Laserfiche Wildcards and Operators

Laserfiche Wildcards

Using wildcards and operators greatly improves your Laserfiche search capability. It will allow you to expand or restrict your searches. Making your searches more powerful.

What is a wildcard?

Wildcards represent unknown characters in a search. Some wildcard searchs allow operators, Thes operators are used to combining search terms or specify a search range.

Wildcards can be used in any search type: search bar searches, search filter searches or search syntax searches. Operators are generally used with search syntax searches.

Wildcards are used to represent one or more unknown characters in a search term. They are useful for searching for all documents containing variations of a word or when you are not sure of the exact characters contained in a word.

For example if

? (Question mark) Wildcard

The ? represents any single character.

Example: If you want to find all a word that may have two spellings such as Peterson Petersen

Your search syntax would be


* (Asterisk) Wildcard

The * represents any number of characters.

Example: If you would like to find all the words that start with light

Your search syntax would be


this search would come up with results such as light, lights, and lightning

[] (Brackets) Wildcard

Brackets are also used as a wildcard for any single character in a set of characters.

Example: If you are looking to find “Smith” and “Smyth,” but no others.

Your search syntax would be


– (Dash) Operator

You can use a dash to indicates a range of characters.

For example, b[a-i]tter would find the words “batter,” “better” and “bitter,” but not “butter.”

Another example, if you wanted to find zip codes which is 5 digits in a row

Your search syntax would be


Combine wildcards

You can combine wild cards to create very powerful searches.

For example, br[a-o]ke* would find all of the following words: brake, braked, broke, broker, and broken.

?ake* would find bake, bakers, bakes, take, taken, takes, takers, make, maker

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