Using Wildcards in Text Searches
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Wildcards or placeholders can be used to search for some unspecified or even invisible characters.
You can use wildcards when you find and replace text in a document. For example, "s.n" finds "sun" and "son".
- Choose Edit - Find & Replace.
- Click More Options to expand the dialog.
- Select the Regular expressions check box.
- In the Search for box, type the search term and the wildcard(s) that you want to use in your search.
- Click Find or Find All.
Regular Expression Examples
- The wildcard for a single character is a period (.).
- The wildcard for zero or more occurrences of the previous character is an asterisk. For example: "123*" finds "12" "123", and "1233".
- The wildcard combination to search for zero or more occurrences of any character is a period and asterisk (.*).
- The wildcard for the end of a paragraph is a dollar sign ($). The wildcard character combination for the start of a paragraph is a caret and a period (^.).
- The wildcard for a tab character is \t.
|A search using a regular expression will work only within one paragraph. To search using a regular expression in more than one paragraph, do a separate search in each paragraph.|