Global search and replace

This has got to be one of the coolest new features in Flash MX2004: Global Search and Replace. Go to Edit, and select “Find…” and you will be shown the new search and replace panel. You can search for virtually any type of asset in your entire FLA: Text (script and/or text content), Images, Sounds, Fonts, etc.

While it still seems a little buggy, and it’s a shame it has no undo capability, or the ability to search on an entire project, it sure will save me a lot of time. I don’t know how much of my short life I’ve wasted hunting in vain for the final occurence of a font in a FLA, trying to eliminate the extra 20kb added to the SWF because I’m using both bold Arial and Arial Bold.

Goodbye Movie Explorer!!

Grant Skinner

The "g" in gskinner. Also the "skinner".



  1. There’s an issue while trying to replace text with “Actionscript strings” option checked. If you use (as me) simple quoted strings in AS code, the replace won’t work !

    I also can’t find any way to replace “(.*)” by “$1″,”$2″,”$3” or “\1″,”\2″,”\3”, somedy knows how it works , or how it doesn’t works ??

  2. I can’t get the new search and replace to work in flash mx pro 7.2

    All it tells me is that the code is somewhere on a frame. Would it be too much to ask that it finds the string I am searching for and highlights it for me?

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