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Percent character (Wildcard - Character(s) to Match) (Transact-SQL)

Matches any string of zero or more characters. This wildcard character can be used as either a prefix or a suffix.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.

The following example returns all the first names of people in the Person table of AdventureWorks2012 that start with Dan.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
GO
SELECT FirstName, LastName
FROM Person.Person
WHERE FirstName LIKE 'Dan%';
GO

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