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

How do you search for files that include "@" in the filename from the search window?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

In Vista:

  • press Win+F to show search window
  • open Advanced search
  • select Location (for example Local Hard Drives)
  • type * @ * in Name field (without spaces between * and @)
  • to narrow search to files select Document in Show only:
  • press Search

Alternatively you can just type following into search box in Windows explorer:

name:*@* kind:docs
share|improve this answer
You might also have to tick the tick box: ´Include non-indexed, hidden, and system files (might be slow)´ – awe Sep 22 '09 at 11:06
Nice hint. I was actually needing that. :D – elvispt Dec 9 '09 at 20:13

my guess would be to escape it like you would at a command prompt with a caret. e.g. dir *^@.txt

i don't have a machine to try this on right now.


share|improve this answer

Best app for file searches I've found is "Everything" - and it's lightning fast. Available at Makes the Windows search look like steam driven.

share|improve this answer

Much like with most search engines, you can use " " [quotation marks].
Not perfect, it will still will find other things (not sure why).
Moreover wildcards will be a bit of a problem.

You can narrow it down to files by using "kind:" (docs, music etc'), you can find some syntax help here.

alt text

By the way, this is in Windows 7.

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.