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We have several documents in our SharePoint environment which are named like "GG8758429_BLA_98873_lorem.pdf". To find it, we have to enter the leading "GG", neither "*G8758429" nor "*8758429" works.

What is causing this strange behavior?

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  • This is because SharePoint does not support wildcards in the beginning of words, just in the end (it supports prefix matching but not suffix matching) Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 16:55

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SharePoint search does support searching on numbers, but you're trying to add a wildcard notion (*) in the beginning of your search string. This isn't supported.

For example, the following KQL queries return content items that contain the terms "federated" and "search":

federated search

federat* search

search fed*

KQL queries don’t support suffix matching.

See Keyword Query Language (KQL) syntax reference for the full story

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