It never used to be like this.
edit>search or you could use edit>remove dead itemsQuoteIt never used to be like this.perhaps you were using an autoplaylist previously? these automatically update as folders/files change in your monitored library.
Goodiesguy, Did you try Edit>Search like marc2003 suggested? Just look at the title of the search screen "Playlist Search" It searches in the Active Playlist.
Try foo_quicksearch. It can search into the current playlist or all playlists.
Edit -> Search, or pressing F3 by default, as mentioned previously, will only search within the playlist which is currently visible, unless you are using some strange playlist viewer which is capable of displaying a playlist without activating it. In which case, Edit -> Search will search whichever playlist the core thinks is active, rather than whatever third party playlist viewer you have is displaying.
I used to be able to search my playist from the search thing, with the little window only, without the main playlist moving at all.