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How can I search for a word with an accented character in Libre Writer?

asked 2017-03-24 19:58:11 +0200

djwebblibre gravatar image

updated 2017-03-24 20:04:08 +0200

I'm using Ubuntu. In the Libre Writer search box, accented characters wipe out everything that goes before. If you type québec, you get qu, and then the é wipes out the qu, and you end up with ébec. The only way to type a word with an accented character appears to be to write it in Notepad and copy and paste it into the search box. This is a rather foolish blunder by Libre Office!

*The reason is that the AltGr key used to compose é and other accented characters highlights everything in the search box, so when you press AltGr and é, you find first that everything in the box has been highlighted and then that é has replaced everything in the box. One solution: don't use Linux. Or don't use foreign characters. But seriously...

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Which LO version? Which OS locale?

I tried it with various keyboard layouts and can't reproduce problem (under Fedora). Not an issue with fr layout because é and è are accessed without AltGr. Maybe check variants and options in keyboard config.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2017-03-25 08:17:32 +0200 )edit

although not as troublesome as your issue, it would be nice to be able to search for bold ,(double)underlined, italicized characters, & various wingdings & symbol characters in addition to match case.

kengr gravatar imagekengr ( 2017-03-25 16:27:35 +0200 )edit

If you are using English or American keyboards, they need to be defined with extended keys to allow the Alt-Gr to function.

The find and replace function gives the ability to search for bold, italic, underline etc. It is well worth exploring.

petermau gravatar imagepetermau ( 2017-03-25 18:01:37 +0200 )edit

Which Ubuntu release ? And how did you get LO ? Preinstalled in the system and/or through the package management (I know Ubuntu ships LO, although oldish versions) without doing anything to the repos ?

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2017-03-25 18:20:17 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-03-26 19:56:28 +0200

JohnHa gravatar image

updated 2017-03-26 19:57:09 +0200

Use a Regular Expression search with the Find field being accented characters in the words you are looking for

1 Edit > Find and Replace. Tick More Options. Tick Regular expressions.

2 Copy the accented characters into the Find box as é|à|è|ê ..., etc, where the " | " means OR as in "é OR à OR è OR ê"

3 Click Find repeatedly (or click Find All)

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