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I regularly get this problem. The "Find in files" function of VisualStudio (2008!) stops working. Whatever I search for it always says "No files were found to look in. Find was stopped in progress". It is very annoying.

Since I have only found one other blog that mentions it and gives a solution (here - thank you!), I'm going to reproduce it.

Solution: press Control + Scroll Lock (yes, it doesn't make much sens but it works).

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Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 9:08 AM | Back to top


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let path you are looking for is
c:\temp then type in path section as c:\temp\; thats is i will start working
Left by Markandey on May 07, 2009 10:51 AM

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Solution: press Control + Scroll Lock (yes, it doesn't make much sens but it works).


It works!!!!!

Great Solution man
Left by Pras- on Aug 13, 2009 5:04 AM

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thank you very much...i was frustrated with this problem from past 1 week...tried every thing, but dint succeed
Left by Prashanth on Dec 08, 2009 1:15 AM

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hey thanks for the solution.. This was a really irritating problem.. i used to restart my system everytime to solve this problem
Left by ramya on Jan 06, 2010 11:41 PM

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Yeah...it did work!thanks
Left by Smitha on Jan 25, 2010 4:31 AM

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Hey thanks!!! it worked in my case as well..
Left by rakhi on Jun 17, 2010 7:10 AM

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Thank you sooo much!!!
Left by Florian Mücke on Jul 14, 2010 8:07 AM

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thanks a lot - works fine ;)
Left by gluoon on Aug 23, 2010 2:36 PM

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Amazing. It really works. Thank you very much!
Left by René G. on Oct 20, 2010 9:05 AM

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Great!!! Ctrl+Scroll Lock is working..
Thank you
Left by Nitin on Jan 18, 2011 2:26 AM

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fix still working in VS 2010!
Left by my name on Feb 25, 2011 8:11 PM

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Thank You! It really works! strange and amazing...
Left by Sebastian on Mar 02, 2011 3:36 PM

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Wow, it worked for me with Visual Studio 2008. Thank you very much.
Left by Carlos from Moldev on Apr 01, 2011 11:07 PM

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Worked for me, but now I find myself confirming searches with grepWin.
Left by Headboards on Apr 28, 2011 5:55 AM

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Yes..it worked !!!!!! Thank u so much...
Left by chitra on May 27, 2011 8:52 AM

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Thanks .. its working fine :P really nice approach :)
Left by uday on Sep 22, 2011 7:32 AM

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Control + Scroll Lock is works fine. Thanks...
Left by Ram on Oct 18, 2011 2:07 PM

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Thanks a Ton, ur solution works!!!
Left by Amita on Nov 24, 2011 10:48 AM

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Thanks. It worked...
Left by Ruchi on Jan 20, 2012 6:30 AM

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It worked! Thnaks a lot!
Left by Neha on Mar 06, 2012 6:50 AM

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it works for me too..
Left by dotnetlover on Mar 13, 2012 5:25 PM

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Solution: press Control + Scroll Lock (yes, it doesn't make much sens but it works).

Left by Tova on Jul 22, 2012 5:58 PM

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Thanks a lot .... Its works
Left by Manjula on May 11, 2015 8:06 AM

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Worked for me too, THANKS !
Left by Jack on May 05, 2016 8:55 PM

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