In Word 2013 and Word 2010, apart from using the regular find and replace feature you can also use find and replace using wildcards. Click the Home menu and navigate to find menu.
Click the dropdown arrow available next to Find menu and select Advanced Find from the available menu list. In the Find and Replace dialog box, click the More >> button
Mark the checkbox with label as Use wildcards and click the << Less button.
Now enter the wildcard entry in the Find what field and click the Find Next button to search the document using wildcards. For example if you want to find words starting with V followed by any characters then type V* in the Find what text box.
Listed below are the some of the wildcards that can be used with Find and Replace feature in Word 2013 and Word 2010
- * – If you want find all words starting with V then type V*
- ? – If you want find all words starting with p followed by any character and with third character as o then type p?o. If the document has two words provide and powerful, the find will return only provide
-  – For finding specific characters or range of characters. for example if you type [ele] then words containing any these letter will be shown.
- [!] – This would all characters other than one specified within the square box. Let us say you want to find out all special characters then you try the following wildcard entry – [! 0-9 a-z A-Z]
- @ – This will display the reoccurrence of previous character. [t@o] will display both to and too
- <> – Denotes start and end of the word. Let us say you want to find only you and your then type <you> in the find text box
- [() – Find word beginning with certain characters.