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Glossary

Match, occurrence. A piece of text found with Aba. When you search for a phrase, the program finds several occurrences of the phrase in your files. The matches are shown in the results pane.

Regular expression. A pattern for text matching. See What is a regular expression.

Metacharacter.An element of your regular expression. Metacharacters include such symbols as [ ] $ ^ etc.

Search pattern, phrase. The text that you want to search for. The search pattern can be one word, a phrase, or a regular expression. It can span several lines, include letters, numbers, and special characters.

File mask. The filename specification that can include special symbols (wildcards): * for any number of characters, ? for any character.