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Highlight instances of selected text

When you select text with the mouse or keyboard, Atlantis can automatically highlight other instances of the selected text in the document window:

Instances of selected text

In addition, the total number of found instances of the selected text is reported through the status bar of Atlantis:

Status bar reporting instances of selected text

If you click the instance count hyperlink in the status bar:

Instance count hyperlink

all the highlighted instances would be selected as a proper multiple selection:

Selecting instances

After this, you could perform various actions on the selected items. You could apply a different font formatting, delete the selection, bookmark each selected item or convert it into a clickable hyperlink, etc etc etc. You could also overtype the selected instances with new text. In this way, you could quickly replace all instances of "Alice" with "Jane" without using the Find / Replace tool.

Note that Atlantis highlights instances of a manually selected text only. The selection should also contain entire words not word fragments, and the corresponding option - Highlight instances of the selected text - should be enabled on the "Edit" tab of the "Tools | Options..." dialog.

To configure the feature, click the [...] link in the status bar:

The 'Options' link

This would display a menu with the following options:

The options
  • If you uncheck the Highlight Instances of the Selected Text option, Atlantis would stop highlighting instances of selected text. The feature can be reactivated on the "Edit" tab of the "Tools | Options..." dialog.
  • When the Exact Match option is unchecked, Atlantis doesn't distinguish between uppercase and lowercase characters, and characters with diacritical marks and the corresponding base characters are considered as identical. When the option is checked, Atlantis reports only those instances that completely match the selected text. For more details, see the notes on the "Exact match" option of the the Find / Replace tool.
  • When The Enter Key Selects Highlighted Instances option is checked, you can quickly select all the highlighted instances as a multiple selection simply by pressing the Enter key. Otherwise, the highlighted instances can be selected by clicking the instance count hyperlink in the status bar:

    Instance count hyperlink
  • When the Mouse Hover Previews option is checked, you can hover the mouse over the instance count hyperlink in the status bar:

    Instance count hyperlink

    in order to navigate among the highlighted instances scattered throughout the document.

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