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Usually, I just enter special characters with the Esc key and hence am not familiar with their real code in plain text. But this seems troublesome in the search box opened by Ctrl+F since Esc simply quits the box. Although some plain text \[Omega] seems to work, I was wondering if any other workaround that more or less allows me to stick to the usual habit. Mapping Esc to some other key looks a bit overkilling, any other mild solution?

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  • $\begingroup$ As a easier workflow, try copy the text from somewhere else. To rebind the keys, see KeyEventTranslations.tr, which you can learn something about from this site. $\endgroup$
    – rnotlnglgq
    Feb 15, 2023 at 17:12

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Typing this in the little search box (as it is shown) finds ESC characters in notebook:

 \[AliasDelimiter]

In the search box. This will find an ESC entered in the notebook.

Here is a movie

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Reference AliasDelimiter

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This page ListingOfNamedCharacters Gives the names of all characters known to Mathematica including special ones.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. This is indeed a valid solution. If only the delimiter could be typed more easily. Maybe too wishful... Let's see if no other answer, I will accept this. $\endgroup$
    – xiaohuamao
    Jan 22, 2023 at 0:45
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I complained after upgrading to vs 13 that Esc .. Esc for input of special character is still closing the Find&Replace box.

I have forgotten about the answer, searching this site produced the answer her, but Wolframs answer was shorter, a key combination.

After three attempts:

Enclose text in "Shift+Esc" :-) "Shift+Esc"
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( emoji copy table working with "Windows" + "[" + "." )

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