How do I replace text in a selection?


Sublimetext2 Problem Overview

I've just started using Sublime Text 2, coming from emacs.

I have a region of text selected. Within that region, I'd like to replace all text instances of '0' with '255'.

How do I do this kind of text replacement?

Sublimetext2 Solutions

Solution 1 - Sublimetext2

This frustrated the heck out of me, and none of the above answers really got me what I wanted. I finally found the answer I was looking for, on a mac if you do + option + F it will bring up a Find-Replace bar at the bottom of your editor which is local to the file you have open.

There is an icon option which when hovered over says "In Selection" that you can select to find and replace within a selection. I've pointed to the correct icon in the screenshot below.

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Hit replace all, and voila, all instances of '0' will be replaced with '255'.

Note: this feature is ONLY available when you use + option + F.

It does NOT appear when you use + shift + F.

Note: this will replace all instances of '0' with '255'. If you wanted to replace 0 (without the quotes) with 255, then just put 0 (without quotes) and 255 in the Find What: and Replace With: fields respectively.


option key is also labeled as the alt key.

key is also labeled as the command key.

Solution 2 - Sublimetext2

On a Mac you can can select the text that you are after then press: cmd + ctrl + G

This will select every instance of your selected text within the same document. If you now start typing to replace your original highlighted text, you will replace all of the other occurrences at the same time.

Solution 3 - Sublimetext2

Some of the answers here haven't really helped.

People are showing you how to find stuff, but now how to replace it.

I just had a look, and it looks like it's Ctrl+H for replace, then you get the find dialog as well as a replace dialog. This worked for me.

Solution 4 - Sublimetext2

ST2 has a feature for changing multiple selections at once.

  1. Double click the first instance of 0 that you want to change.
  2. Press the key for Find->Quick Add Next* to select the next instance of 0, and repeat until you've selected all the instances of 0 that you want to change.
    If this method selects an instance that you want to skip, press the key for Find->Quick Skip Next.
  3. Verify that the multiple highlighted fields are what you want to replace. Next, type in '255' and it should modify all of the selected instances simultaneously.

*Look at the Find menu on the menu bar to find the correct shortcut key for your system. For vanilla Windows, the menu tells you that Find->Quick Add Next is Ctrl+D and Find->Quick Skip Next is Ctrl+K,Ctrl+D.

Solution 5 - Sublimetext2

I know this has been answered many times, and all are correct, but I though I would add another:

Similar to the Ctrl - D method to select individual occurrences of the current selection, you can select all occurrences in the file with Alt+F3 when using Windows or Linux (CMD+CTRL+G in Mac world).

This is helpful for mass-changes.

Solution 6 - Sublimetext2

First, select the portion of the text containing the bits you want to change. On Windows (sorry) it's Ctrl + H or Find > Replace... This opens up the Find/Replace boxes at the bottom of the file. Enter your details then click Replace All (or Ctrl + Alt + Enter)

Solution 7 - Sublimetext2

  1. Ctrl + F (or Cmd + F on a Mac);
  2. Enter the string you want to find on the input at the bottom of the window.
  3. Press "Find All";

All of the appearances are now selected. Do whatever you want.


There are a bunch of options at the left of the input that opens on Ctrl + F. There's one that says something like "Find in selected text". Select a bunch of text, check that option and repeat the same steps above starting from 2). Now, only matches belonging to that selection are selected.

Solution 8 - Sublimetext2

You can use ctrl+F to find the text.
ctrl+h to enter the replacement text. Then ctrl+shift+h to replace the current selected text and move to next matched text.

This is for windows. But you can check in mac also for which you might want to check the key bindings under Preferences.

Solution 9 - Sublimetext2

  1. Select the item you want to replace (double-click it, or Ctrl - F to find it)...

  2. Then do a (Ctrl - Apple - G) on Mac (aka. "Quick Find All"), to HIGHLIGHT all occurrences of the string at once.

  3. Now just TYPE your replacement text directly... All selection occurrences will be replaced as you type (as if your cursor was in multiple places at once!)

Very handy...

Solution 10 - Sublimetext2

1- Find: CTRL + F
2- Select-in: Alt + Enter

Now you can change all the selection in one shot like "seen-on-tv" ST homepage Spot.

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Solution 11 - Sublimetext2

As @JOPLOmacedo stated, ctrl + F is what you need, but if you can't use that shortcut you can check in menu:

  • Find -> Find..

    and there you have it.
    You can also set a custom keybind for Find going in:

  • Preferences -> Key Bindings - User

    As your request for the selection only request, there is a button right next to the search field where you can opt-in for "in selection".

  • Solution 12 - Sublimetext2

    option + command + F works in Mac for find and replace.


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