I currently use Edit-> browse parts to find parts. I leave that tab open.
Is there another faster way to engage a find function and just type in the part reference?
So your env file is ONLY for PCB editor, this has nothing to do with OrCAD Capture, The Find command is different in 17.2 v 17.4.. By default select the design name in the project window and this will become active
You can type your refdes in this window and hit return. The Binoculars and arrow can help with what you are searching for. If you don;t like this go to Options - Preferences - Miscellaneous tab and uncheck Find Search Toolbar then use Edit - Find and you'll see a window like this
It is working the way you described! Thanks!!!