Find and Replace text across multiple documents

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 22, 2008
Updated • Feb 12, 2013

A colleague of mine build a static html website a few years ago. He slowly but steadily created hundreds of html pages which was great for him because he could simply use one already finished file as a template for a new one. It did however pose a problem as well. Updating information across all files was very time consuming. Think of extending the copyright notice each year, adding advertisement to the websites or changing the navigation.

What he needs obvisouly is a program that can find and replace text across multiple documents. Ideally it would be a software that would be easy to use and would require just a few clicks to achieve the desired results. One of the applications that can deliver a speedy way of replacing text across multiple documents is Text Crawler.

Ideally you only need to fill out the old and new text, the location of the documents and the type of documents that you want to change. Text Crawler scans all documents of that type for the phrase that you have entered and displays all occurrences in a list that contains the file name and location as well as the line in the document with the match.

The text is only replaced in files checked by the user. Some of the supported file types are txt, log, php, htm, css and ini. What I like is the option to create backup files before replacing the text in the documents and support for Regular Expressions. A great feature is the Regular Expression Tester that allows you to load a text file and test if the regular expression is replacing the text correctly.

The process itself is very fast, takes just a short time to replace the text in the selected documents.

Update: Note that the program runs on all recent versions of Windows. It does require the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 though.


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  1. Muhammad Arif said on May 15, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I have a request that i want a any softwere for change or edit text in scane documents.
    If any one know about this softwere plz send me the website. I wil be very thanx full

  2. Roman ShaRP said on March 24, 2008 at 12:42 am

    I recommend your friend to try BK ReplacEm. I used it for 7 years or so.

  3. Jason said on March 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Use a dynamic language, dork! Get a book on PHP and MySQL and replace that old crap. (Directed at your colleague)

    Oh yeah, Dreamweaver works good for find and replace too.

  4. Declan said on March 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Notepad++, which I use for all my coding, has that functionality over all the open documents in it. I have used it up to about twenty, and found it sufficient.

  5. Bruno 'ReX' Barbieri said on March 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I use a paid program for that “Actual Search & Replace”, it’s good btw.

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