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// ==UserScript==
// @name        StackExchange SymbolHound Search
// @description Uses SymbolHound instead of regular search if query begins with "sh:".
// @version     1.1
// @include     http://stackoverflow.com/*
// @include     http://*.stackoverflow.com/*
// @include     http://serverfault.com/*
// @include     http://*.serverfault.com/*
// @include     http://superuser.com/*
// @include     http://*.superuser.com/*
// @include     http://stackexchange.com/*
// @include     http://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @include     http://stackapps.com/*
// @include     http://*.stackapps.com/*
// @include     http://askubuntu.com/*
// @include     http://*.askubuntu.com/*
// @include     http://answers.onstartups.com/*
// @include     http://*.answers.onstartups.com/*
// ==/UserScript==

document.getElementById("search").addEventListener("submit", function(event){
    var q = document.getElementById("search")["q"].value;
    if (!RegExp("^sh:").test(q))
    document.location = "http://symbolhound.com/?q=" +
        encodeURIComponent(q.substr(3)) +
        "&l=&e=&n=&u=" +


Ever wanted to search for && on Stack Overflow but couldn't? SymbolHound makes it possible!

From their website:

SymbolHound is a new search engine that doesn't ignore special characters. This means you can easily search the web for symbols like &, %, and ^, or even less common characters such as ©, ¬, and µ.

See also: SymbolHound: Search Stack Overflow for special characters

With this User Script, you can override the built-in search with SymbolHound's.

Just begin type in your query as usual in the search in the upper right corner, but prefix it with sh:.


  • sh:&&
  • sh:php <<<
  • sh:difference between == and ===


I hereby release this script in the public domain.


Click here to install this script.


This user script has been tested in Google Chrome 17.0.963.6 and Mozilla Firefox 8.0 with Greasemonkey 0.9.13.

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