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Using wildcard characters

Wildcard characters are used in the File Filter Toolbar and Advanced Search

A wildcard character is a keyboard character such as an asterisk (*) or a question mark (?) that is used to represent one or more characters when you are searching for files and folders. Wildcard characters are often used in place of one or more characters when you do not know what the real character is or you do not want to enter the entire name.

Wildcard character Example Description
Asterisk (*) docum* Use the asterisk as a substitute for zero or more characters if you are looking for a file that you know what it starts with and you cannot remember the rest of the file name. The example locates all files of any file type that begin with "docum" including documents.txt, document_01.doc and documentum.doc.
docum*.doc To narrow the search to a specific type of file, include the file extension. The example locates all files that begin with "docum" and have the file name extension .doc, such as document_01.doc and documentum.doc.
Question mark (?) doc?.doc Use the question mark as a substitute for a single character in a file name. In the example, you will locate the file docs.doc or doc1.doc but not documents.doc.
Number sign (#) doc_###.doc Use the number sign (also known as the pound or hash sign) as a substitute for a single number in a name. In the example, you will locate the file doc_012.doc or doc_211.doc but not doc_ABS.doc.
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