I'd like a "find and replace" function in the post editor. As it stands, I copy it into Notepad, apply Find & Replace, and copy it back. That's a little inconvenient. Just a simple one would do, for those answers whose solutions are to, say, double backslashes, and there are a lot of them.

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    What kinds of things are you using find and replace for? I don't believe I've ever needed to use a find and replace before.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 10, 2011 at 4:35
  • @animuson: One recent example is when the problem was unescaped backslashes. I would have liked a simple replacement of ` to ``. (Ugh, can't even get it right in the comments! \ escapes \ but not `... sometimes.) Another example might be replacing newlines with <br />` in long blockquotes.
    – Ry-
    Nov 10, 2011 at 4:36
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    Some kind souls have written a userscript that you can find over at stackapps for this purpose.
    – jonsca
    Nov 10, 2011 at 4:43
  • @jonsca: Write that as an answer, 'cause it's correct for now! Thanks! +1
    – Ry-
    Nov 10, 2011 at 4:48
  • An avid user of the script @sathya reported in a comment to my now-deleted answer that it breaks under the inline editor, so I'll leave the suggestion as a comment.
    – jonsca
    Nov 10, 2011 at 5:05
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    Is this a duplicate of Can we have a set of 'editor tools'?
    – Dori
    Nov 10, 2011 at 5:49
  • @Dori I don't think so, if only because that's one of those dozen-suggestions-in-one omnibus posts.
    – Pops
    Jul 18, 2012 at 14:26

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why don't you use the built-in find function of the chrome and other browsers. It gets you where you want. But it doesn't provide the replace functionality. You might checkout the webstore for extensions if there is any such extension for find and replace

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    Well, at least on Mac/Safari, the WMD editor breaks "Find Next" (i.e., ⌘G). I'd like to see some replacement for that, given that they've removed the browser's built-in functionality.
    – Dori
    Nov 10, 2011 at 8:12
  • So? If it doesn't provide replace, I may as well continue using Notepad. It's not like I can't find them manually, and the browser's find function is either a) broken, as Dori points out, or b) finding instances outside of the editor, too.
    – Ry-
    Nov 10, 2011 at 18:05

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