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search results limited to top 3

I see that search results are limited to the top 3, and this is a known issue.

Will this ever be fixed?

I have just uploaded a large user manual to Confluence, linked to the service management portal, and now find that search terms simply dont retrieve the data expected from the manual/space/pages.

In its previous form, the user manual was tree based (like the way pages and child pages are constructed in confluence) and easily searchable by keyword, topic, or simply expanding the tree.

With a limit of only 3 topics, users will not be aware that a valid search result simply doesnt show.

Is this going to be fixed? If not, then this is a serious limitation of the product (along with no find/replace in the new editor).

Comments would be welcome.


3 answers

We ended up adding a single page to a category - called the category 'SEARCH'. On that page we added the 'Search' box field.

Now our users can finally retrieve data. 

Unfortunately we cant remove the main service desk search box. 

Its a work around but does work to a reasonable extent.

Thanks for that info!

Atlassian can say whatever the want, but this is a bug. It was fixed in server but it seems Cloud users are not considered worthy of the same fix, so we are told it's expected behavior.

We have had to abandoned our use of Service Management because of this ridiculous limitation, which is a shame.

Categories is not a workaround because trying to find something out of dozens, or hundreds, of entries is impossible. And, of course, Atlassian refuses to allow sub-categories.

Oh well...

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Hello @Confluence Administrator,

Thank you for reaching out to the Atlassian Community!

When it comes to searching for articles in the customer portal, it will return three results and it’s not a bug/issue, but expected behavior. 

There are feature requests suggesting to increase the number of results:

Please, vote and also watch the tickets above to receive updates.

For now, an alternative would be to use categories where you can organize and add all the articles on different categories and customers would see the categories before seeing the request types to create tickets.

Kind regards,

Thanks, this is really helpful on Categories.

Can Categories be ordered? At first attempt there doesnt appear to be any way to do this. 

Can pages within Categories be ordered?

Hope to hear shortly.

Hi Colin,

Yes, you can drag and drop the categories to reorder them.

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Regarding the pages, they are ordered by the updated date, and currently, it's not possible to reorder them. 

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