Finding and Replacing Text

In this lesson for Stickies on the Mac we look at how we can search our Stickies notes as well as find and replace text in a Stickies note.

Accessing the Find Window
To search for a term you go to the menu bar and click on ‘Edit’. You’ll see ‘Find’, select this and a new window opens with various options for searching your Stickies notes. You can also use Command+F as a key command to bring up the Find window.

Finding a Term
To find a term in one of your Stickies notes, you just need to type what you are searching for in the Find field at the top of the window.

If you are searching in just your current note, you want to select Current Note. If you want to search all of your notes for the term, make sure you select All Notes. Current Note will be selected by default, so if you aren’t’ finding what you want, the first thing to check is to make sure you are searching all your notes.

Stickies will come back and highlight a note with your search term. If you want to find the next instance of that that term, you click on ‘Next’ in the Find window. Keep clicking on ‘Next’ till you find the term in the note you want. You can also click on ‘Previous’ to go the the previous result.

If you have ‘Ignore Case’ selected, Stickies will ignore the case of the text. So if you search for ‘Apple’ and you have this selected, Stickies will come back with notes that have both ‘apple’ and ‘Apple’ in them. If you are searching for a term and you want to include the case in the search, deselect this.

Replacing Text
In addition to finding text, you can also replace text. As an example, you want to replace the term Macintosh with Mac. You type Macintosh in the Find field, and then in the replace field you type Mac. If you click on Replace, Stickies will replace the first result of the search. If you click on Replace and Find, it will replace the first result and then highlight the next result. From there you can decide if you want to replace it or not.

See this Lesson in Action
If you want to see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

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