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I'm trying to find files in Windows7 that have a parenthesis in the file name.

However, when I type ( or ( or "(" or "(" I get either nothing or every file.

Microsoft's "advanced query syntax" reference for desktop search mentions nothing about this.

What gives?

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See my related post about searching for the ? character character within text file content. I'm seeing similar problems. superuser.com/questions/168638/… –  jpierson Dec 2 '10 at 22:04

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Got it!

Just had to type this into the search box:

"*(*"
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Use following syntax: ~="(".

~= is an escape character and then you can put a special character like (, &, ? etc. in double quotes.

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But how can I search for files containing the ~ character (e.g. word lock files '~$xyz.doc' ? –  Master of Celebration Jul 25 at 16:17

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