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Structural search and replace dialogs

Edit | Find | Search Structurally

Edit | Find | Replace Structurally

Use these dialogs to find and replace fragments of code that structurally match the suggested search template.

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Search template

Use this text area to specify the template based on which IntelliJ IDEA performs the search process. You can type the template code in the field or click the Settings/Preferences button and select the Existing Templates option to see a list of existing templates.

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Match case

Select this checkbox if you want IntelliJ IDEA to match the case of the code you are searching for.

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File type

Use this option to select a file type for your search. In this case, IntelliJ IDEA searches only in the specified file types.

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the Filter icon

Click this icon to add filters for the whole search template. Use the Add icon to add a new filter or the Remove icon to remove the existing one.

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the Settings/Preferences icon

Click this icon to select one of the following options:

  • Save Template: use this option to save a template you have specified in the search template area. IntelliJ IDEA adds the saved template to the User Defined node in the Existing Templates dialog.

  • Export Template to Clipboard: use this option to export the template and share it.

  • Import Template to Clipboard: use this option to import the shared template.

  • Existing Templates: use this option to see the list of existing templates.

    In the Existing Templates dialog, select one of the pre-defined or custom templates. The selected template is displayed in the Preview field. When you click OK, IntelliJ IDEA inserts the source code of the template into the Search template or Replace template field.

  • Switch to Search / Switch to Replace: use this option to quickly switch to the Structural Search or the Structural Replace dialog.

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Replacement template

Use this text area to specify the template to be substituted. You can type the template code in the field or click the Settings/Preferences button and select the Existing Templates option to see a list of existing templates.

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search

Click this icon to see the list of your previous searches.

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Shorten fully qualified names

This option makes sense in case the template text contains fully qualified class names. If the checkbox is selected, IntelliJ IDEA automatically reduces these names in the template. Otherwise, fully qualified class names are used.

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Reformat

Check this option, if you want IntelliJ IDEA to automatically reformat the expanded code fragment according to your code style settings (for details, refer to the Code Style dialog). If the option is not checked, IntelliJ IDEA will only indent the whole template according to the position in code at which it is expanded, leaving its formatting as is.

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Use static imports

Check this option, if you want IntelliJ IDEA to shorten any references to static elements in the replaced code. IntelliJ IDEA will insert a static import for those elements. The elements are then referenced by their short name. If there are no references to static elements in the replaced code, the option will be ignored.

Structural Replace

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Use this area to specify where IntelliJ IDEA should search for and replace your code.

You can select from the following options:

  • Project: when you select this option, IntelliJ IDEA searches and replaces the specified pattern in the whole project.

  • Module: when you select this option, IntelliJ IDEA searches and replaces the specified pattern in the selected module.

  • Directory: when you select this option, IntelliJ IDEA searches and replaces the specified pattern in the selected directory.

  • Scope: when you select this option, IntelliJ IDEA searches and replaces the specified pattern in a certain scope that you have selected. You can select a predefined scope from the available list or create a custom scope when you click the Browse button.

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Search target

Use this option to specify the target of your search process which could be the exact match of the pattern you have specified (Complete match) or just a part of it. The options of the search target depend on the file type you have selected.

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Open in new tab

If this checkbox is selected, the results of the new search display in a new tab in the Find results tool window. Otherwise, the search results update the existing tab.

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Last modified: 9 December 2019