How do I search for parenthesis?

Greetings,

How do I search for a file that includes parenthesis? I need to search for files that include the following three characters: "(2)". But the search ignores my parenthesis and returns everthing with a "2" in it. I've tried putting my search in quotes, but it didn't help.

Thanks,
Shane.


Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit; Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385
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...Also, the quotes are extraneous and can be left off.
~ is the literal string indicator and what follows has to match the entire file name that's why the asterisks were included. You can also do the following:
~*(2)*
~*(2).doc
~this_is_my(2).doc
~th?s*(2).???
Tim
I have just moved over to a new laptop and ended up duplicating a load of pdf files that ended up with (2).pdf at the end.I wanted to select them all and delete easily and am glad I found this thread. I would like to clarify that the parenthises are required.

I tried searching for ~*(2).pdf but this did not bring up the desired results. The search brought up everything I was looking for, but it also included many more results I did not expect to appear. Namely those with 2 anywhere in the file name. Examples that were shown in the results included files ending in such things as:

2-RD30.pdf
issue 2.pdf
volume 2 issue 5.pdf

Using quotation marks around the search term ie. ~"*(2).pdf" worked in the way I wanted and only brought up the duplicated files I was searching for.

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I was having a serious problem with this, too, and found the following from another forum:

 

name:~"*(2)*"

 

which in my case finds any files with a (2) in the name.  Totally 'tarded, and there should be an intuitive way for searching on parenthesis.  It is the worst!  I think this is emblematic of why Microsoft will not win in the long haul.  They think like techies for interface design, and they're too set to change.

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