I see — the discussion seems to have gotten a bit confused around eight years 
ago, but the discussion around three years ago hits the nail on the head.  It 
should work this way in "replace all", and not in simple find or find-replace.  
I am not a member of the Lyx team, obviously, so not part of that discussion — 
but could you or someone revive the discussion on my behalf (as I see someone 
did for some other user)?


> On Aug 6, 2017, at 8:02 PM, Paul A. Rubin <parubi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 08/06/2017 06:52 PM, David Pesetsky wrote:
>> I just learned the (very) hard way that Lyx, unlike standard word processors 
>> and other text-manipulating software that I've used, does not limit the 
>> effect of "replace all" to selected text (when something has been selected).
>> Am I unaware of some switch that can change this behavior, perhaps — or is 
>> there really no way to to select some text and "replace all" limited to 
>> what's been selected?  It's a feature I use constantly in other applications 
>> that's become second-nature  ...
>> -David
> There's a feature request on file for this: 
> http://www.lyx.org/trac/ticket/2548. Looks as if the ticket hasn't been 
> updated in two years or so.
> Paul


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