PowerTip: Use PowerShell to See if String Has Wildcard Character


Summary: Use Windows PowerShell to determine if a string contains a wildcard character.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I use Windows PowerShell to determine if a string contains a wildcard character?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Use the static ContainsWildcardCharacters method from the System.Management.Automation.WildcardPattern
           .NET Framework class, for example:

PS C:\> $wc = '*'

PS C:\> $wc

*

PS C:\> [System.Management.Automation.WildcardPattern]::ContainsWildcardCharacters($wc)

True

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