Search in your workspace

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Notion is designed for you to add as many layers of information as you and your team need to solve any problem. Search ensures that Notion is an easily navigable archive of information 🔍

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  • When you want to find something specific, like a page or a piece of content on a page, click Search at the top of your left-hand sidebar.

  • You can also open search with shortcut cmd/ctrl + P (one of our most popular shortcuts!)

    • cmd/ctrl + K also works, if your cursor is not focused on a block.

  • Type your search term at the top of the search window. You'll also see your recently viewed pages and searches listed below so you can click to jump to one of them right away. This window is keyboard friendly, too, so you can use your arrow keys to scroll.

Tip: Hold cmd/ctrl while clicking any of these results to open in a new tab (web app) or a new window (desktop app)!

On desktop, you can use search and Q&A even when you’re outside of the Notion app. Trigger Command Search with a customizable keyboard shortcut, your menu bar on Mac, or your task bar on Windows so you can search or ask Q&A without switching between windows or bringing the Notion desktop app to the foreground. To make it easier to access Notion this way, a few things will happen by default:

  • Command Search will be turned on. To turn this off, go to Settings & membersMy settings → toggle off Enable Command Search. You can also turn off Show Notion in Menu Bar or customize your Command Search shortcut.

  • Notion will be set to open at login. To turn this off:

    • On Mac: Right-click on the Notion icon in the dock → select OptionsOpen at Login to remove the check mark beside it.

    • On Windows: Right-click on the Notion icon in the task bar → select Launch PreferencesOpen Notion at Login to remove the check mark beside it.

Tip: In Command Search, hover over a search result with your keyboard or mouse and use cmd + L or cmd + shift + C to quickly copy its link.

If you join the Q&A beta, you’ll see an Ask Notion AI button appear at the top of your search window. It provides instant answers to your questions, using information from the pages you have access to in the workspace.

Once you search for something, you'll see the option to sort at the top left of the search window. Click the dropdown menu to reveal these sorting options:

  • Best Matches (default): The most relevant results will be shown first. Pages that have been recently edited show up higher on the list, and page titles are weighted much higher than page contents.

  • Last Edited: Newest First: Shows content that was recently edited by you or someone else in your workspace first.

  • Last Edited: Oldest First: Shows content that was recently edited by you or someone else in your workspace last.

  • Created: Newest First: Shows content that was recently created first.

  • Created: Oldest First: Shows content that was recently created last.

You'll see the option to filter your search results underneath the input area.

By combining filters, you can refine your search results to find exactly what you're looking for!

Only search titles

If you turn this on, you'll only see results where your search term matches the title of a page. Any content inside of a page won't be considered.

Created by

This filter limits search results to content created by one or more people in your workspace.


This filter is visible in Plus, Business or Enterprise Plan workspaces and allows you to filter based on teamspaces that you have access to. Learn more about teamspaces here →

In page

This filter search results to content included in the page (or pages) you select. Subpages contained within your chosen pages will also be included.


This filter limits search results to content that was created or edited within a chosen date range.

  • Click the Date button to bring up a pop-up calendar menu.

  • At the top, choose whether to filter by created date or last edited date.

  • Using the calendar, choose a start or end date, or a specific range.

When you first open the search window, you'll see a list of pages listed under Recent Pages. These are all pages from your workspace that you've visited lately.

  • To clear your history of recently visited pages, click Clear at the top right of the Recent Pages section in the search window.

When you search for something and there are 1 or more results, we'll save this search for later under Recent Searches in the search window.

  • Click on any of the items under Recent Searches to quickly pull up that search term with any filters you applied in the past.

  • If you search for the same search term again but with different filters, it won't be included twice under Recent Searches. We'll just update the filter criteria for that search term.

  • To clear your history of recent searches, click Clear at the top right of the Recent Searches section of the search window.

  • When you search for something in the database search bar, it will surface database entries that contain your search term in the page title or property values (but not the page contents).

  • For example, if you search for "Urgent," your database will quickly filter to only display entries that contain "Urgent" in the title or property values:

  • Database search will search for property values such as Status = In Progress or the names of database entries added in a relation column. Workspace search will not.

  • Workspace search will search the content included inside database pages. Database search will not.


Are there any limitations to the type of content that can be searched with Quick Find?

There's a few content types that Quick Find won't surface, unfortunately. We're always working on improvements, but here's a current list of limitations:

  • Date mentions such as @Today or @last Tuesday will be included in search results, but other @mentions of pages and people such as @Doug or @Roadmap won't be included in search results.

  • Comments & discussions are not included in search results.

  • Property values such as select and multi-select tags are not included in search results. You can use database search for this though!

What about Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters?

We recently upgraded Quick Find to improve the accuracy of search queries with CJK characters! That said, we're planning for more improvements as we go 💪 Please feel free to share any search feedback with, or click ? at the bottom right of Notion to send us a message.

Is there a way to customize the preset filters, recent pages, or recent searches?

Not at the moment. You can define your own filters by using the More filters section of the filter sidebar in Quick Find.

To customize your own list of frequently visited pages, you can use the Favorite button at the top right of any page. Click that to pin the page to the top of your sidebar.

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