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escape character

Postby » Fri May 09, 2014 3:56 pm

I am trying to search for text that actually contains a % character in TSQL code.

For example, I have a product named 'ProductName' and SQL code that looks for it by this query:

WHERE product LIKE 'ProductN%'

I'd like Sql Search to limit the results by including the %

Sql Search text: 'ProductN%'

Is it possible to escape the % so sql search matches the % character?
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Postby dom.smith » Fri May 16, 2014 2:33 pm


As you've probably realized, when you type a '%' character, SQL Search always interprets it as a wildcard, including in 'Exact Match' mode.

However, I'm not sure why this would be a problem for you, because wildcard '%' will match the literal '%' character.

So, when you search for 'ProductN%', that should give the result you want (although there may also be other results for 'ProductNumber', for example, since this would also match 'ProductN%').

I hope that makes sense. If it isn't working as I've described, please let me know here, including which version of SSMS and Operating System you are using.


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There are cases when we need to search for '%'

Postby benik9 » Tue May 27, 2014 1:43 pm

In our objects, we use a code value to describe a logic. For example, when 'A%' then aaa when 'B%' then bbb.

I wish redgate search can search for a '%' character.
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