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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34 replies
  1. Morgan
    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
      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
      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
      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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    • alex
      alex says:

      Novlr is great and i have used it for a while, but there are some good features that they dont provide here that
      i currently have with this other site that i am using novelorbook.com
      and they have this find and replace feature, its so handy
      a lot of features + monthly prizes , and $10000 author competition

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  2. Kimber
    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
    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
      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
    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
      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.
    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
    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
    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
    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
      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
    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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  10. Nicola
    Nicola says:

    This is very important for me. I have to keep track of all the characters and I want to have an easy way to track every time they’re mentioned in the book. At the moment I’m noting everything down in the General Notes but it’s unnecessarily complicated and not as affective by a long shot. This being said, thanks a lot for what you do!

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  11. Nils Dannemann
    Nils Dannemann says:

    Wow, this is absolutely crucial!
    It’s a must have feature, which is (from a developers standpoint) even relatively simple to implement. Not sure how a “mobile app” is more important. Should be next on the list in my opinion.

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  12. A.E. Wasson
    A.E. Wasson says:

    Just wanted to see if the Find/Replace function is in the works yet? I couldn’t agree more with everyone else – this is a crucial feature. Thanks!

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  13. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Please, please, please! This is a basic NEED for all writers. More than a mobile app or Notes. Surprised it wasn’t in the launch to be honest. Another reason I had to move over to a different writing platform.

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  14. Connie
    Connie says:

    I see this is still in the proposed stage, and as much as I love Novlr it’s getting annoying having to convert my files to find and replace words. :( As many here have already commented, it seems to be an essential tool. Hope

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  15. Tim
    Tim says:

    Wow! This is a basic feature. The fact it isn’t part of Novlr already is disappointing and concerning. I really want to give Novlr a try, but won’t even consider it until this feature is implemented. Every word processor has this feature. I would focus on putting this in ASAP!

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  16. Charnae
    Charnae says:

    This would be so awesome! Like others, I have a character whose name has changed and a quick replace would be fabulous! I love so many features of Novlr… it definitely isn’t make or break for me. But it would take away one additional headache. ;)

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  17. Phi
    Phi says:

    I’m moving away from another platform that doesn’t have find and replace, and have fallen in love with Novlr’s interface after playing with it for a bit. Big disappointment to see that find and replace doesn’t exist here. I see other issues in the pipeline with far fewer votes, so I hope this one can rise to the top soon.

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  18. Connie
    Connie says:

    I want to preface by saying I absolutely love Novlr, I wouldn’t comment here again if I wasn’t really a) impatient b) disappointed. It’s been 2 YEARS! This feature should be an essential, I don’t understand how tagging can be in the pipeline when you can’t even find the words you need in a draft. I have a project I’ve been working on for more than a year. I’ve had to export the document just to replace names and places THEN re-upload. I know people say well what’s the point? Why not use the desktop? Well, Novrl has been so efficient with its platform when accessing my work. *sigh* Anyhow, I hope I don’t come across as rude, I just don’t now why this is still in the proposal stage. Forgive my ignorance but would this feature be hard or complicated to integrate?

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