Using notepad++ I have the following text.

This little piggy went to market, \textbf{smith1774}
This little \textbf{ben1864} piggy stayed \textbf{mueller2867} home,
This little piggy had roast beef

Now I want to remove the \text{} but keep the text in the middle.

I cant do a simple search and replace in two steps (\text{ + }) as my document contains {} in other positions.....

2 Answers 2


You can do it following these steps:

  • open find and replace dialog (CTRL+H)
  • make sure "regular expression" box is checked
  • find what:
  • replace to:

You can test is here

  • Great, so the $1 keeps all the text?
    – lukeg
    Oct 26, 2017 at 13:25
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    it keeps the text what is captured within the brackets (([^}]*)) Oct 26, 2017 at 13:30
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    Specifically, $1 represents the first capturing group, denoted with parentheses. regular-expressions.info/refcapture.html
    – user59659
    Oct 26, 2017 at 18:56
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    I couldn't get this to work until I changed the replace text from $1 to \1, but I'm using Notepad2, not Notepad++. Great tip though!
    – jacobsee
    Oct 26, 2017 at 20:35
  • I've always used \1, \2, etc. as the replace value in NP++. Oct 27, 2017 at 8:17

An alternative approach is to use a non-greedy wildcard (.*?) in the capturing group.

Search for:


Replace with:

  • Works for me in Notepad2
    – jacobsee
    Oct 26, 2017 at 20:36

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