How to programmatically show new Search Overlay Pane

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Posted 5 years ago by Bill L
Version: 19.1.0681


How do you programmatically show the new Search Overly Pane when a View is first created?

Best regards,


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Posted 5 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA

Hi Bill,

Our code for the Ctrl+F "find" edit action is basically:

// Update the find text

// If the editor is in multi-line mode...
if (view.SyntaxEditor.IsMultiLine) {
	// Ensure the search pane is open and active
	var searchPane = view.OverlayPanes[OverlayPaneKeys.Search] as SearchOverlayPane;
	if (searchPane != null) {
		searchPane.IsReplaceVisible = false;
		searchPane.SearchOptions = view.SyntaxEditor.SearchOptions;
		searchPane = view.OverlayPanes.AddSearch(false) as SearchOverlayPane;

	// Activate the pane
	if (searchPane != null)

You should be able to use similar code for your needs.  But note that the Activate method call is to focus the "find what" TextBox.  You could leave that out if you are just wanting to show it but not focus it.

We will add this code listing to the documentation as well.

You also could execute our built-in edit action commands like EditorCommands.Find to do the same thing.

Actipro Software Support

The latest build of this product (v24.1.2) was released 2 months ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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