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'Find Next' works across applications System
If you initiate a "Find" (cmd-F) in an application, you can continue searching ("Find Next" cmd-G) for the same word/expression in other running applications as well, without hitting cmd-F again to enter the words to search.

[robg adds: I'm not positive, but I think this only holds true for Cocoa applications ... I also thought we'd ran a hint on it before, but I can't find one now.]
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'Find Next' works across applications
Authored by: ejalbert on May 19, '03 12:44:18PM

It's not just Cocoa applications. As of 10.2, Carbon applications can support this as well. Not all do yet, but a few do.



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Makes sense
Authored by: UltraNurd on May 19, '03 01:57:49PM

Even if you close the find window, the last search you performed in any cocoa application appears as the default in the search box.



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'Find Next' works across applications
Authored by: aranor on May 19, '03 03:40:33PM

It's because the Find NSPasteboard is the same across all (Cocoa) applications, just like the regular NSPasteboard (which we call the Clipboard).



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'Find Next' works across applications
Authored by: Cantus on May 19, '03 10:48:28PM

I actually DISLIKE this feature. It replaces whatever I was finding in TextEdit for whatever I was finding in Safari. Very annoying.



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'Find Next' works across applications
Authored by: ever on Feb 27, '05 02:08:25AM

I agree that this is an extremely annoying behavior and I'm looking for a convenient way around it. Sadly I am but a novice applescripter. If I get angry enough, however, I'll march right into Xcode and show my mac who's boss.



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'Find Next' works across applications
Authored by: ever on Feb 27, '05 03:21:05AM

Okay, I was on the brink of insanity with this issue until I stumbled upon the "Use Selection for Find" command (cmd-E) that appears in the Edit->Find menu of most apps. This is a pretty convenient work-around that can be called in the simple applescript I was writing. Hope this helps others that google this way.



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