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SharePoint Tip: Searching your site using wildcards and exact phrases

Using wildcard characters

When searching your site, use a wildcard character (*) to expand your search:
For example, in the search box, type inter*

SharePoint searching wildcard

This will find intermediate, interstate, interest, interview, international, intervene, or any word that starts with "inter" in the title, or body of an entry.

Searching exact phrases

If you're searching for an exact phrase, surround it in quote marks. If you don't use the quote marks, it will look for all words, but not necessarily when they are together in a phrase.

SharePoint searching match phrase quotation marks

Please note that the full capability to search may not be fully implemented on your company's SharePoint site, however, results should display across all libraries, lists and pages within the site.

This tip was provided by one of our expert Microsoft SharePoint training instructors, Jane Pettigrew.

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