I am trying to edit a series of strings in Notepad++ using search & replace. What I'd like to do is to search for a particular piece of HTML code, then delete a portion of it. The challenging part is that one word in the code segment varies.

For example, I'd like to find every instance of this:


(where "shoes" could be any word of varying length - sandals, boots, slippers, flipflops, etc.)

and replace it with just


(where "shoes" is whatever the original word in that position of the string is).

Is this possible? Any ideas how?

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    I thought np++ could handle full regex... Dec 15, 2011 at 20:03
  • Learn searching with regular expressions, aka regex.
    – mtone
    Dec 15, 2011 at 20:19
  • Any good ideas of where to go to learn more? I tried using an asterisk (*) as a wildcard, but that doesn't work. I've used '?' in other programs, but when the string is of variable length, that doesn't work. I've tried searching the web for solutions, but haven't found anything, which is why I posted here.
    – Scoop
    Dec 15, 2011 at 20:27
  • Wouldn't removing arama.php? from the string suffice?
    – slhck
    Dec 16, 2011 at 14:28

1 Answer 1


you can use regex for this as others have suggested:

try something like


replacement line would look something like

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    Dec 19, 2011 at 21:30

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