Find and replace

A few users have suggested this feature already and we think it will be another great addition to Novlr and can definitely be looked into for a future release. Find and replace would allow you to change anything within your novel, simply and quickly. Let us know if you would like this feature by voting for it and comment below any further thoughts you have.

User Graham Brand has suggested being able to change the straight quotes to curly quotes, within the find and replace feature, now that we have added the option for curly quotes in release 1.4.0.

Status

This feature is proposed

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22 replies
  1. Morgan says:

    Absolutely DESPERATE for this, I am editing parts of my novel and one of my character’s names has changed (as I always knew it would but I needed to start writing before I had chosen the final name). I tried to handle this with a browser extension but it did not work with Novlr so now my only option is to download the novel replace the name then re-import the novel. Not efficient and I’d lose all my stats.

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks for your comment Morgan. We know a lot of you would like this feature and it’s a very handy one to have. Votes count, so make sure you have voted! 🙂

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    • Cate Rowan says:

      +1 for find & replace—and would love it to be selectable for “this scene/chapter” or “whole project”, and with options like “ignore case”, “contains vs. starts with”, etc. Thanks!

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    • Lisa says:

      I agree with Morgan. So often I change a character’s name half way through or at the end of a story. Sometimes I change names a few times. Find and Replace is an essential for me.
      Thanks =)

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  2. Kimber says:

    I chimed in earlier, but I’m back again to see if this is in the queue to be implemented. I voted, I commented, I’m asking enthusiastically: Please, can we include Find & Replace? I need it regularly and hate to have to do the deed in Word and then paste into my Novlr doc chapter by chapter.

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  3. Kimber says:

    Can I just keep coming back and whinging now and then till this gets bumped up the line and into the pipeline?
    Really, really could have used this feature this week – huge editing job, LOTS of replacing terms and words and titles.
    *whines and pouts like a toddler*

    Will that do it? 0_o

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    • Clare says:

      Hey Kimber – it is on the development list but we have got bigger features like the outlining tool and the collaboration as more of a priority at the moment. Find and replace is going to be a fiddly one to do but we’ll get there – Sorry for the wait!

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  4. Jane says:

    This is essential. Character and place names can change. I also use things like [**add details here] so I can keep the writing flowing and research something later. I would add spell check, but I see Grammarly is another feature being considered.

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    • Clare says:

      Hi Jane, thanks for your comment and your support for this feature request. Spell check is controlled by your browser. We had to disable Grammarly when using Novlr because they didn’t seem to play nicely together. If it is used by many of our users though, we will spend the time and look into what is going on with it 🙂

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  5. Mattie D. says:

    Oh, there’s currently no find-and-replace? Wow. I never even got as far as needing this, because a bigger deficit drove me away first, but this would be a huge drawback. Yeah, don’t go forward without implementing this one pronto! Massively obvious need for this one! Even notepad has this feature, guys….

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  6. Teresa says:

    This would be fantastic because then I would be able to easily get stuff done. I was moving my stuff over to this and all the words with “tt” replaced the two t’s with & symbols. Talk about a pain in the butt!

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  7. Tom says:

    A more advanced feature I’ve wanted from pretty much every single word processor/noveling software I’ve ever used is being able to find/replace via regular expression.

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  8. Connie says:

    omg what isn’t this already featured? So many of us have to make changes like names or places. Please let this be done soon!

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    • Clare says:

      Hey Connie, This hasn’t been developed yet, but is up for consideration. We know that it would be a useful tool to have for writers so we’ll definitely look into the best way of doing it. Thanks!

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  9. Jonathan Holden says:

    Is it hard to do? What are the technical issues? Search and replace doesn’t seem like rocket science, and it’s a bit of a no-brainer for me and many others…

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