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How to look for text that contains characters such us "("

I wan to to filter stories that have the word Launch, inside parenthesis like this "(Launch)" but don't want to get in the results something like this "-launch" or "/launch"

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Hi @Steven Lee

As far as I know, Jira doesn't "index" certain special characters, which means that you can't search for them in JQL; see here:

Special characters aren’t stored in the index, which means you can’t search for them.

As a workaround, you may want to have a look at JXL for Jira. It's a full-fledged table/spreadsheet view for your issues that allows you to quick-filter your issue list by any field, including their summary, and because the way its search algorithm works, you can search for any character; in your specific case, you would have to search for


including the quotation marks.

This is how it looks in action:


(Disclaimer: I work on JXL :))

Hope this helps,

- Hannes

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Fabian Lim Community Leader Dec 24, 2021

Hi @Steven Lee

Welcome to the community. 

Take a look at this article:


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