While making my social media rounds this morning, I came across this tweet from a Flare user:

“The absence of a search function for project contents is a big weakness in the otherwise awesome MadCap Flare.”

First of all, Flare is indeed awesome! Second of all, there actually is a project search function that you may not know about: Find in Files

When I contacted this user, she told me that she was having trouble finding a particular phrase in her Knowledge base. When searching for in the phrase in Flare, she opened topic after topic after topic, trying to remember where to find it. That would frustrate just about anybody!

There is an easier way to search your project, and it goes a little something like this:

  • fnfFrom the Home tab on the ribbon, click Find in Files.
  • This will open the Find in Files window on the right-hand side of your screen.
  • Type your search word or term in the Find What box. Choose where you want to look (Find in and File types) and click Find All.
  • Your results will appear in the Find Results window at the bottom of your screen.
  • Double-click any result to open it, and your result will be highlighted in the file.

There. Much easier than rooting around in your project for hours, yes? Get more info about the Find In Files feature here.

About The Author

Jennifer White

About Jennifer White

Jennifer White, a Product Evangelist at MadCap Software, has over 15 years of experience in writing, broadcasting, public speaking, marketing and social media management. Jennifer has also served as a social media manager, blogger, on-air host, writer and content provider for CBS Radio and Fox TV.

Last Modified: October 28, 2013

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  • Mel September 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Fritter April 25, 2016 at 3:18 AM

    I never use Flare’s project search. It’s slow and clunky and it never seemed to work properly for me.

    Instead I use Notepad++, which is a totally excellent free text editor. It has a “Find in Files” search, which is great for Flare source because it’s in HTML and not some unsearchable binary format. Notepad++ also supports regular expressions so if you know how to use those, you have a very powerful project-wide search tool at your fingertips.

    I have no interest to declare, incidentally. Flare and Notepad++ are both good tools that complement each other well.

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