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How can I Search & Replace?

I am bringing our existing wiki into Notion. One problem I have is that there are some things I need to rename, and it is more than one or two instances. Quick Find shows all instances but I can't see a way to change them. This is a basic editing requirement and I can't believe it isn't there somewhere?

Any idea?

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polle Points40070

Keep in mind that you are not using Notion with a single document and the search works that way as expected, you can search hundred of pages and content, not a single one as a simple text editor does.

The search option in the sidebar is a global search and the top search is in page search, but as I said, in a single page you can have views of other 50 pages, so it makes no sense to replace that way.

Because of this, your best approach is to prepare your information before moving it into Notion pages.

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Lizat commented

Whilst this is possible at this point in the journey for me I can see that over time some key bit of information may need to change everywhere or in some Space.

Most wiki products have this in some form and working across pages.

For example, perhaps an app changes its name and this app is referred to in many places. So as a team tool it would be useful to have this, another one for the list of suggestions!

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polle commented

Yes, but the difference here is that you can have 100 different Wikis + other 200 pages + other 60 databases.

Notion is not for editing documents with search and replace. I hope that makes sense.

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badasstronaut commented

I'm shocked that Notion doesn't have the capacity, at least for a single page.

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steelejoe commented

When I am within a single Notion page and search -- I am not seeing results from other pages. I am not sure I understand why adding replace does not make sense. Is there at least an outstanding feature request for this?

I regularly search large codebases (1000s of files) and perform search and replace on dozens of files at a time. It definitely can be a dangerous operation, but limiting it to a single page seems feasible and would add a lot of value for large pages.

And as a sidenote -- I just switched from Evernote to Notion and Evernote definitely has this feature

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polle commented

Hey @steelejoe!

The problem is that Notion pages act as containers and you can show 100 pages inside a single page.

If you have a page with some content and also content from another 100 pages showing in that page, search and replace will be a problem instead of a solution. Makes sense?

It is like having multiple embedded documents inside a single one. That is the basic problem, that Notion pages are not single documents as you can have in text or code editors.

Time will tell and we may see a search and replace that only affects text blocks inside a single page in the future.

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suraniadi commented

LE. Didn't work anymore (tried Chrome extension)

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Lizat commented

I revisted to see if anyone had added anything useful. Sadly not.

Polle, whilst I understand what you are saying from the point of view of maintainability and usability not having a facility to do this seems very limiting. I am moving a large wiki from Dokuwiki to Notion and expected at least as good functionality. In this respect Dokuwiki wins, it has a facility for bulk replace, and you can use regular expressions; it lists every instance of finding the search criteria and then you can decide which to apply.

Granted to implement this might be tricky and will need to allow for searching a Page only, a Page & its sub pages, possibly exclude pages meeting some criteria but this would be a great addition to the Notion toolset.

I live in hope!

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