Can I search my proofs for words or phrases?

Futureproofs supports full-text search of your proofs, so you can look for specific words or general phrases, to make sure that you can identify and check all occurrences in the book.

Starting a search

To open the search bar, click the Search button in the middle of the toolbar, or hit Ctrl-f (or Cmd-f for Mac users).

When you click this button, the Search pane will open on the right-hand side of your screen, just under the toolbar.

Simple searches

Type your search word(s) the search field and then hit Return on your keyboard or click the Search button.

All the search results on your current page will be highlighted, and you can move between them by hitting Return/Search again, or using the up and down arrows next to the Search button. The currently search result is shown in orange, with the rest in yellow.

(Search results may not be in the obvious order - we have to use the order found in the PDF source file, which may not be the intended reading order.)

Simple searches like this use our 'Smart search' mode, which will match your search term against parts of words to give the most useful results we can. For example, as in the image above, "site" will return "website" and "sites" as well.

To close the Search pane again, click the magnifying-glass button again, or use the X button at the right of the Search sidebar. This will remove all highlights from the page (although your current search will be remembered, and shown again when you re-open the search tool).

Advanced searches

If you need more control over your search, you can open Advanced mode by clicking the three dots next to the close button (or hit Ctrl-Shift-f / Cmd-Shift-f). This opens the full search sidebar, with the current search results shown.

Opening the sidebar has two main effects.

  1. Obviously, the sidebar opens, showing all the results in context as a list (see below).
  2. Although the results on the page are still highlighted, there is no 'current' result - all results are shown in yellow.

You can return to the simple search mode by clicking the three dots again. 

Scrolling through the list in the advanced sidebar lets you spot the right match among lots of irrelevant matches, without having to read all the pages. If you find a result on a different page than you are currently on, just click the blue button with the page number on, and you will be taken to that page.

What do Smart and Exact mean?

The default search mode is Smart mode, which means that your search term will be matched whether it's a word by itself or inside another word - or even straddles two words. So a search for "employ" would return "unemployed", "employment" etc.

If you select the Exact option, the results will only include instances where your search term is precisely matched by whole words only. So, an Exact search for "employ" would return only instances of the word "employ" and not "unemployed", "employment" etc.

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