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Actual Search & Replace for Windows

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Key Details of Actual Search & Replace

    • Improve the look and feel of your Visual Basic applications
    • Last updated on 01/18/24
    • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
    • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Actual Search & Replace allows users to search for and optionally replace words and phrases in ASCII-based documents. Although it seems simple enough to use, we had trouble getting it to function as desired.

The program's interface is basic, and while its core functions--entering the word or phrase you want to search for, for example--are pretty obvious, the program's other options aren't completely intuitive. The program definitely assumes that users will have some familiarity with advanced search functions, including search-related programming syntax. The built-in Help file gives an overview of the program's features, but it doesn't go into much detail and won't be helpful to novice users. As for the program's functions, we had mixed results. We tried and tried to get the program to find a particular word in a text file, but it couldn't, even though we had browsed to the appropriate directory and checked the Include Subfolders box. We never could figure out what the problem was, and the Help file was no help at all. The program had no trouble at all, however, with an HTML document; it quickly found and replaced the phrase we selected.

Actual Search & Replace has a 30-day trial period. It comes as a zip file and installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to intermediate and advanced users. Its lack of intuitiveness and troubleshooting advice will make it a frustrating choice for novices.

What's new in version 2.9.6

Improvements in Windows 11 compatibility

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Full Specifications

January 18, 2024
Latest update
January 18, 2024
Operating System
Windows Vista, Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
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Developer's Description

Perform search-and-replace operations for whole groups of text files.

Actual Search & Replace provides search and replace operations across multiple text files. It supports the search engine query syntax and the regular expressions syntax. The search results window is especially convenient. You can see the lines containing the highlighted occurrences found in the selected files. In addition to the simple replace features Actual Search & Replace allows to insert the text before or after inclusions, delete the text and replace it with spaces.

The preliminary search, ability to undo changes and the backup feature help the user easily control the process of modifying files. The searched files can be filtered by size and last modification date. You can save reports about the found files and detailed information about the inclusions found in them. The program also supports a command-line mode.