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Tip 3.22: How to use wildcards and regular expressions while searching

June 26, 2013

“Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio“, courtesy of ‘Sara Ford’

Sara Ford’s Blog

In the Find And Replace window, expand the Find Options node and check the Use Regular Expressions check box. This option enables you to select either wildcards or regular expressions.

Now that little (a)+ button, which is called an expression builder and is located next to the Find What text box, is enabled. In case you’re like her and don’t use regular expressions all that often, the expression builder can be a great little cheat sheet.

Note that the editor’s regular expressions engine is slightly different from the .NET Framework regular expressions engine; hence, the cheat sheet may really come in handy.

Happy Programming! =)

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