Smarter Search Results in NetBeans IDE 7.2

After you search your code using NetBeans IDE (using Ctrl-F for "Find" or Ctrl-H for "Replace"), you see the Search Results window, which looks like this:

At least, the above is how it looks in NetBeans IDE 7.2. Before that, you didn't have all those extra columns (which can be displayed in the Search Results window after clicking the small button top right in the view) and you also didn't have the quick search (which is invoked by typing directly into the Search Results window), as can be seen here:

So, the Search Results window now provides a lot more info than before. Being able to know the path to a file I've found, as well as the last modification date, file size, and the number of matches within the file, is useful at the end of a search process.

In the NetBeans IDE 7.2 New & Noteworthy, the above changes are described in the Utilities section, as well as in the Quick Search in OutlineView section, where you can read that these are generic solutions that can be used in your own OutlineViews. Other OutlineViews in NetBeans IDE 7.2, such as the Debugger window, now also have these new features.

A related article worth reading is Beefed Up Code Navigation Tools in NetBeans IDE 7.2

Comments:

Nice i love this features.

Posted by Vidhyadharan on June 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM PDT #

I miss the old look where I could see number of matches and path immediately after file name.
The new look is much wider and (as I don't have 30 inch screen) I cannot see whole path. When I widen the "Path" column, it needlessly narrows file contents. :(
Is there any way (extension?) to get the old, more compact look?

This the only thing that's annoying me in Netbeans 7.2.

Posted by guest on September 04, 2012 at 06:06 AM PDT #

I also cannot come at piece with this new arrangement. I find the old one more clean and concise. Anyway, glad I came up on this, it's the only place that I find a mention of this change that seems to me quite disruptive and I'm really curious of the rationale behind it. I sure hope it's not just feature bloat, although it kind of looks like. I know they changed some things in the search functionality itsef, but the UI changes, I don't find them that good.

All this being said, I'm off to Netbeans forums to properly complain.

Posted by rcc on October 29, 2012 at 08:33 AM PDT #

Hm. Don't really understand the problem. You can remove any of the columns, are you aware of that?

Posted by Geertjan on October 29, 2012 at 08:48 AM PDT #

Plus, if you don't like the order, just move the columns...

Posted by Geertjan on October 29, 2012 at 08:56 AM PDT #

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