On 5/6/05, Erik Heerlein <erik at erikheerlein.com> wrote: > I can match line 1 and line 30 separately but I don't know how to match > the stuff in between without being greedy and matching the whole file. > I'd like to say, "Find a block of text where the first line is the > date, followed by some text I don't care about and the last line is the > Subtotal with the price that I do care about. Or to put it another way: Syntax (and support) depends mostly on which tool you're using to do the regex, but generally speaking simply appending a question mark after your wildcard will make it non-greedy. So you probably want something like this: Date: May 5, 2005.*?Subtotal[ ]+= \$([0-9]+\.00) The "*?" should match the smallest possible number of occurences to make the regex work.