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How can I search for a keyword with special characters in Google Search?

I wanted to search for the phrase asterisk44asterisk (with the asterisk replaced by * of course) but cannot do this in Google.

The asterisk characters are skipped.

Does anybody know how to use an asterisk in your question ?


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Google Search Help

The *, or wildcard, is a little-known feature that can be very powerful. If you include * within a query, it tells Google to try to treat the star as a placeholder for any unknown term(s) and then find the best matches.

For example, the search [ Google * ] will give you results about many of Google's products. [...] The query [ Obama voted * on the * bill ] will give you stories about different votes on different bills.

Note that the * operator works only on whole words, not parts of words.

So therefore, it doesn't work the way you expect it.

  • Yes I thought it was treated as a wild card. But the question remains: how can you search for a phrase containing a * ? Is there a * or /* way , some how ? Something I didn't try yet ?
    – Edelcom
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 11:52
  • Nope, you unfortunately can't search for special characters (it's somewhere in the Help too). See: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/23/…
    – slhck
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 11:58

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