other times, a batch file or cygwin bash script gets the job done.

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