If you are unable to find the record you're searching for using a simple find, try typing an operator in the Find What text box in the Find and Replace dialog box. A common Access operator is a wildcard, a symbol representing one or more characters.
||Used at the beginning or the end of a search string to
match one or more characters
||Sch* finds Schlotz and Schwartz. *ing
finds Wheeling and Browning.
|? (Question Mark)
||Matches any single alphabetic character
||Sp?ll finds spell and spill.
|# (Pound Sign)
||Matches any single numeric character
||9#1 finds 901, 911, 921, 931, etc.
To Search for a Record Using a Wildcard:
- Choose EditFind
from the menu bar or click the Find button on the toolbar.
- The Find and Replace dialog box opens.
- Type your wildcard combination in the Find What text box.
- Click on Find Next. The records with the first occurrence of the matched text displays, or the Office Assistant tells you no matched records were found.
- Click Cancel if you found the record you're searching for. The Find and Replace dialog box closes.
- Click Find Next if you need to search further. The next occurrence displays.