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Using wildcard characters

You can search for patterns within data columns or expressions by using wildcard characters. For example, you can search for all customers whose last names begin with "S".

To search for patterns, use the LIKE operator, and then substitute wildcard characters for one or more characters in the search string. You can use either of the following wildcard characters:

Wildcard character

Description

* (asterisk)

Matches any number of characters in Microsoft Access. It can be used as the first or last character in the character string.

% (percent symbol)

Matches any number of characters in Microsoft SQL Server. It can be used as the first or last character in the character string.

_ (underscore)

Matches any single alphabetic character in Microsoft SQL Server.

? (question mark)

Matches any single alphabetic character in Microsoft Access.

Examples

 B?ll finds ball, bell, and bill

 wh* finds what, white, and why


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