Microsoft KB Archive/49463

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Search for “?” Alone Not Interpreted as Wildcard in WinWord PSS ID Number: Q49463 Article last modified on 07-14-1994

1.00 1.10 1.10a 2.00 2.00a 2.00a-CD 2.00b 2.00c


The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c


If you use a question mark (?) in the Search For field after choosing Search from the Edit menu, Microsoft Word for Windows does not return any single character as the “Microsoft Word for Windows User’s Reference” incorrectly states on page 311.

If the search does not find a ? in the document, Word for Windows returns the error message:

Search text not found

If the search pattern consists of only question marks, Word for Windows searches for literal question marks, as if you typed ^? in the Search For: field. Only if the text in the Search For field has other characters combined with the ? does Word for Windows treat the ? character as a wildcard character.

Additional reference words: 1.0 1.1 1.1a 1.00 1.10 1.10a 2.00 winword 2.00a 2.0 2.0a


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