A “wildcard” is a character (or a short string of characters) that represents multiple characters in a search.
Click the Find list arrow.
Select Advanced Find.
Click the More button.
Click the Use wildcards check box.
If you're familiar with wildcards, you can type them out as part of the search phrase. You can also insert them from a menu.
(Optional) Click the Special menu to select a wildcard.
The wildcard syntax is shown at the top of the list. The syntax can get tricky, and wildcards can be tough to understand without examples. The table on the next page should help explain some common examples.
Enter a search phrase in the Find what text field.
Click Find Next.
The search is conducted. Make sure to be careful if you're using wildcard searches to find and replace text. Keep an eye on the results in case something unexpected is found.
Some common wildcards are shown in the following table.
Any single character
h?t will find hat, hot, and h t
Any number of characters
a*d will find ad, ahead, and as compared
One of these characters
t[ai]n will find tan and tin, but not ton
[ - ]
One of these characters in a range
[b-d]ot will find bot, cot, and dot
Not the specific characters
[!d]ust will find rust and must, but not dust
The beginning of a word
<(some) will find something, someone, and somewhere