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How to Do Basic Wildcard Searches in Word 2007

Using wildcards, you can find words in your Word 2007 documents that you know only a part of, or a group of words with similar letters. The trick is to use two basic wildcard characters, ? and *, where ? represents any single letter, and * represents a group of letters.

Search using the ? character in Word 2007

  1. Summon the Find and Replace dialog box.

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    Press Ctrl+F. If necessary, click the More button to display the Search Options area.

  2. Select the Use Wildcards option.

  3. In the Find What box, type text containing the question mark (?) wildcard.

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    For example, if you type ?up, then Word searches for three-letter words in your document that start with any old letter but must end with “up,” such as cup and pup.

Search using the * character in Word 2007

  1. Summon the Find and Replace dialog box.

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    Press Ctrl+F. If necessary, click the More button to display the Search Options area.

  2. Select the Use Wildcards option.

  3. In the Find What box, type text containing the asterisk (*) wildcard.

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    The asterisk finds a group of characters. For example, if you type w*s, then Word locates any word starting with w and ending with s, such as words and welcomes.

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