Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm trying to search for the text "names(" (without quotes) in a folder of code. I've tried "names(" but that returns no results where they should be results. Not sure how to deal with this.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Click on options, select Regular Expressions for your search string,

Then use this:


\( will escape your open paren.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.