Find and Replace in TagEditor
Thread poster: chopra_2002

chopra_2002  Identity Verified
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Feb 6, 2011

Hello experts,

MS Word has a very useful command (Find and Replace) which helps in finding and replacing words and saves a great deal of time as it finds and replaces the same word(s) at many places in the same file.

I have translated a very big ttx file and the client has changed many words which I need to incorporate in the ttx file. I don't find much problem doing it in MS Word as it replaces hundreds of occurences of the same word but when I use Find command in TagEditor, it takes me to the whole segment instead of the particular word which I need to change. Therefore, I have to locate the word in the segment and then select it and replace it. Further, it can be done one by one unlike MS Word which makes thousands of replacements at the click of a button.

Am I missing something? Can it be done in a more fast and convenient manner?


P. Chopra

Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention, I have Trados Freelance 7.0

[Edited at 2011-02-06 12:12 GMT]


Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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"Help" -> "Index" -> "Replace command" - Might only refer to Trados 2007 Feb 6, 2011

Open Help in TagEditor, select Index and go to "Replace command" - there you will find the following entry:

Use the Replace command to find and replace text in the active document.

To search for and replace text:

Select Edit > Replace from the menu bar to open the Replace dialog box.

Enter the search text in the Find what box.

Note: TagEditor saves the last 20 find and replace strings during an active session.

Select the search settings:

To search for the whole word only, select Match whole word only.

To distinguish between uppercase and lowercase, select Match case.

To search the target text only, select Search target only.

To search using wildcards, select Use wildcards.

Enter the replacement text in the Replace with box.

Under Direction, select UP or Down to specify whether to search above or below your current position in the document.

Click Find Next to find your search text.

Click the Replace and Replace All buttons to replace your search text.

Click Cancel to close the dialog box.

[Edited at 2011-02-06 12:26 GMT]


Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Turn off 'Protect Document' Feb 6, 2011

You have to uncheck the 'Protect Document' option, or you can only replace one open segment at a time.

In TagEditor, click Tools -> Options -> the Protection tab.

In the lower half of the tab, make sure 'Protect Document' is NOT ticked.

You may need to uncheck 'Protect Perfect Matches' too: I am not sure.

Hope that helps!


Lukas Panek  Identity Verified
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Very handy information Mar 15, 2011

Thank you very much Christine, I couldn't have done my search & replace task without you.
And I did read through the manual pages under search&replace, I think the reason why replace buttons are greyed-out should be mentioned there.
Thank you


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