Types of search items

In addition to text, you can search for any of the following items in a selection, in a document, or throughout an entire book. You can also search in a map from the Resource Manager view.

Text formats and tags

Character format properties, or specific paragraph or character tags. In structured FrameMaker, Element appears right after text, so you can search for element tag, attribute name, attribute value, or simultaneously for all three.

a)Copy the text with the character format you want to find. FrameMaker uses only the first 126 characters copied into the clipboard.

b)Select Edit > Find/Change. In the Find/Change dialog box, choose Text & Character Formats In Clipboard from the Find pop-up menu. Don’t type the text you want to find in the Find box.

c)Click Find.

To prevent FrameMaker from applying a property to found text, set the property to As Is.

tip:   After making changes in the Change To Character Format dialog box, you can reset the dialog box to match the format of the current text by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F9.


FrameMaker uses markers for cross-references, indexes, and other purposes. It can find any type of marker or just the marker type you specify. When text symbols are visible, a symbol Marker.png indicates a marker.

FrameMaker can also find markers with specific marker text.

You can’t change marker text by using the Find/Change dialog box. If FrameMaker finds the marker text you specify, and if you type different text in the Change box and click Change, FrameMaker replaces the marker—not the marker text—with the text in the Change box. To change marker text, use the Special > Marker command.

a)In the Find/Change dialog box:

To find any marker in the document, choose Any Marker from the Find pop-up menu, and leave the Find box blank.

To find a specific type of marker, choose Marker Of Type from the Find pop-up menu, and enter the marker type in the Find box.

To find a marker with specific text, choose Marker Text from the Find pop-up menu, and enter the marker text in the Find box.

b)Click Find. If the Marker dialog box is open (Special > Marker), the marker text for the found marker appears in the dialog.

important:   If you want to replace the text in a found marker, use the Marker dialog box to edit the marker text. If you use the Find/Change dialog box, you’ll replace the marker rather than the marker text.


Any cross-references, regardless of their formats, cross-references that use a specific format, or unresolved cross-references—cross-references that FrameMaker is unable to update. When an unresolved cross-reference is found, the marker text of the cross-reference appears in the Find box.

Text insets

Any text imported by reference. You can also search for unresolved text insets—insets that cannot be updated from their sources. However, you can’t search for graphics subscribers or OLE linked objects. (To list OLE links, choose Edit > Links.)


Any variables, regardless of their variable names, or specific variables.


Any rubi text, when Japanese fonts are installed on your system.

Anchored frames

Frame that contains graphics and helps you locate them. Graphics placed in non-anchored frames are not found.


Any text or table footnotes.


Any tables regardless of their table format tags, or tables with a specific tag.

Conditional text

Any conditional text, regardless of its condition tags, text with specific condition tags, or unconditional text. FrameMaker cannot find conditional table rows or hidden conditional text.

You can search for visible text that has specific condition tags. When FrameMaker finds visible conditional text, it selects all adjacent text that uses these condition tags.

FrameMaker cannot find conditional table rows.

a)Make sure that the text with the condition tags you want to find is visible.

b)In the Find/Change dialog box, choose Conditional Text from the Find pop-up menu.

c)Do the following:

To find text with a particular condition tag, move the condition tag to the In list.

To find text that doesn’t have a particular condition tag, move the tag to the Not In scroll list.

If you don’t care whether found text has a particular tag, move the tag to the As Is scroll list.

To find all conditional text, move all tags to the As Is scroll list.

To find unconditional text, select Unconditional.

note:   To move a condition tag between scroll lists, select the tag and click an arrow, or double-click the tag. To move all tags from one scroll list to another, select a tag in the list and Shift-click an arrow.

d)Click Set, and then click Find.

Automatic hyphen

Words that are hyphenated automatically.

Text and character format on the clipboard

Text that matches the clipboard text, capitalization, and character formatting.

September 30, 2016

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