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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.… – jpierson Dec 2 '10 at 22:04

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 '~$xyz.doc' ? – Master of Celebration Jul 25 '14 at 16:17
Like this: ~="~$" – Frederic Leitenberger Apr 12 at 8:16
I had to omit the quotation marks for this to work with a period. – sirdank May 19 at 12:15

Got it!

Just had to type this into the search box:

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