find/replace cannot be used as a view. here are two ways to find text without obstructing the search:

  1. use incremental search (ctrl+j)
  2. use the quick search plugin (ctrl+shift+l)

pros and cons

both approaches behave differently from the traditional find/replace and may require some getting used to.

approach 1.

it works out of the box, no need to install a plugin, but it (currently) does not support pasting nor searching for the current selection (but there is ctrl+k for the latter). you can use up and down or repeat ctrl+j or ctrl+shift+j to jump between matches.

approach 2.

this still opens a dialog, but one which integrates the search results rather than obscuring them. i suggest resizing it to have a good preview size.

the default shortcut shadows the "show key assist" original, but this can be changed. it is an extra install and afaik only supports case sensitive searches, but it supports searching for the selection and pasting.

it shows matches across files, starting with the top open editor (if you have more than one visible, e.g. side by side, it sometimes does not start with the one you were last on). you can move between matches with up and down and hit enter to go back to the editor on the selected match.


i suppose on osx you can replace ctrl with cmd in keyboard shortcuts above to achieve the same, but i could not test it. the shortcuts can be customized in preferences->general->keys


eclipse's find / replace dialog is a dialog, not a view, so you can't drag and drop it to one of the view areas.

here's a eclipse search plugin that might work for you. scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to get the software update link.

worst case, you could write your own eclipse plug-in that creates a view that does a find / replace.

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