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Find and replace special characters in Cocoa apps System
If you want to replace some string with another string that contains, a carriage return using the find/replace panel in TextEdit (or other Cocoa apps), it typically involves selecting a carriage return in the text and copy/pasting it into the Replace text field.

However, you can enter a carriage-return (or any other "special" keystroke like "Tab") into the Replace field by prefixing it with a Control-Q. That is, if you wanted to find all occurrences of ';' and replace them with ';[Return]', you would type a bare ";" into the Find field, and then type ';[Control-Q][Return]" into the replace field (that is: a semicolon, then a Control-Q, then hit the Return key).

Histroy: Control-Q is the keybinding used by emacs that basically tells emacs to insert the next typed character as a raw keystroke instead of going through the normal input-and-interpret engine. This should work in any Cocoa application.
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wonderful!
Authored by: a1291762 on Oct 09, '02 05:52:36PM

I have wanted this for ages!

I'm a vi user, where the equivalent key is Control-V.

Maybe I'll look at emacs bindings to see what else you can do with text boxes in OS X...



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Better use Option key
Authored by: tinb on Oct 11, '02 05:06:20AM

Control-Q[Return] does not work for me in search fields. I've tried this in TextEdit.
Nevertheless it seems much more easy to me to use Option-[Return] to enter a [Return] into search or replace fields. This works also with Option-[TAB].



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works in Address Book
Authored by: Scripter12 on Oct 14, '02 05:08:23PM

Great!
It works in Address Book. Now I can enter a two line Job Title. I also tried option Return but this did not work. It just jumped to the next field.



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