I'm looking for a Notepad replacement that could instantly search in opened files.
I mean something like searching in Evernote notes (start typing and then my list of files updates to only files which contain the typed phrase).

I have tried
Sublime Text and few others

but what I want is
I have about 20+ txt files with diffrent content and i would like to type

  1. CTRL+F
  2. start typing and below i see instant results based on opened files or files in directory opened in editor

so i can correct my search based on results i see below i don't want to click search every time and than again CTRL+F and click search and ...

  • @pnuts - Actually, it is: meta.superuser.com/questions/6060/…
    – Dave
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 12:41
  • @Adwinx, please update your question as this is off topic and may get closed and see this post as it may help: meta.superuser.com/questions/5372/…
    – Dave
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 12:42
  • I thought notepadd++ does this - you've included it as a tag, but have not explained why it isn't right for you.
    – Dave
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 12:46

1 Answer 1


couldn’t you just use grep?

grep -r "search string" do this command in the directory of your text files. This will return the name of the file, and highlight the given search parameter

  • yes but i want something faster, instant search, i want to see results as I type
    – Adwinx
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 15:44

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