Multi line search (Find + Find/Replace)

We used to have a button that allowed to search for text with multiple lines (line breaks):


This button seems to be have disabled in IntelliJ 15 (or is there another way to accomplish this?):

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I know this can be accomplished with regex, but it's sometimes a bit easier to paste a selection with line breaks in the Find box.

If this has been asked elsewhere, I apologize.


You probably want to vote for IDEA-145720 Search/Replace bar - Multiline & Find All buttons - Please bring them back.

As a workaround for now, you can get a multi-line search by selecting two or more lines in the editor and then hitting Ctrl+F. If you want Multi-line find & replace, you still need to first to type Ctrl+F after selecting the multiple lines, and then type Ctrl+R (after the find bar opens) to get the multi-line find & replace. If you hit Ctrl+R straight from the editor after selecting multiple lines, you still only get the single line boxes.


You can also use ALT-Enter to add a new line in either the "search" or the "replace" field.


Thanks Stephen - at last the answer I was looking for!


In Mac OSX, press `cmd + shift + enter` to drop into the next line. Use regex search (add .* to the end of your first line). Sample:




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