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I recently switched to ido-mode in emacs.

When I run C-x C-f (ido-find-file) pressing M-r to do a regex search in the recently used files doesn't work any more.

Is there a way to enable this regex search for recently used files in ido-mode, too?

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Pressing one more C-f (i.e., C-xC-fC-f in total) will take you back to the stock find-file prompt.

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When you press C-x C-f again on the ido-find-file promt (C-x C-f C-x C-f) it should switch to the regular find-file promt and M-r works again.
This also helps with ido-mode interfering when you try to visit new files with names similar to existing ones.

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