Searching the next match with gedit makes me crazy.

  1. I press Ctrl+F
  2. The search input box opens
  3. I enter foo
  4. There is a match for foo. Nice
  5. Up to now everything is sane
  6. I want to search the next match (with keyboard, not mouse): How?

For me Enter or ctrl+F (again) would be intuitive.

But both don't work...

Am I the only one being confused here?

Version: Gedit 3.10.4 (default of Ubuntu 14.04)



According to this then up/down arrows work, as do Ctrl-G and Ctrl-Shift-G.

I agree, it's not all that intuitive if you're used to more powerful editors - I look at gedit as being equivalent to notepad. Useful in an emergency, but not for Real Work[tm] :)

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  • I'd add that Ctrl-G & Ctrl-Shift-G are usually the next and previous match respectively in a lot of application. It is somewhat of a default shortcut now. (just like Ctrl+Tab is for switching tabs in apps, and Ctrl+F is for Find). Also Ctrl+G are better than the up/down arrows as the later won't work if you change focus from the search box to the actual content of the file. – Dan Sep 25 '15 at 9:23

When you open the search bar in gedit and enter text, this will look like in the example screenshot below.

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All occurrences of the search pattern is are highlighted in the text.
Additionally, one occurrence is selected. You can jump with this selection between the occurrences using either the mouse to click on the / buttons of the search bar, or also by using the / cursor arrow keys of your keyboard.

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    Thank you for the explanation. May I ask you a question? Do you think the current behaviour is good usability? BTW, I want a mouse-less solution. – guettli Sep 25 '15 at 9:37
  • I used to work with editors that jump to the next search result with F3 or SHIFT+F3. It's just a matter of habituation which one you prefer, I think. There are shortcuts, that's the most important thing. Which one exactly is not that relevant. But that's only an opinion, of course. - Btw. don't forget to accept an answer. – Byte Commander Sep 25 '15 at 9:53

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