I want to have a report (in Google Data Studio) showing a list of URLs to see how they improved over time.

I thought I could escape my URLs and then use a list like:


Those are just examples, pages could contain a variety of characters which would possibly need to be escaped.

Is there a way to escape all characters for Google Analytics? Or do you have to do each one individually? I have a lot of URLs in this particular case as I am updating a lot of meta titles and descriptions. So I want to see how they compare to previous periods after the change.

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You don't need to escape the "/" cause it's not a special character. So, your code would be:


You can also use a short method like

  • I thought anything non-alphanumeric would need to be escaped.
    – Eoin
    Sep 5, 2018 at 15:49
  • Even so, same question, as some of the items defo have things in there that would need to be escaped. Is there a shorter way to do the escaping?
    – Eoin
    Sep 5, 2018 at 16:50

I figured the best way, if you already know the URLs, which I get from Excel on this occasion is to put them all into one place and then use a tool like this


Which says:

Which regex-characters must be escaped? Special characters in regular expressions which have to be escaped are:. \ + * ? [ ^ ] $ ( ) { } = ! < > | : -

Using the below sentance which incorporates all of the items I can test it


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