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Wild Cards

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks
 
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When doing a search you can use an asterisk (*) in place of letters or numbers. This is called a “wild card” and it really comes in handy.

Let’s say you’re looking for a file that starts with “ran” but aren’t sure what the rest of the name is. Just type in…

ran*

All files of any type that begin with “ran” will be found such as “randy.doc” or “rand-mcnally.exe”.

Let’s say you know that your file is a Word doc. Then type in “ran*.doc”.

What if you’re just not sure of the single character in a file name? Then use a Question Mark wild card…

ran?.doc

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You could end up with “rant.doc”, “rank.doc” or “ran1.doc” but not “randy.doc”

This not only works with Search/Find in Windows, but on many Internet search engines as well.

~ Dav*

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