The Find/Command box allows you to search and replace text, and to execute commands. To issue individual Visual Studio commands, preface them with a greater than (>) character.
The Find/Command box retains the last 20 items entered and displays them in a drop-down list. You can navigate through the list by using the arrow keys. The Find/Command box is located on the Standard toolbar in most Visual Studio 2005 programming languages.
To go to the Find/Command box, either click it with the mouse or press CTRL+/.
Find and Replace
By default, when you type text into the Find/Command box and press ENTER, it searches for the text in the current document or window using the search and replace options specified in the. For more information, see .
You can also use certain key combinations with the Find/Command box.
|To||In the command box|
Find a string
Type the string and press ENTER
Find the next occurrence of the string
Search the Help index
Type the string and press F1
Navigate to a specific line of code
Type the line number and press CTRL+G
Find an object
Type the string and press F2
When you search from the Find/Command box, the Find Results 1 window appears, displaying the current search settings. If, for example, the last time you searched from the, you selected the Match case option, the Find Results 1 window would display
Find "mybutton", Match case, Current document
To use the Find/Command box to issue a single Visual Studio command or alias rather than search for text, enter the Visual Studio command, prefaced with a greater than (>) symbol. For example:
>File.NewFile c:\temp\MyFile /t:"General\Text File"
Alternatively, you can also use the Command window to enter and execute single or multiple commands. Some commands or aliases can be entered and executed by themselves; others have required arguments in their syntax. For a list of commands, see. For a list of commands that have arguments, see .
A caret (^) character in a command line means that the character immediately following it is interpreted literally, rather than as a control character. This can be used to embed straight quotation marks ("), spaces, leading slashes, carets, or any other literal characters in a parameter or switch value, with the exception of switch names. For example,
>Edit.Find ^^t /regex
A caret functions the same whether it is inside or outside quotation marks. If a caret is the last character on the line, it is ignored.