I've searched other answers for this - such as Microsoft Word: find all words with two 'm's using wildcard - but I can't find a solution to my issue.

What I'm trying to do:

I'm trying to use the wildcard search function to find words that are

  1. ending in ing
  2. preceded by to

For example, to going or to doing would return a hit, but are making would not.

What I've tried:

Looking at some documentation (e.g. https://wordmvp.com/FAQs/General/UsingWildcards.htm), I tried to ing>, <to>[space]ing>, and (to)(ing>) but none of that worked.

Surely, there must be a way for wildcard search to find more than one word?

  • Have you tried a Regex search? Aug 22 '20 at 10:45

You can enter on the Find what box:to <*ing>. It will find to going and to doing but not are making. To match a word when using regex with MS Word you need to enclose it between <>. In your case, the find word ending with ing, you must use <*ing>. The * matches any number of characters.


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