What is search-and-replace? - Definition from WhatIs.com



Part of the Software applications glossary:

Search-and-replace is a capability that allows a computer user to find a given sequence of character s in one or more text file s and, if desired, replace the sequence with another sequence of characters. A global search-and-replace means that the replace is to take effect in all files within the context of the search.

In UNIX and some other operating systems, a grep command or utility can be used to do search-and-replace. In Windows operating systems, a popular product that provides a graphical user interface is called Search and Replace for Windows 95/NT.

This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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