|You can use wildcards when entering search terms in any type of search.
You can use wildcards when entering search terms in any type of search.
Use the asterisk (*) wildcard to represent any string of characters. An asterisk must be used with at least five characters. An asterisk (*) can be used as the first character in a query in the following search fields only:
- To, cc, bcc
- Attachment name
Use the question mark (?) wildcard to represent any one character.
Table 1. Examples of the asterisk (*) wildcard
Table 2. Examples of the question mark (?) wildcard
|contrac*||Finds any term that begins with contrac, for example:|
|*renovations.com||Finds any term that ends with renovations.com, for example:|
|*43931||Finds any term that contains the sequence 43931, for example:|
Parent topic: Searching the archive
Syntax for searching reserved characters
Entering search queries in Simple searches
Entering search queries in Wizard searches
Entering search queries in Advanced searches
|"???? ???? ???? ????"||Finds any term that contains four sets of characters with four characters in each set and with a single space between sets, for example: |
4417 1234 5678 9012
This query is commonly used to search for credit card numbers.
|"???\-??\-????"||Finds any term that contains a set of three characters, followed by a hyphen, followed by two characters, followed by a hyphen, followed by three characters, for example:|
This query is commonly used to search for social security numbers.
Note: The hyphen (-) is a reserved character, so it is preceded by a backslash (\).
|?inks||Finds any term that begins with any single character followed by the string inks, for example: |
|"well gra?e?""||Finds any phrase that begins with the term well followed by a space, followed by the string gra, followed by any character, followed by the character e followed by any character. For example: |
The quotation marks (") indicate a search phrase.