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A Bunch of New Features for Talk Inline Comments

Not so long ago we released a truly milestone version of Talk for Confluence that lets you start discussions without entering the Edit mode. And now it’s time for another pack of cool features that will make Talk even better. In version 2.1.0 we introduce craved by many of our users search in Talk discussions and editing permissions in the View mode.

Search in Discussions

This one can make life easier for large teams. The standard Confluence search functionality doesn’t work for Talk discussions, which can be a pain if you want to find all comments posted by a specific user or just look for some text. The latest release fixes this problem.

Now you can search all unresolved Talk discussions using a pretty simple syntax. Just enter talk:"some text" in the Search box in Confluence and get the list of all pages that contain discussions corresponding to your query. Make sure to include your search query in quotes, if it contains spaces.


You can also search by user who added a comment. For this, enter talkUser:"User Name" where User Name is user’s full name or login name. Also, this work for a part of a user name as shown in the screen shot below.

By default, the search in Talks will function only for discussions added after you updated the add-on to v.2.1.0. To be able to search in discussions added before the update, you’ll need to run reindexation in Admin Console – General Configuration – Content Indexing.

Editing Permissions in the View mode

Since version 1.8.0 Talk discussions can be restricted to viewing by only specific users and/or user groups. To set these restrictions, you had to enter the Edit mode and edit the permission settings in the Talk macro. This is not the case anymore! In this release, you can just click the lock icon in the discussion cloud to see who can view this discussion.


If you need to add or remove people to this list just type their names or user groups they belong to.


Not so global but still nice features

This set of features concerns mainly writing comments. First, you can now add links to other pages by typing [ as you would do elsewhere in Confluence.


When pasting a link to a Confluence page, it will be automatically converted to the title of this page, so you have a short page title instead of a long URL string in your comment. Similarly, you can select some text in your comment and paste a URL of  an external or Confluence page, you’ll get a link to this page whose title will be the selected text.

Moreover, you can use some placeholder text in user mentions in comments. This may be handy, if a name of a person you address your comment is too long or you just want to use something more informal and readable. To add a custom text, type @ as you always do to add mentions and start typing person’s full name. You will get a link like [~asmith]. Edit it like this [Alex|~asmith], where Alex is your custom text. In this screen shot, you can see examples of using a standard mention (first comment) and a custom mention (second comment).


And finally, we have good news for everyone who prefers using keyboard over mouse. You can post new comments by hitting Ctrl+Enter (also works for saving edited comments). Earlier, you had to click the Reply (or Save) button to add your comment.

Some of the features you read above were inspired by our users who shared their ideas in our feedback system. Feel free to do so, if you have any thoughts that can help us improve Talk.