# Why bother installing altsearch, when Regular Expressions don't work? [closed]

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If I sound facetious, I am. I can find and replace duplicated partagraph marks in Word 2000, but never in OpenOffice and never in Libre Office. The expression displayed, $^ does nothing, finds nothing. In Word 2000, I can find tab characters, paragraph characters, ect ect. Not in Libre Office. Text editing at this level is fundamental to managing text documents. How can a document program get this so wrong? edit retag reopen merge delete ### Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Alex Kemp close date 2016-03-02 22:19:17.357473 ## Comments 1 Note that the Alternative Find & Replace extension offers greater regular expression capability over that built-in to LO by default. There are numerous examples, on this forum, of answers indicating that the extension can provide solutions to problems that the regular expression engine in LO cannot. ( 2014-08-22 07:36:16 +0200 )edit ## 1 Answer Sort by » oldest newest most voted$^ does nothing, finds nothing.

there are propably two reasons,

1. youre not able to tick the [x]regular Expression-option ;-)
2. there are no empty paragraphs
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