[TxMt] find with "match entire word"

Sven Axelsson sven.axelsson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 16:49:22 UTC 2007

You probably want to use \bx\b which will only match at word boundarys.

Sven Axelsson

On 18/07/07, Craig Schmidt <craig at craigschmidt.com> wrote:
> Hi There,
> This seems like a FAQ, but I haven't been able to find the answer
> after some looking. Textmate doesn't have a "match entire word" check
> box in the find dialog, like most text editors.  Presumably, we're
> supposed to use regular expressions to achieve the same effect.  Most
> times, the word is a variable name.  So for my variable x in C++, I
> want to find all uses including:
> x[i]
> x->foo
> x.bar
> I've been trying to bracket the variable with the "non word
> character", so I search for the regular expression \Wx\W
> This excludes xbar, and foox. However, this isn't quite the same as
> matching just the word, as the find dialog also selects the previous
> and next character, matching the \W. I can't use it in a replace, for
> example.  Is there some cleaner way of doing this?
> Thanks,
> Craig Schmidt

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