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I would find it useful to be able to search all of the tabs in the properties panel for the label text. So for example I could search "mist" and have the tab highlighted that include the word "mist" in the label text. Does this ability exist? Sounds crazy I know but I think it would help me become less frustrated finsing stuff.

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    $\begingroup$ Is this just a feature request (which would be off-topic) or are you asking how you would go about implementing this? $\endgroup$ Dec 30, 2018 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ I was really asking if there was a way of easily doing it already - and it seems the only was is using python directly. $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2019 at 11:28

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Some of the way there.

Here is a script that looks at all the panel classes in the 'PROPERTIES' ui area. Technically I've looked at all modules in bl_ui having a name beginning with "properties_". Conveniently each of these modules will have a classes list.

Alternateively could have looked for panel types in bpy.types and checked if the bl_space_type == 'PROPERTIES'

If the panel's label doesn't contain the word (lower case check) then it is unregistered

enter image description here Result of running search on "collections"

import bpy
from importlib import import_module

def search_mark(self, context):
    layout = self.layout
    layout.label(text="FOUND", icon='INFO')

search_str = "mist"

import bl_ui
pmods = [m for m in dir(bl_ui) if m.startswith("properties_")]
for pm in pmods:
    mod = import_module("bl_ui.%s" % pm) 
    for cls in mod.classes:
        if cls.__name__.find("_PT_") == -1:
            continue
        if getattr(cls, "bl_label", "").lower().find(search_str) > -1:
            cls.prepend(search_mark)
            print(cls.__name__, cls.bl_label)
        else:
            bpy.utils.unregister_class(cls)

the output searching for "mist"

EEVEE_WORLD_PT_mist Mist Pass

there is a mist pass panel, somewhere I have no idea where lol.

To UNDO this, type the following command into python console

bpy.ops.script.reload()

to reinstate all panels.

Result on searching for "vertex"

DATA_PT_gpencil_vertexpanel Vertex Groups
DATA_PT_vertex_groups Vertex Groups   
DATA_PT_vertex_colors Vertex Colors
PARTICLE_PT_vertexgroups Vertex Groups

for these could grab the lhs of name, eg 'DATA' and for a properties space, set the context tab via

space.context = 'DATA'

or via a py console example, will set one of the properties area's context to 'DATA'

>>> for a in C.screen.areas:
...     if a.type == 'PROPERTIES':
...         break
...         
>>> a.spaces.active.context = 'DATA'

Finally adding a panel with a search string input and a reload button would finish this off. Apart from hacking the icons, I'm not aware of any method to highlight the tabs.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much for this - I will give this a go. $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2019 at 11:27

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