Wildcard and special characters

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Wildcard and special characters

Special characters are symbols that can represent a range of possible results. The following table shows a list of these and their meanings.

Special character



Matches any single character


Matches any single digit


Matches any number of characters


Adds fuzziness to the search (see Fuzzy search requests)


Applies phonetic searching to particular words (see Phonetic searches)


Applies stemming rules to particular words (see Stemming rules)

Note: Using special characters may increase the time required for search results to display.

Using multiple or leading special characters can cause very slow results.

The following table shows three examples of how to use special characters.

To find all documents containing…

Type this:

The words "apple" and "application"


The words "apple" or "apply"


Either or