By Peggy Trammell
Are your searches producing pages and pages of results in Confluence? Do you have difficulty finding what you are looking for in Confluence? Try using Confluence's advanced search query to narrow down your search results (from https://confluence.atlassian.com/confcloud/search-724765412.html). Some (but not all) of the features are listed below.
- Search for an exact match by using double quotes around your search term. For example, "product roadmap" will search for content that contains the phrase 'product roadmap' or a phrase where 'product' and 'roadmap' are the major words. Limitations with exact match search:
- Confluence ignores common words - such as 'and', 'the', 'or' and 'it' - even if they are included within the double quotes.
Confluence ignores all symbols, such as hyphens and underscores, even if they are included within the double quotes.
- Use Wildcards in your search. Wildcards replace one or more characters in your search. They can help expand your search. For example, the search below would find https://www.atlassian.com or http://www.atlassian.jp.
Confluence doesn't support leading wildcards. This means searching for
*heesewill not return cheese.WildcardDescriptionExample
Multiple characters Use an asterisk (*) at the end of your word to replace multiple characters. print* finds content containing 'printer', 'printing', 'prints' and so on. Multiple wildcards Use asterisks (*) to add more than one multiple-character wildcard r*c* finds content containing 'react', 'recovery', 'refactor' and so on. Single character Use a question mark (?) to replace a single character in your search. b?tter finds content containing 'butter', 'bitter', 'better', 'batter' and so on.
Use the advanced search page to add more search filters, such as creator, title or date range.
To use advanced search
- Click the search field at the top-right of Confluence.
- Click Advanced search on the left-side of the search panel.
- Type your keyword in the search field and hit enter.
Adding a filter from the advanced search page
To add a search filter from the advanced search page:
- Click Add a filter on the bottom left of the advanced search page.
- From the drop-down menu, select the relevant filter.
- Search filters – narrow your search by adding filters.
- Add a filter – add more filters for even more precise search.
You can choose from these additional filters:
- Creator – Restrict your search to content created by a particular person. Start typing the person's username or part of their name and Confluence will offer you a list of possible matches.
- Label – Only search for content containing specific labels.
- With parent – Only search for direct children of a specific parent page.
- With ancestor – Only search for pages below a certain page in the hierarchy.
- Created – Choose or enter a date to only show content created within a particular period of time.
- Mentioning user – Only search for content that mentions a particular Confluence user.
- With title – Only search within page or blog titles.
These filters are provided by Confluence Query Language (CQL).