When importing a Word document, how can you convert square brackets () literally? That is, not to have it expand as a link? The normal techniques for the editor do not seem to work.
The standard escape character for Word imports is a back slack: \
I haven't tried it with square brackets, but \ should render as \, not as a link.
You'll have to remove the slash in Confluence after you've imported (unless you want to keep it/don't mind it being on the page).
That's interesting, the first escape character has been ignored, then the escape characters in the H2 section have been treated as a carriage return. I'm not sure why.
I've not had to escape square brackets so I've not investigated their treatment in any great depth. If you need a definitive answer then in the absence of anyone else commenting here you might be best off asking Atlassian directly.
However, if you just want it to work, you've got the option of doing a global search and replace in your Word document to change a left square bracket to an unused character (e.g. a pipe) and then do a search and replace in Confluence after the import to get the left square bracket back. It's a bit clunky, but if you're just concerned about being able to get the import done then that would probably be the easiest way.
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