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mlseamanx

Special Character Search

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I've noticed that when using EN Search on Win10 PC, I cannot find notes when the search involves only special characters (except maybe underscore). I'm using the latest EN version for Win10. I don't have this problem on my Android phone (as long as I don't use the "intitle" function). From looking at Forum comments, I think the EN Developers are aware of this limitation. Are there any plans to fix this limitation? This would be especially useful if at least allowed with the "intitle" search function. It would be greatly appreciated if this could be addressed in a future update.

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33 minutes ago, mlseamanx said:

Are there any plans to fix this limitation?

To date, I've seen no indication Evernote plans to include special characters in the search indexing.

>>I don't have this problem on my Android phone (as long as I don't use the "intitle" function). 

Oops, that's an indication

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1 hour ago, mlseamanx said:

From looking at Forum comments, I think the EN Developers are aware of this limitation.

I'm sure they are (and btw, which comments?): the search language is designed to work this way. From the search grammar reference (https://dev.evernote.com/doc/articles/search_grammar.php); the relevant section is:

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Matching literal terms

If no advanced search modifier is found in a search term, it will be matched against the note as a text content search. Words or quoted phrases must exactly match a word or phrase in the note contents, note title, tag name, or recognition index. Words in the content of the note are split by whitespace or punctuation. Words may end in a wildcard to match the start of a word. Searches are not case sensitive. (A wildcard is only permitted at the end of the term, not at the beginning or middle for scalability reasons on the service.) Multiple whitespace and/or punctuation characters in the quoted phrase or the note will be compared as if they were a single space. The backslash escape character ('\') may be used to escape a quotation mark within a quoted phrase

I don't know of any plans to change this, but I'm not privy to Evernote's internal plans.

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Thanks for the feedback and the link. Regarding which comments, I was referring to several comments I'd seen regarding the subject that came back after simply searching Forum for "special character" - https://discussion.evernote.com/search/?q="special character".  I'm new to the EN User Forum, but seems to be a lot of useful info posted out here. Thanks again for the info and link you shared.

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