Sometimes you may have to use Textwrangler, SublimeText, Notepad++, or whatever IDE to search for a string which contains something commonly found outside of a string. For example, what if you want to find a string that in a Python file that had a hash symbol. In this case you could use the following regular expression:

In general, the regular expression can look like the following to match any string literal:

Of course this regular expression really depends on the language that you are dealing with. Some languages such as VB require strings to be surrounded in double-quotes and each double-quote is escaped by placing another double-quote character in front of it.

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