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?
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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.
There are comments in the SymbolHound post on Stack Apps reporting that it has been down since April 2022. No reply from the developer. Ref. SymbolHound: Search Stack Overflow for special characters
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
I think I have a pretty good answer here, I'd comment but I'm currently unreputable ;-)
I made a search today looking for "@domain.com" and saw it was not being escaped. I stumbled upon an indirect alternative.....of course that search filter means [limit results to 'domain.com' for what I'm about to search.]
Search for an alpha char before your symbol, and this appears to escape it. Likely the search results for your single character in front of the desired search will be very few, and right after those will be your desired results! This works because Google defaults to showing results similar to your query after it shows what your query returned.
For a different symbol: Instead of "$donnie", try "a$donnie". Should work. Hope this is helpful.