As I learnt from this post, Google has no ability to search for special characters. Let's say I want to search for ss!. Are there any other search engines that can achieve this? Please do not propose any programming code search engines since this is a general search.

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    well the more popular search engines do not preserve punctuation as they use it as operators. I do not understand why you do want to use a programming code search engine if it will do the job. Your only other option is to just use as is for example += ---> plus equals .
    – phwd
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 12:18
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    Think of this case: My computer has some folders with some files named as MM! without extension. This could be done by a virus or a program. The search results fetched for MM! is nonsense. Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 12:43
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    Okay I get it now , but it would depend on the situation, if i do *MM!* I will get the first hit as Symantec site threat list, where just MM! would give millimetre etc. What folder is it in ? is it a program folder a system folder, is that the real file name ? descriptions like these will lead to a better search it still applies to the += case. What are you asking for is localized and will not be able to make a top hit unless more information is placed in the query
    – phwd
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 13:53
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    I usually try to put it in context. If you're searching for something as short as ss! it will greatly help Google if you supply as much information as you can. Also, try putting quotes around terms that need to be found together.
    – matpie
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:13
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    putting the keyword (with special character) in quotes does not work. is there any other methods?
    – wilson
    Commented Oct 7, 2010 at 9:25

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According to one report it appears that Google is now allowing for searches for punctuation. No word on exactly which punctuation is included (although a dozen or so were tested) and I don't see information on punctuation with text.


I think DuckDuckGo search engine does the search including special characters. See the search for MM! here.

DuckDuckGo does not, but you can search symbolhound on DDG with !symbolhound

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    Not exactly. The first few results include MM! but if you scroll down a little bit, there is no exact results. I also tried xyz# on DuckDuckGo but it couldn't do it. Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 15:14

Use double quotes—"—to wrap the special character.

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    I don't have the rep to downvote, so Raju, please remember to check the validity of your answers, before providing them.
    – user66001
    Commented Aug 16, 2014 at 3:55
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    It says right in the question why this doesn't work.
    – JeremyP
    Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 11:28

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