I have the new "forwards/backwards" directional option in ID 2014's Find/Replace dialog box, which seems like a great addition, but I haven't been able to get a single thing to be "found." I don't have any formatting variables selected (paragraph styles, etc), and no matter what I search for, this is the result I get "Cannot find match."
Open the same document (after saving it down to the old format) in the previous version of InDesign, and it will find/replace without issue.
Hmm, is this not happenning because you have selected "Story" next to "Search:"? If you have this selected I think it will only search the frame you have selected. If this is the case, try selection "Document" instead?
was this helpful? what did you conclude? I am interested