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Windows 7: How to search for both spaces and quotes at the same time

06 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
How to search for both spaces and quotes at the same time

I am looking for a file which contains a text string that looks like this:


Because of the spaces on either side of the dash, I must enclose the string in quotes. But the string INCLUDES quotes, so that doesn't work! How do I find what I'm looking for? After extensive internet searching I found some suggestions and tried

contents:~VALUE - "X"
contents:~'VALUE - "X"'
'VALUE - "X"'

but those don't work, either. The best I can do is a search for

"VALUE - "

but that returns far too many files. The "X" is critical to my search. Help!

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06 Mar 2012   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Hello and welcome to the forum.

I don't use Windows search, I use FileLocator Lite (free).
FileLocator Lite - Free File Searching Utility

If you're willing to use a different search program, this may help.
This program allows using the backslash as an escape character.

Searching for "Value - \"x\"" looks like it will find what you want.

hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

David, that's a great tool, thanks. Too bad Windows can't do it natively.

Unfortunately, it didn't help. Apparantly the string I'm looking for doesn't exist.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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