Wildcard search is a search for a string of text using a pattern in which some of the characters in the string are replaced with special characters representing zero, one or more arbitrary characters.

This online Wildcard search app allows you to search using the following wildcards:

A wildcard search example is the query "?in*", for which the application will find the following words in documents:

In this application, wildcards denote part of only one word. If you need to find a phrase consisting of several words, all words from a query in a file, or any word from a query in a file, then you must select the appropriate option under the query text box. In this case, each word of the query may contain wildcards, and the words are separated from each other by spaces.

The GroupDocs.Search full-text search engine, on which this application is based, allows you to specify wildcards in the query to search for strings of length from N to M, where N and M belong to the range from 0 to 255. This library also allows you to set the range of distances between words when searching phrases.

How to search with wildcards in document

How to search with wildcards in document

  • Click inside the file drop area to upload a file or drag & drop a file.
  • Once upload completes, you will be able to perform search in your file.
  • Enter your search query consisting of one or more words separated by spaces, including wildcards if necessary.
  • Select search type: phrase, all words, any word.
  • Get results by clicking the "Search" button.
  • Add more files with "Add files" button.
  • Select added files to include them into the index and perform searches.

File formats supported by Wildcard search app

You can perform wildcard search in many file formats. Please see the full list below.

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