Using Wildcards and Truncation

If your search did not find any users, consider using the wildcard (*) or truncation (!) characters to broaden your search. You may use these characters in Last Name, First Name, or User ID.

ValueDescription
Wildcard (*)

Use an asterisk to replace a character anywhere in a word, except the first character. Use one asterisk for each character you want to replace. Wildcards are particularly useful for finding variations in spelling of a name.

Tip: If you are not sure whether a user's last name is spelled "Bernstein" or "Bernstien," enter bernst**n in Last Name to find both the ei and the ie spelling.
Truncation (!)

Use an exclamation mark to truncate a word and find all the words made by adding letters to the end of it. Use one exclamation mark to replace any number of characters. The exclamation mark must always come at the end of your search.

Tip: If you are not sure whether a user's last name is "Whitman" or "Whitstone," enter Whit! in Last Name to find all variations that begin with "Whit," regardless of the number of letters that come after it.
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Which one should I use?

The major difference between wildcards (*) and truncation (!) is that the * character only finds variations that match the exact number of * characters that you use, while the ! character finds variations with any number of letters. The ! character will usually return the most results.

Tip: If your search retrieves more results than you want to review, make your search more specific (for example, instead of wo!, enter worth!).

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