How do I do a Find-and-Replace in multiple files in Eclipse?
Author: Deron Eriksson
Description: This tutorial describes doing a Find-and-Replace across multiple files in Eclipse.
Tutorial created using: Windows XP || JDK 1.5.0_09 || Eclipse Web Tools Platform 1.5.1

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In the Search view, you can select that files that you're interested in (I selected all of them by selecting the 'tomcat-demo' project), right-click, and go to Replace.

selecting all search results and selecting 'Replace'

This brings up a Replace window that lets you do either a 'replace' or 'skip' on all the references to your search term that were found.

Replace window

As you can see below, the replacement ability spans multiple files, which at times can be a very significant timesaver.

replacement works across multiple files

Personally, I would like to see a one-step Find and Replace, but given the complexities involved in searching multiple files in EclipseSW, I can understand making it a two-step process. This process is simple once you see it, but at least for me it wasn't very intuitive since normally Find-and-Replace is performed by a single step rather than two steps.

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