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There is a problem with the find and replace panel in that it does not include either Paragraph or Character Styles if they are listed as "Show Hierarchical" and the list is closed. I cannot see the styles held by the Base Group.

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and after expanding I have all of them.

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I have noticed that before too. I didn't know whether it was a bug or intentional. I can imagine that it may be helpful in cases where a person has a very large number of styles, but it has tripped me up a few times, because I keep forgetting to expand before I search.

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2 hours ago, garrettm30 said:

I have noticed that before too. I didn't know whether it was a bug or intentional. I can imagine that it may be helpful in cases where a person has a very large number of styles, but it has tripped me up a few times, because I keep forgetting to expand before I search.

Perhaps we could get the ability to expand the groups in the search area? Not sure how that would work, if it could work.

Your point of a very large number of styles is well taken, I hadn't really considered that, perhaps it should stay as is then.


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That is to say, I think it would be useful if there was a popup window for the Find & Replace panel. Find and replace is essentially a complex matter, so I imagine a dedicated window-based UI rather than just a menu-based system would make a lot of sense. :)

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7 hours ago, A_B_C said:

I think it would be useful if there was a popup window for the Find & Replace panel. Find and replace is essentially a complex matter, so I imagine a dedicated window-based UI rather than just a menu-based system would make a lot of sense.

I think that is in fact what we have presently when we search by format, except that we cannot pick paragraph and character styles this way. Those are in drop-down menus, but all the other formatting options present an interface very similar to the edit text styles interface.

Should we also suggest that styles be added to that interface?

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Of course, you are right. We already have the Format panel. So I think it would be sensible to have something like this. In my opinion, it would be much more comfortable to use. You could even highlight a text style, such that the parameters would be sent to the panels accessible from the list on the left, and then adjust particular settings to search for local deviations from a single UI. :)

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EDIT I guess that idea is not too brilliant as it stands. As we should be able to select a paragraph style and a character style at the same time. Seems like menus are indeed the way to go, even if they feel rather cumbersome. Hmm.

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56 minutes ago, A_B_C said:

What do you mean by the “format modal”?

I probably should have written it more fully as "the format modal window." It is the window we have been talking about, where we pick the format to search for. It is a modal window because it takes over the app until we close it.

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