Finding objects and materials in 3Ds Max is quite convenient and fast, and if you know a little trick, it will help you save some time.
The whole secret lies in the symbol "*" . This character can be inserted in any part of your search query, and it means that any characters, of any length, can be in its place.
But if you write an asterisk at the beginning of the query, then... As you can see in the screenshot below, we have found our objects and now you can conveniently select them from the list.
Note!Well, a couple more examples of searching for objects in the Scene Explorer or Layer Explorer:
Why not put an asterisk at the end, like this "*25MM*"?
Yes, you can do that too and the result will be the same.
3Ds Max by default itself under the hood, automatically substitutes an asterisk at the end and therefore you can not put it additionally.
The request will be: "block*03".
The request will look like this: "*500*25MM*foot".
It takes a long time to type exactly the entire search query. And here the "*" symbol comes to the rescue.
The query will look like this: "metal*pink".
Below is the search result.
We just write "yellow", without any asterisks.
Searching for materials in the "Material/Map Browser" works a little differently than searching for objects.
Under the hood of 3Ds Max, automatically substitutes asterisks at the beginning and end of the query. Therefore, there are no problems with simple queries.
I hope now it will be more convenient for you to search for materials in your own library. Well, or at least you will use the search more often.
When searching for materials "Material/Map Browser", the asterisk character is generally used in the middle of the search query.
Don't forget to press Enter after you enter a query to display the material in the center of the screen.
Search term: "met*blu".
But, in order to cover the topic completely, we need to tell you about one more thing.
The question mark character "?" can be used in the search, unlike "*" this means not any number of characters, but only one. Such requests are very rarely needed and practically never used.
For example, I sometimes use it when searching, when a word in a name can be separated by either an underscore or a dash or a space.
Query example: "gold?matt".
Where we don't know which character separates the words, but there should be only one character between those words.
Write in the comments, did you know about this trick or not?