As we all know that Ctrl+F is the way to find some required text within a file, but how do we go about to find a desired text in all open documents in Notepad++?

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Press Ctrl + F, and then click "Find All in All Opened Documents":

notepad++ find window

Alternatively, you can press Alt + O (as the 'O' is underlined).

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    This answer is so straight forward, I start to wonder if some people even read what is on their screen. (not meant against you Attie, this is a valid answer)
    – LPChip
    Feb 23, 2018 at 14:17
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    It's not obvious enough since we're still up-voting this answer. My initial thought was to look in "Find in Files" for this option since I think of each tab as a "file".
    – Ben
    Dec 11, 2019 at 17:00
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    Just pointing out that, in newer versions (v8.4.6 at least), the placement of "Find All in All Opened Documents" and "Find All in Current Document" are swapped. I was so focused on the expected output that didn't check this for quite some time.
    – pras92
    Feb 9, 2023 at 13:49

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