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Search like a pro with the new advanced search experience

Update as of 11 Nov 2019:

The new experience has been made available to all Confluence Cloud customers. After monitoring the usage of the old experience, we will be removing the Switch to the old experience link in the next couple of days.

We have plan to enable support for operators such as AND, OR, and NOT in search query in the new experience in the next couple of weeks. In the interim, you can use the following link to go to the old experience in case you need:


Please continue to post your questions and feedback here. Thank you.



Hi everyone,

It’s Elaine again, your Marie Kondo for finding information in Confluence. We know that locating the materials you need can be a challenge – especially if your organization lives and breathes Confluence pages. Our goal is to help you get what you need fast, so you can search and go!

To that end, we’ve revamped advanced search to give power searchers a better experience. Advanced search uses an improved search ranking algorithm that boosts search success by 22%. We’ve also made it faster to load the page after you click on a search result. If you aspire to be a power searcher, the new experience is easy and intuitive – a quick and simple way to get your feet wet. Now everyone can search like a pro.


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Advanced search helps you find anything and everything in Confluence so you can be more productive. We’re not just talking pages and spaces, but also blogs, comments, and attachments.

You can get to advanced search with the quick search drawer:


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Power users wannabes listen up! Here’s another way to find it: go directly to the URL yoursite’

We’ve given you many ways to jog your memory, so you can find what you’re looking for in seconds. The new experience has all the filtering power you know and love, but now filters are easier to discover and use. Narrow down your searches with comprehensive search filters like:

  • Space: search in particular spaces (with a painless drop down menu)

  • Contributor: search for content published by specific people

  • Content type: search for specific kinds like page, space, attachment, blogpost, etc.

  • Last modified: search for content last updated in a particular timeframe

  • Label: search for content that contain particular labels

  • Only search for page titles

You’ll know that you’ve found what you’re looking for right away when you see rich information in search results. You can spend more time focusing on what matters when you don’t have to visit pages that aren’t relevant. Search results also show you the space where the page lives and when it was last updated. With advanced search, you’ll know when you’re hot on the trail to finding what you need.

All told, we’ve streamlined the experience to make your search nimbler. Please let us know if we’ve managed to do that. Our team is listening.

P.S. - We’re working on a simpler and more powerful quick search experience that we hope you love. We’ll share more when it’s ready, so hang tight.


Viktor October 4, 2019

Please fix since 10 years ago :)

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Brian Dale October 8, 2019

What about being able to search in "Favourite Spaces" only under "Spaces"?

I don't see that in the new search & it was one I used all the time, to only search ones I'd favorited.

Please consider adding this to the new search experience.


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Jeanne Howe October 9, 2019
David Gregory October 9, 2019

We need a way to search a page tree. We used to be almost able to do this with ancestor, but this doesn't appear to be in the new search interface.

Ben Vautier October 9, 2019

Will the new search functionality search inside comments and replies to questions? (when the Question module is installed)

Joan Trias October 10, 2019

In the past it was possible to use AND, NOT, ... between key words, or between labels in Advanced Search. Currently it is not possible. Any plan to install again this functionality ???

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Robert Lauriston
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October 25, 2019

With the "old experience," searching for partitioned AND table returns three pages, searching for "partitioned table" returns zero.

With the new experience, both return hundreds of pages that have only one of the two words.

How is this "advanced"? Seems more like useless. I can't find what I'm looking for.

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November 8, 2019

If there were a "Hate" button, I'd click it. Atlassian has pushed out a lot of ill-conceived changes but this is the worst yet.

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Shaun Sheehan November 8, 2019

Hello, Atlassian - what is the status of CQL - is that going away?  See: 

David Ramirez December 11, 2019

We use a lot of machines named 'dev-username' or the like. Pretty much annoying that when needing to search for them, dev and username matches as returned as results, that is, all "dev" matches are returned, or all username - in the hundreds. Totally useless.

Typical operators that would work in search engines since the invention of search don't work.

Very frustrating.

Tom Crowley December 16, 2019

Hi, the Cloud documentation ( still says that you can click a link to navigate to the old search experience, but here you say you've removed it. The documentation page was updated after this page mentioned the removal of the link. 

The out of date docs are a real issue with all these "new experiences".

Tom Crowley December 16, 2019

Our software uses Gantt charts a lot. One feature we've just added is an "in-Gantt Scheduling" tool, along with other "in-Gantt" features. People are searching for these as "In-Gantt". 

Because "In" is a stop word (I assume?), and you don't search for special characters, this effectively turns into a search for "Gantt", which returns an entire segment of our documentation.

Are there plans to be able to override stop words and special character rules? It's currently not very user-friendly.

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Ka-Hing Cheung February 14, 2020

with the "new" search I am not able to search questions anymore. It's a major regression

Yael Neubauer March 1, 2020

I would like to have an advanced search with custom options to drop down from and sit on body of page, rather than having to go into confluence search, then advanced search.

Is this at all possible?

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GD_Google_Developer October 3, 2020

Hello all, Good times. Are there applications that can parse codes and organize advanced programs in pages to develop communications, security and protection if not? I hope everyone works together on a project to make the internet world safe, thank you very much. Respectfully.

Google GD developer 

Carlos Galvez October 22, 2020

Will this search work if you have a page heavily relying on info being insdie UI expandable buttons? I know the page search does not work

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Mallee Morris September 29, 2021

Atlassian Team,


Your rich search results show me my search term in context.  IOW, as a part of the surrounding text.  But when I select the link, it doesn't take me to that location, it just dumps me at the top of the page.  For lengthy pages, this is incredibly annoying.  

Same problem with Task Reports.  Location only puts me at the top of the page, I may have to dig through thousands of lines to find the actual action item if I want to update it in line.  Which I do want to do, because you don't allow me to enter comments against action items in the Task Report - so if I want to show progress or notes, I have to go in and amend the actual action item.

I thought...that is ok, I can search for this action item and that will take me right to the item in the text because I can SEE that location in the results of my search...but when I select that result, boom I am dumped out at the top of a page with no idea where in that page my item is located.

Is there any way to Search and then be taken directly to the location of the text I searched for, rather than simply to the top of the page?

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rai October 21, 2021

exact search(enclosed with double quotes) simply doesn't work. A sample would be 

"error encounterer"

gave me unexpected jiras containing




I was not expecting any results for that

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Angela Deleon May 9, 2023

I appreciated you provided a link to the old experience for those who may still need it. It's helpful to options while transitioning to a new interface.

I'm also excited to hear about the upcoming support for search query operators in the new experience. This will enhance photos and the search functionality and make it more efficient for users.

Thank you for keeping us updated.

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