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Setting a search shortcut in Firefox addressbar

Cenk_Mola January 12, 2023

In our daily life we are using Jira and Confluence very often. Here I would like to share a shortcut for accelerating your search in Jira and Confluence.

Actually this is a feature of Firefox, which you can simply do the same as "add Search Engine" in Edge or Chrome as well.

Lets start for Firefox.

Jira:

  • Right click on Jira Search field and select "Add a keyword for this search" from pop-up menu
  • Assign a keyword like "ji" and select OK

That's all. If you type "ji" and and search text in browser address bar, it will automatically search this text in Jira

 

Confluence:

  • Click on Search field on top right and select "Advance Search"
  • Right click on Search field in the new page and select "Add a keyword for this search" from pop-up menu
  • Assign a keyword like "co" and select OK

That's all. If you type "co" and and search text in browser address bar, it will automatically search this text in Confluence

 

You can use this technique in each search fields.

Have fun!

Cenk

 

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Malene Vikkelsø May 23, 2023

Hm, I cannot seem to get it to work for Cloud. On Data center products there is no issue it works like a charm, however on Cloud I run into different kinds of issues:

For Jira I cannot trigger the option to create keyword search, the option simply does not appear when I enter the different search options (quick and advanced search)

For Confluence the ability appear however whenever I search, the result I get is empty (as it was an empty search I created the shortcut for).

Am I the only one experiencing this for Cloud products?

I am using Firefox 113.0.1 on MacOS 13.1

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October 9, 2023

Same for me on Jira Cloud with Firefox 118.0.1.

As a workaround, you can use the placeholder %s in the URL to create a smart bookmark yourself.

Here is how to do it in more details:

  1. In the Firefox burger menu, go to "Bookmarks" > "Manage bookmarks".
  2. In the context menu of your bookmark folder of choice, click "Add bookmark...".
  3. In the popup dialog, use a placeholder "%s" for the ticket ID in the URL field like:
    https://<my-company-name>.atlassian.net/browse/%s

Now assuming I chose "jira" as the keyword for that bookmark, I can type "jira ABC-123" in the address bar and Firefox navigates to https://<my-company-name>.atlassian.net/browse/ABC-123.

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Malene Vikkelsø October 23, 2023

Great tip, thanks!

Now we just need to figure out how to do something similar for Confluence :)

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October 23, 2023

It's the same principle: Search for something and see where the search term ends up in the URL of the resulting page. Then replace that with "%s" in the shortcut.

For example, if you search for "test" in Confluence, the resulting page is going to be something like this:

https://<my-company-name>.atlassian.net/wiki/search?text=test

So in order to create a search shortcut for Confluence, create a bookmark as described above with the placeholder "%s" instead of the search term:

https://<my-company-name>.atlassian.net/wiki/search?text=%s

This method should work for any kind of dynamic page when the "Add keyword for this search" menu is not shown in the context menu of the input field.

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