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The wildcard characters that you can use in search terms and the ways in which you can use them differ depending on the active search facility.

Wildcards with the metadata query engine

While the metadata query engine is active, you can use two wildcard characters:

  • The question mark (?), which represents a single character
  • The asterisk (*), which represents any number of consecutive printable characters, including none

With the metadata query engine, wildcard characters are valid at the end of a search term or within a search term. Wildcards are not valid at the beginning of a search term. That is, you cannot search for values that end with the text you specify. For example, the search terms in the first line below are valid; the one in the second line is not.

Valid: 201? Valid: S*day
Invalid: *day

You can use multiple wildcards in a search term. Two asterisks next to each other are treated as a single asterisk. Asterisks with characters between them are treated as separate wildcards. For example, the search term below matches the path /Conflicts.txt:


Similarly, in an all query, the search term below matches any path with at least two directories preceding the object in the path:


Two question marks next to each other are treated as separate wild cards. For example, the search term below does not match the path /Conflicts.txt:


The question mark and asterisk characters do not function as wildcards when specified within double quotation marks (") or in an exact query.

Wildcards between text that the metadata query engine considers to be separate search terms are not valid. For example, the search string below does not match the path test1.txt because the wildcard is between an alphabetic character and a numeric character: