This page describes the special words and punctuation marks you can use to refine your search.
Matched phrase search
Use double quotes to search for content that contains the phrase 'cheese one', or a phrase where 'cheese' and 'one' are the major words:
Note: Confluence will ignore common words (stop words), including 'and', 'the', 'or', and more, even if they are included within double quotes. See the default list of stop words used by Confluence's search engine, Lucene, in the Lucene documentation.
- Searching for "cheese one" returns only pages in which 'one' appears as the first word (other than stop words) after 'cheese'. So it will return 'cheese for one' or 'cheese to one' or 'cheese one'. It does not return 'one cheese' or 'cheese flamingo one'.
- Searching for "the one" returns all pages containing 'one' because 'the' is a stop word.
If you would like to override Lucene's tokenisation and stemming, please cast your vote on this improvement request: CONF-14910.
To search for content that contains one of the terms, 'chalk' or 'cheese', use the operator OR in capital letters:
To search for content that contains both the terms 'chalk' and 'cheese', use the operator AND in capital letters:
To search for content that contains 'chalk' but NOT 'cheese', use the operator NOT in capital letters:
Excluded term search
To search for content that contains 'chalk' and 'butter' but not 'cheese':
To search for content that must contain 'chalk' but can contain either 'cheese' or 'butter', use brackets to group the search terms:
To search for content with 'chalk' in its title, where title is the field keyword.
To search for 'butter' or 'batter' you can use a question mark as a wildcard:
To search for 'chicken' or 'chickpea' you can use an asterisk as a wildcard:
You can use wildcards anywhere within a word, even at the very beginning:
To search for 'chick' or 'chickpea':
You can also combine search characters to get the exact word. For example the search term below will return 'chick' but not 'chickpea':
Case sensitivity in wildcard searches
Confluence is case sensitive for wildcard searches.
Note: All the example searches given above will search across the default set of fields which are stored as lower case and therefore all searches of that style should be given lower case search terms (as shown in the examples).
However, if you were to search one of the case sensitive fields, such as 'content-name-untokenized' the case of your search term would need to match the document you are searching for.
Use a tilde character followed by a number, to find two words within a certain number of words of each other.
For example, the following search will return 'Octagon blog post':
The following search is not valid:
Use the operator 'TO', in capital letters, to search for names that fall alphabetically within a specified range:
Note: You cannot use the AND keyword inside this statement.
Use a tilde character to find words spelled similarly.
To search for octagon, if unsure about spelling:
You can also combine various search terms together:
Searching for macros
You can search Confluence content for anywhere a macro is used. To do this, just add
macroName: to your search and append the macro name after the column. For example, search for all excerpt-include macros:
For more information about
macroName and other search fields, see Confluence Search Fields.
Searching for labels
Use the '
labelText:' prefix to search specifically for content that has a specific label. The table below gives examples of search terms that you can enter into Confluence's search box, and the search results that you can expect.
Searching for ...
Returns content that ...
contains the word '
contains the word '
has the label '
has both labels '
labelText:' prefix is an example of a search field. See more about Confluence Search Fields.