redtopia wrote:I often get into a state where Find isn't finding results that I know exist in the file.
One possible explanation: if you have a file open, then Sublime will search the file that's in memory rather than the file on disk. So if you've modified a file outside of Sublime Text, then do a Find in Files, it might miss something that you've added. The solution, as you said, is to activate the file in question, which will cause ST to reload its contents and make the search work.
Alternatively, if you've got a project, you could do a Close All, because if no files are open then ST will just search the disk contents. This second workaround may be less desirable, however, because it wipes your undo history.