Regex for Visual Studio Find and Replace reference

johnWeeGo.jpgIt is amazing how powerful and productive find and replace can be if you know the tricks of Regex in VS2005. Here are the main set:

Expression Syntax Description

Any character

.

Matches any single character except a line break.

Zero or more

*

Matches zero or more occurrences of the preceding expression, making all possible matches.

One or more

+

Matches at least one occurrence of the preceding expression.

Beginning of line

^

Anchors the match string to the beginning of a line.

End of line

$

Anchors the match string to the end of a line.

Beginning of word

<

Matches only when a word begins at this point in the text.

End of word

>

Matches only when a word ends at this point in the text.

Line break

\n

Matches a platform-independent line break. In a Replace expression, inserts a line break.

Any one character in the set

[]

Matches any one of the characters within the []. To specify a range of characters, list the starting and ending character separated by a dash (-), as in [a-z].

Any one character not in the set

[^…]

Matches any character not in the set of characters following the ^.

Or

|

Matches either the expression before or the one after the OR symbol (|). Mostly used within a group. For example, (sponge|mud) bath matches “sponge bath” and “mud bath.”

Escape

\

Matches the character that follows the backslash (\) as a literal. This allows you to find the characters used in regular expression notation, such as { and ^. For example, \^ Searches for the ^ character.

Tagged expression

{}

Matches text tagged with the enclosed expression.

C/C++ Identifier

:i

Matches the expression ([a-zA-Z_$][a-zA-Z0-9_$]*).

Quoted string

:q

Matches the expression ((“[^”]*”)|(‘[^’]*’)).

Space or Tab

:b

Matches either space or tab characters.

Integer

:z

Matches the expression ([0-9]+).

 

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