Need to re-add search box to sidebar Edited

We were using the 'Documentation' theme, and upgraded from 5 to 6.5.   Apparently the recent upgrade completely removed the Documentation Theme.   The only non-paid theme now is the 'Default' which does not have a 'Search' box in the left nav (sidebar).  

Does anyone have any ideas on how to regain this functionality?   

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Dear Buc,

This is certainly possible, have you checked out;

Adding custom content to a sidebar

You can further customize a sidebar using wiki markup to add custom content. 

To add custom content to your sidebar:

  1. Go to the space and choose Space tools > Look and Feel from the bottom of the sidebar.
  2. Choose  Sidebar, Header and Footer
  3. Enter your custom content in the Sidebar field. 

The sidebar, header and footer fields all use wiki markup, check our guide to wiki markup for help, or check out some common customizations below. 

To add a search field to the sidebar add the following wiki markup for a search macro in the Sidebar field.

For the Livesearch Macro macro:


For the  Page Tree Search Macro macro:


 Friendly Regards,

Jeremy Mooiman

Thank you Jeremy.   This is exactly what we needed.   

Jeremy Atlassian Community Champion Nov 21, 2017

Very much welcome!

For some reason when I go to 'Space tools', neither 'Look and feel' or 'Configure sidebar' is available as an option.


Trying to figure out how to get the search back in the sidebar again.

This worked for me to add page tree search in sidebar. Using Atlassian Confluence 6.11.1, themed by RefinedTheme 6.1.0

  1. Click 'Space Layout' from the admin menu from the particular space settings
  2. Navigate to left column, at the bottom, click 'Add'
  3. Click '+' icon and select 'Other macros'
  4. Type 'search' on the top right corner and select 'Page Tree Search' and click 'update'
  5. Drag it to the top and click save
  6. Search appeared on the left sidebar

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