Scrivener document keyword search crashes my Scrivener program every time

In every Scrivener document, when I try to do a word search (upper right hand corner of Windows version) I get the error message “not responding” in the top bar of Scrivener and then all my open Scrivener document windows crash. In other words, I am unable to do a keyword search for anything inside of my documents.

My computer is up to date, top of the line and I don’t have this problem with any other programs.

Is there a way to fix this? I’ve written a lot of stories that in many documents and I can’t look for exact phrases or character names, etc.

Have you made sure you’re running Scrivener in compatibility mode? Some of the recent Windows updates caused Scrivener to crash under routine operations on my computer, and running in compatibility mode with Windows 7 cleared everything up. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Scrivener, right click on the Scrivener.exe file, and select Properties. Then click on the Compatibility tab, check the box that says “Run this program in compabitiliby mode for:” and choose Windows 7 from the dropdown menu.

Hope that helps!