FindReplaceOptions.Direction property

Selects direction for replace. Default value is Forward.

public FindReplaceDirection Direction { get; set; }


Shows how to determine which direction a find-and-replace operation traverses the document in.

public void Direction(FindReplaceDirection findReplaceDirection)
    Document doc = new Document();
    DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);

    // Insert three runs which we can search for using a regex pattern.
    // Place one of those runs inside a text box.
    builder.Writeln("Match 1.");
    builder.Writeln("Match 2.");
    builder.Writeln("Match 3.");
    builder.Writeln("Match 4.");

    // We can use a "FindReplaceOptions" object to modify the find-and-replace process.
    FindReplaceOptions options = new FindReplaceOptions();

    // Assign a custom callback to the "ReplacingCallback" property.
    TextReplacementRecorder callback = new TextReplacementRecorder();
    options.ReplacingCallback = callback;

    // Set the "Direction" property to "FindReplaceDirection.Backward" to get the find-and-replace
    // operation to start from the end of the range, and traverse back to the beginning.
    // Set the "Direction" property to "FindReplaceDirection.Backward" to get the find-and-replace
    // operation to start from the beginning of the range, and traverse to the end.
    options.Direction = findReplaceDirection;

    doc.Range.Replace(new Regex(@"Match \d*"), "Replacement", options);

    Assert.AreEqual("Replacement.\r" +
                    "Replacement.\r" +
                    "Replacement.\r" +
                    "Replacement.", doc.GetText().Trim());

    switch (findReplaceDirection)
        case FindReplaceDirection.Forward:
            Assert.AreEqual(new[] { "Match 1", "Match 2", "Match 3", "Match 4" }, callback.Matches);
        case FindReplaceDirection.Backward:
            Assert.AreEqual(new[] { "Match 4", "Match 3", "Match 2", "Match 1" }, callback.Matches);

/// <summary>
/// Records all matches that occur during a find-and-replace operation in the order that they take place.
/// </summary>
private class TextReplacementRecorder : IReplacingCallback
    ReplaceAction IReplacingCallback.Replacing(ReplacingArgs e)
        return ReplaceAction.Replace;

    public List<string> Matches { get; } = new List<string>();

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