How do you search searches that include Google functional characters, like
For example, how would one search for
"Hello World" with the quotes included into the search?
The general answer from Google is that you can't get Google to recognize symbols as literals in a search. There are a few special things symbols are used for (e.g.
- to negate a word) and other than that they're ignored. It's unfortunate, but that's what seems to be for most search engines. SymbolHound is a search engine designed to fix this problem, but it seems to have an extremely limited search set.
It seems that searching using symbols is a problem that is largely not dealt with, which is unfortunate for those of us who need to include symbols in our search queries on a regular basis.
I found a mention of one method from this stackoverflow question. I tested it and it only sort of works. For instance with " or the HTML code
" it works while other codes such as the * or HTML code
* will not. Not sure how google decides this but there are other web search engines that allow for characters.
Here are some other web engines that do allow them:
and I assume many more.
StackOverflow Source: Looking for special characters in Google