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Search on Partial Names

I'd like to be able to search on partial names. For instance, if I'm looking for "Robert Smith", when I type in "Rob" I may get 20 people proposed. I want to be able to type in "Rob S" and get Roberts with a last name starting with S. However, the search currently does an exact match. So "Robert" != "Rob" and "Robert Smith" falls out of the results.

Given names in Teams:
"Robert Adams", "Rob Dean", "Robert Nice", "Robert Smith"

As is:
"Rob" matches "Robert Adams", "Rob Dean", "Robert Nice", "Robert Smith"
"Rob S" matches no results

Would like:
"Rob" matches "Robert Adams", "Rob Dean", "Robert Nice", "Robert Smith"
"Rob S" matches "Robert Smith"

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  • Tom De Smet commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is absolutely lacking and is essential for a tool like this! Take an example of Slack search!

  • Zane commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    By search for partial names we also mean partial words. Searching for a servername SERVERNAME001AB should come up when you search for SERVERNA. Or add wildcard feature so I can search for SEVERNA*. Must have!

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