Retrieving Multiple Search Results from the Same Document

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Jeffrey Spitz

Apr 8, 2021, 3:47:15 PMApr 8
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I noticed that when searching words on and other sites like, the search would return multiple results on the same page as long as the word appears under different subsections. 

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However when performing searches in my own documentation, the search will only return a single result per document even if it exists in multiple subsections.

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How can i configure my search so that it can return multiple results from the same document?


Stefano David

Aug 27, 2021, 5:20:32 AMAug 27
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I think I stumbled upon this exact issue on some of my projects: If a html page contains multiple instances of a word I am serching, only the first one is shown.

Odd enough, this issue arises only on a few of them and this makes it is difficult for me to find the root cause. Searching in the configuration and templates of the mentioned projects lead me nowhere. Has anyone ever experienced this? Does someone have any hint to help me investigate? Or it's me misunderstanding how search works?

Note: I also tried to use alabaster as theme, but without any luck, so I guess it must be some configuration issue, but there seems to be no related option in

Thank you in advance,
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