Search excel for character *

How do I search in excel for a string with *  ( For example  column A has a value  *a . The problem I have is when I look for *a , it takes me thru all cells with value a in it
Sam OZAsked:
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Search for tilde-star then the rest of the string:


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You are using the tilde to say that the next character is a literal:


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Sam OZAuthor Commented:
thanks. Just curious , what if I am searching for tilda ( I don't need it now)
Then you would search for:


Bharat BhushanSolution ManagerCommented:
That's very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing.
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