I have some lines like:


I need to remove for example the lines with itunes:autor tag. I tried with "Search" (CTRL+F) - "Regex" selected: <itunes:author> .* , but it didn't work. Tried with itunes:author .*, no match either. What's the problem? How can I select those lines? Should I escape the < in some way to make the .* "trick" work?

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The approach you describe does work:


As seen below:

Notepad++ 'find' window

  • I don't know why.. now it magically started working. I can't believe this! -.- Feb 11, 2013 at 2:24
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    Might be the space in your regular expression. The expression you put in your question has a space character between "<itunes:author>" and ".*". Notepad++ searches for space character also. Feb 11, 2013 at 16:35

Set search mode to regular expression and use this search string <itunes:author>.*

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Make sure that you don't have the ". Matches newline" box checked. I was having the same issue. Once I unchecked it, I was good to go.

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