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Wildcards allow us to run queries when we don't have an exact match for our criteria. For example, I was having a conversation with one of my customers, and I know I put a comment in the notes about oils, but I don't remember who it was or what I said. So let's make a Query. Click on Create and go to Query Design. Double-click on Customers. Close the Show Table window. Let's put up the Company Name, their Phone number, the person who I was talking to, ContactFirst and ContactLast, and then the Notes.
Now because I know that I mentioned oil, but I don't know if that was at the beginning or the end of the sentence, I put in Wildcards. Hold the Shift key down and put it an asterisk. This indicates that there may be text before the word oil in this sentence. Then type the word oil and put in another asterisk, because I'm not sure if there were words after the word oil in the sentence. Now I'm going to view the Query and sure enough, I have three customers where I mentioned oil in the notes.
Now this is a one-time query, so I don't actually have to save it. I won't be looking for this on a regular basis, but by using Wildcard Queries it allows me complete flexibility in establishing my Criteria.
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