Configuring Search

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There are a few ways to search for content in Confluence:

  • Using the search panel, which allows you to quickly search and filter results.
  • Using the advanced search page.
  • Using a search macro embedded on a Confluence page (for example, the Livesearch Macro or QuickNav Gadget).

Read more about the different search options in Confluence.

By default, the search panel feature is enabled, with the maximum number of simultaneous requests set to 40. These options can be modified as described below.

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Set the number of simultaneous search requests

Confluence admins can set the maximum number of simultaneous searches users can perform using the search panel. By default, the maximum is set to 40. This limit applies to a single Confluence node. If you're running Confluence Data Center with multiple nodes, this number will increase.

If your Confluence server serves a large number of individuals who use this feature regularly, some of whom are being denied access to it, you may wish to increase this value.

To change the maximum number of simultaneous search requests in Confluence:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration
  2. Choose Further Configuration in the left-hand panel.
  3. Choose Edit.
  4. Enter the appropriate number in the field beside Max Simultaneous Requests.
  5. Choose Save.

Disable quick search options

The search panel feature offers a quick way for users to search and filter content in Confluence. We recommend keeping this feature enabled, unless it's causing significant performance issues on your site.

If you disable the quick search option:

  • The search panel will no longer appear when users click the search field. When you enter a search query, we'll take you to the advanced search page.
  • The Confluence QuickNav Gadget will no longer drop down a list of search results. When you enter a search query, we'll take you to the advanced search page.

Other search macros, including the Livesearch Macro and the Page Tree Search Macro, won't be affected if you disable the quick search option.

To disable quick search options from your Confluence site:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration
  2. Choose Further Configuration in the left-hand panel.
  3. Choose Edit.
  4. Deselect the Quick Search checkbox.
  5. Choose Save.
Last modified on Jan 22, 2019

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