In Emacs, basic search tool (
I-Search) allows you to search after or before the location of your cursor.
To search for sometext after the location of your cursor (
search-forward) hit C-s
sometext. If you want to go to the next occurence of
sometext, just press C-s again (and so on for the next occurences). When cursor lands in the right location, press Enter to exit the search prompt.
To search before the location of your cursor (
search-backward), use C-r the same way you used before.
To switch from
search-forward, press 2 times C-s. And press 2 times C-r to
search backward when you're in
Search and replace:
M-% (or Esc-% )