Change the default text in the Search Box?

The default text in the Confluence Search Box is : Search Confluence.

How can I change this text?

I'm using the Documentation Theme.

4 answers

1 accepted


and javascript again iss your friend.

Insert the following code in the Confleunce Administration > Custom HTML > "At the end of the BODY" - part

<script type="text/javascript">

AJS.toInit(function ($) {
        var search = jQuery(".quick-search-query");
        search.each(function() {
            searchBox = jQuery(this);
  "quicksearch", {
                placeholder: "My Test Value",
                placeholded: true




The Placeholder Vlaue "My Test Value" should be set. Testet it with a Confluence 4.0.4. Hope that works for you.

Thanks, Sandro - this script works great in my version of Confluence!

Sorry about the duplicate questions - I wasn't aware that the first one was accepted. Then this weekend I began receiving answers for both. And different answers at that! But yours was the simplest and it worked.

Thanks again,


I think it might be easier to follow the Confluence documentation regarding changes to interface text:

Hi Stanislav,

Thanks for your reply. I got a lot of great answesr from everyone, but for me, Sandro's was the easiest to apply. I didn't have to leave the UI - just plug in the script and it's done.


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