How do I search with a Wildcard in OpenOffice? [Ctrl-F]

Recently I was asked about wildcard searches in OpenOffice – MS Office allows this through the use of Ctrl-F and using the asterisk sign to replace any values inbetween.

Eg. To find http://google.com,http://gmail.com, http://gdoc.com), in MS office is ctrl+f, then type in the words “http://g*.com”.

Wildcard searches in OpenOffice

For OpenOffice it is very similar.

To find http://google.com,http://gmail.com, http://gdoc.com), hit Ctrl+F, then type in the words “http://g.*.com”.

Not that instead of using just the asterisk, you now use a full-stop (aka period), and asterisk.

.*

This will find any number of wildcard characters between the letters that you have entered.

If you are searching for just one wildcard character, you use the full-stop (period) only.

Eg. Ctrl-F and enter in “o.en” will find open and oven, but not othen.

If you wish to find 2 wildcard characters, then use two full-stops (periods).

eg. Ctrl-F and enter in “en..y” will find entry and enjoy, but not enoy.

I hope this helps!

At a request from a reader, if you require further information on finding and replacing text, please see the Documentation links below:

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  1. Fine tutorial.Nice piece of work.Could have been more discriptive though.Thanks

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