SharpDevelop 2.1 now supports incremental searching. For those
of you who have used Visual Studio, the incremental search works in
similar way. First you enter incremental search mode, then type
in the search text. As you type in each character the document is
searched from the current cursor position and the first match it
finds is highlighted.
- Ctrl+E enables incremental searching. The search will
start from the current cursor position and move down the
- Ctrl+Shift+E enables reverse incremental searching.
The search will start from the current position and move up the
- As each character is typed in the corresponding matching text
is highlighted in the document.
- Any text selected before the incremental search is start will
become the first part of the searched for text.
- If the string is not found an error message is displayed in
the status bar.
- Pressing the Backspace key removes the last character
from the search string.
- Pressing the Escape or Enter key stops the
- If the search text contains only lower case characters the
search will be case insensitive.
- If the search text contains an upper case character then the
search is case sensitive.
Position the cursor at the location where you want the search to
Enable the incremental search either by selecting the
Incremental Search from the Search menu or by using
the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E.
The mouse cursor over the text editor will then be changed to
the Incremental Search icon to indicate
that you have enabled the search.
The status bar text will change to "Incremental
Type in a character and the first match below the current cursor
position will be highlighted. The search text is also displayed in
the status bar.
As you type in characters the search text is changed and
matching text is highlighted. If the search text cannot be found
the status bar text will show an error message.
The search is case insensitive if all the characters of the
search text are lower case. If any character is upper case then the
search will be case sensitive.
If the first character typed in does not match anything below
the cursor but can be found above the cursor position, at the start
of the document, then the match will be highlighted and the status
bar will show a warning message informing you that the end of the
document has been passed. In the screenshot below the cursor was
put at the end of the document and then the incremental search was
To stop the incremental search press the Escape or
Reverse Incremental Search
The reverse incremental search will search from the current
cursor position to the start of the document.
Enable the reverse incremental search either by selecting the
Reverse Incremental Search from the Search menu or by
using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+E.
The mouse cursor will then be changed to the Reverse Incremental
Search icon to
indicate that you have enabled the search. The status bar text will
also be changed to "Reverse Incremental Search".
As you type a character the matching text will be highlighted
and the search text will be shown in the status bar.
To stop searching press the Escape or Enter
Visual Studio Comparison
The differences between the SharpDevelop's and Visual
Studio's incremental search.
|Shortcuts||Ctrl+E, Ctrl+Shift+E||Ctrl+I, Ctrl+Shift+I|
|Case sensitive search||An upper case character in the search string makes the
search case sensitive.||Select the Match case option in the Find dialog.|