AltSearch for OOo Writer functionality trumps first impressions
Alternative Find and Replace for Writer (AltSearch) has the ambitious goal of replacing and enhancing one of the most basic pieces of OpenOffice.org functionality. It's undermined by a chaotic interface, but if you have the patience to continue past first impressions, you will find AltSearch comes far closer to fulfilling its promise than you might initially imagine
To use AltSearch, download the file AltSearch.oxt from the OOo Extensions site and add it to your copy of OpenOffice.org via Tools -> Extension Manager. The next time you restart OpenOffice.org, an icon of green binoculars is added to the tool bar, and a menu item is added to Tools -> Add-Ons. Contrary to what you might expect from the description on the download page, the original Find and Replace Dialog is still available from the Edit menu.
A comparison of the original dialog with AltSearch takes patience, because the two are differently organized.