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Differences in search in Confluence


We recently installed Confluence 7.13 Server and notice that now we need to write an entire word or use wildcards in the quick search to have some matching results. In previous versions all we needed to do was writing the first characters of the term being searched and the results would start showing up.

Is this the way we use the syntax for the search in Confluence 7.13 , or did we miss something while installing and configuring the platform?


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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Dec 12, 2021


It should begin looking a soon as you type any character into the search.  I believe that there are some characters like the letter a that it will not search for until additional letters are added.  What characters are you using?  

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Hi @Brant Schroeder ,

Thanks for your reply.

It happens mostly on pages classified with a prefix, such as QA001 or LTT036. In the first case, when the Q and the A are written a list of suggestions is shown dynamically, but when the first zero is entered there are no more results till the end of the prefix. Then it will display the page related with that title as the first result.

But it also happens with other words, like Poland, Romania or Germany. It's only at the end of these words that we receive some significant results, especially the pages with those titles that are never displayed till then.

In version 6.13 users are used to write the first three to four characters to have relevant results and this becomes now a big nuisance to them. The funny thing is that if we add the wildcard * after writing three or four characters we receive the relevant results we were expecting (eg. germ* will result several pages related with Germany, but nothing relevant if we use only germ).

Thank you

Brant Schroeder Community Leader Dec 13, 2021


I am able to recreate the issue so Atlassian must have changed the way that the search filter works between versions.  I would suggest opening a support issue with them to see if they can provide any insights. 

Like Ultron likes this

Thank you Brant. We are going to do that.


Hi @Ultron,

if you want to have more comfort in the search, you might also be interested in our solution iFinder Confluence Search. This enterprise search solution delivers top results based on linguistic analysis and offers many additional features. These articles may help you:





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