Is there a way to cancel a word search in Mathematica initiated via the Find and Replace menu?

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    $\begingroup$ Kill the front end is one way. You'll lose all unsaved work, though. $\endgroup$ – Michael E2 Mar 7 '19 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ On macOS, while the Find dialog is running, hitting the esc key closes the dialog which stops the search. Does that work for you? $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Mar 7 '19 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ I'm running Mathematica on 64-bit Windows 10 and unfortunately the esc key doesn't work for me. It can take several minutes to search a large file, and its frustrating to wait for a search to complete when I realize the search term is incorrect. I know how to gracefully abort an evaluation from the keyboard, and it seems to me there should be a way to gracefully abort a search from the keyboard (without killing the application and losing your work). $\endgroup$ – Steven Clark Mar 7 '19 at 22:15
  • $\begingroup$ How large are your files / slow is your computer that it can take several minutes? That's worrisome. $\endgroup$ – ktm Mar 8 '19 at 4:58
  • $\begingroup$ @user6014 My PC has an i5-4590 CPU with 8 GB RAM and a WD 1 TB hard drive. I have about 100 workbooks. The largest is about 167 MB and there are several workbooks around 100 MB in size. I tend to spend most of my time in the larger workbooks which probably explains why they're so large. $\endgroup$ – Steven Clark Mar 8 '19 at 15:42

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