Can you search an embedded word document?

I embedded a word document and then tried to search for a few phrases from that document, but nothing came back from my search. Are you not able to search within an embedded document? This seems strange to me since you can search within attached PDFs.

1 answer

Hi Juliette,

Yes, you should be able to find the phrases if you attached the document. Confluence will index and search the full-content of following type of attachments:

  • Word (.doc)
  • Text
  • Powerpoint (.ppt)
  • Excel (.xls)
  • PDF
  • HTML

You can confirm this also at this page:


If you are having issues please open a case at and we can analyse it further.


Thank you for your quick reply. Yes, I see that you can search within attached documents, but my question is if you can search an embedded document. I imported a Word Doc and then used the Office Word macro to embedded the document. Since it is embedded, it is not just an attachment that has to be opened. Instead, it almost like an image of the document. It seems as if I cannot search the embedded document.

Davin Studer Community Champion Aug 17, 2015

If you are using the Word macro then you are displaying an attached word file. That is what the word macro does. Importing is actually a different process that created a native wiki page from a Word document. In either case you should be able to search for the data. One thing to note is if you attach a document to a page depending upon your system it could take a little while for it to show up in search results as the document must be indexed first.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Nov 29, 2018 in New to Confluence

How to use Confluence Cloud for stakeholder management

Most of us don’t need much convincing that stakeholder management is important. It just makes sense that keeping everyone in-the-know on projects and assigning clearly defined roles is key to having ...

1,054 views 0 5
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you