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When I do a find (not a find all, which closes the dialog) or replace in Notepad++, the focus will remain on the find/replace dialog. If I want to focus on the main window with the text in it, I either have to click or clumsily alt-tab + alt-shift-tab, or to close it I have to click. Is there a keyboard shortcut for closing the find/replace dialog?

I have read this question, but it relates to the opposite situation - his version of Notepad++ was focusing on the main window after a find or replace and he was wanting to revert focus back to the dialog.

I'm on 64-bit Win7 if that makes any difference.

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If you had read Nate's comment carefully, it was clear that the loss of focus issue was with an older version of Notepad++. On newer versions the dialog remains focused and Esc closes it, which he mentioned as well. – Karan Mar 13 '13 at 1:25
@Karan - whoops – John Straka Mar 13 '13 at 12:45
Turns out this is caused by Photoshop. See my answer. – Henrik Erlandsson Oct 20 '15 at 21:51
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Esc will close the find/replace dialog and return focus to the main window.

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Thanks! I appreciate it. – John Straka Mar 12 '13 at 20:36
This does not work in the most recent versions. – Ed Cottrell Jan 12 '14 at 3:25
@EdCottrell: I just tried the two most recent versions, v6.5.2 and v6.5.3. This method still works in both. – Marcks Thomas Jan 12 '14 at 11:47
Actually, I now see I misread the question; I thought OP was asking how to close the Find Results window, not the Find/Replace dialog. You are correct that Esc will close the latter. – Ed Cottrell Jan 12 '14 at 16:35
There used to be an option to let the find dialogue auto-hide after the first search. Is that still around? – will Mar 24 '15 at 11:31

Edit: I misread this question originally and thought it was asking how to close the Find Results window. The bulk of my answer below addresses the Find Results window. For the Find/Replace dialog, Marcks Thomas posted the correct answer - Esc will do the trick.

There is no keyboard shortcut to close the Find Results window. It is possible to create a hotkey, however, using AutoHotKey. The following script will convert F7 from an open-only shortcut to a toggle; it opens it if it isn't already open, and closes it if it is.

Here is the script:

; Ed Cottrell's AutoHotKey script for toggling the "Find Results" pane/window in Notepad++
; Released under the MIT License (
; Version: 1.1
; Release Date: January 15, 2014
; Released on
; Also released at

; Turn F7 into a toggle for the Notepad++ search results window; currently it shows it, but doesn't hide it.
; The $ prevents this from firing itself
Open := 0
SetTitleMatchMode 2  ; AHK doesn't seem to recognize the window title otherwise
; See if Notepad++ is the active window or if the undocked results window (ahk_class #32770) is the active window
If WinActive("Notepad++")
    ; If the results pane is open, close it
    ; Button1 is the class name for the title bar and close button of the results pane when docked
    ControlGet, OutputVar, Visible,, Button1, Notepad++
    if ErrorLevel = 0
        If OutputVar > 0
            ; Found it docked
            Open := 1
            ; Get the size and coordinates of the title bar and button
            ControlGetPos, X, Y, Width, Height, Button1
            ; Set the coordinates of the close button
            X := Width - 9
            Y := 5
            ; Send a click
            ControlClick, Button1,,,,, NA x%X% y%Y%
; If it is undocked, use ahk_class #32770
else If WinExist("Find result ahk_class #32770")
    ; Found it undocked
    Open := 1
    ; Close it
; It's not open, so open it
if Open = 0
    SendInput {F7}

I hope this helps everyone else out there who loves Notepad++!

Edited to fix error in detection of undocked window.

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There is an open issue accepted for next release.

Just wait a few! -I see your question is 3 months ago-

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This is the cause, tested by me, and suddenly the Esc key works in npp :)

Photoshop causing other programs not receive ESC key

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