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How to find a dot (.), asterisk (*) or question mark (?) in the drawing text?

A - answer When entering the text to find in the Search and Replace dialog (the FIND command) you can use wildcard characters (since version 2006). If you really want to find the entered character (being a wildcard), you need to add the prefix (escape) character "back apostrophe" (`).

The wildcard characters are:

  • # (hash) - numerals
  • @ (at) - alphabet characters
  • . (dot) - non-alphanumeric characters
  • * (asterisk) - any string
  • ? (question mark) - any character
  • ~ (tilde) - all but the pattern
  • [] (brackets) - list of characters or interval
  • ` (back apostrophe) - take the following character verbatim (as a standard one)
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See also:
Tip 9265:RENAME on steroids - complex renaming of AutoCAD objects.
Tip 7892:How to find blocks with an empty (not-filled-in) attribute?
Tip 7890:How to find missing numbers in a series of numbered blocks?
Tip 7673:How to search/replace tabs in texts?
Tip 7241:Searching text in DWG drawings (without AutoCAD).

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