Introduced in GitLab 13.9: you can search using the full name in user autocomplete.
The autocomplete characters provide a quick way of entering field values into Markdown fields. When you start typing a word in a Markdown field with one of the following characters, GitLab progressively autocompletes against a set of matching values. The string matching is not case sensitive.
|Users and groups|
Up to 5 of the most relevant matches are displayed in a popup list. When you select an item from the list, the value is entered in the field. The more characters you enter, the more precise the matches are.
Autocomplete characters are useful when combined with Quick Actions.
Assume your GitLab instance includes the following users:
In an Issue comment, entering
@l results in the following popup list
appearing. Note that user
shelba is not included, because the list includes
only the 5 users most relevant to the Issue.
If you continue to type,
@le, the popup list changes to the following. The
popup now only includes users where
le appears in their username, or a word in
You can also search across the full name to find a user.
Rosy Grant, even if their username is for example
hunter2, you can type their full name without spaces like