Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Finding Text and Elements Within the Current Document
• Use Wildcards Enables you to use wildcard characters in place of text to expand
and refine your searches. If you enter wildcard characters in the Find What box
without selecting the Use Wildcards option, Word will treat the those characters as
plain text. When the Use Wildcards check box is selected and you want to search
for a character that is also a wildcard, precede the character with a backslash (\). For
example, to search for an asterisk, you must enter \* . The wildcards you can use here
are: ?. *. @. < >, [ ], and [!].
• Sounds Like (English) Searches for terms that sound like the word or words
entered in the Find What box. For example, if you enter eight , and then select the
Sounds Like check box, Word will find all instances of eight as well as ate . This feature
works only with legitimate words—entering the number 8 and selecting the Sounds
Like check box won’t return eight , ate , or 8 , and entering u r won’t return you are .
• Find All Word Forms (English) Searches for all forms of the word entered in the
Find What box. For example, if you enter speak , Word will find speak , speaking , spoke ,
spoken , speaks , and so forth.
• Match Prefix Searches for all words that begin with the text entered in the Find
What box. For example, if you enter ed and select the Match Prefix check box, Word
will find and select the prefix ed in words, such as educate, edition, and editing.
• Match suffix Searches for all words that end with the text entered in the Find
What box. For example, if you enter ed and select the Match Suffix check box, Word
will find and select the suffix ed in words, such as mentioned, moved, named, and
Word does not find words that match both the prefix and suffix to text in the Find
What box when you use the check box options. For example, if you enter ed in the
Find What box and select both the Match prefix and Match suffix check boxes, Word
does not find words such as educated or edited. To conduct a search that specifies both
the prefix and suffix of the words included in your search results, you would need to
use wildcards, such as <(ed)*(ed)>, as described in Table 8-2.
• Ignore Punctuation Characters Searches for matching text regardless of
punctuation. Keep in mind that this option ignores added punctuation shown in the text, not
punctuation included in the Find What box.
• Ignore White-Space Characters Searches for matching text regardless of the
number of spaces between search string letters or words.