Search and replace function / regex help


i need a little push in the right direction. I tried to replace some text insinde a html text but i cant’ make a match as soon as i include html tags.

Here is a little example:

<a class="dropdown-item" href="schulleben.html">2022 / 23</a>

To replace the link i tried to use search and replace with this search term:


Unfortunately this gives zero results. But when i remove the bracket, it will show all references. What am i doing wrong here?

tested and confirmed.
I suspect that the search in find and replace can only search for text and attributes without any tags. Maybe it’s just for make sure user not deleting some tags accidently when the do find & replace.