If you want to find something simple, Office's standard Find features suffice. You can have Word look for m?ne (matches mane and miner, but not manner) or bo*t (matches boats or bought, but not bat).
→ To sharpen your finding text skills in any Office application, see "Finding and Replacing Text".
Sometimes you need a more powerful search capability. Perhaps you're looking for all the words in a document that end with "ing." Or you can get complex—say you have a list of license plate numbers and need to find the ones starting with the number 1 through 9, followed by the letters "QED," and then four numbers ending in "9."
Word contains a flexible, powerful mini-language that lets you specify ...