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Create, edit, publish, and update a page

Pages are the content that makes up the information in a space.

In Confluence, you and your team can work on pages together. You can write at the same time, give each other feedback, and compare page versions to see what’s changed.

Pages are more than just words – you can also add macros like calendars, activity streams, and roadmaps to create powerful and dynamic pages that let you plan events, track sprint progress, maintain a knowledge base, and more.

Pages in your site may use the new editor or the legacy editor. This page explains how to use both editors.

Use these links to jump to the section detailing the editor you use:

Which editor does your page use?

You can see which editor your page uses by looking at the differences in the editor toolbar.

  • The New editor: Includes Publish… or Update and Close buttons in the top menu and the emoji icon

  • The Legacy editor: Has earlier versions of text-color picker and page formatting

New editor
ConfluenceCloud_NewEditor_Toolbar
Legacy editor
Image highlights the unique tools that make the toolbar in the legacy editor different than the one in the new editor

New editor

This section provides the details for creating, editing, publishing, and updating content using the new editor.

Creating content

You can create a page from anywhere in Confluence—just select Create in the navigation, and you're ready to go. If you like, you can select a template from the panel on the right so you don't have to start from scratch. For more information about using templates, see Format a page or blog with a template.

Preview of a template in Confluence Cloud

Once you decide on a blank page or template, you can start adding content to your page.

Creating content from the sidebar

Create blogs and pages in your space by using the + button next to the Blog or Pages sections in the space sidebar.

Hover over the plus button on the Blog section or the Pages section in the space sidebar to create a page or blog in context

You can also create a page under another page using the contextual create button that appears when hovering over the page title in the sidebar.

Hovering over the plus button next to a page in the space sidebar reveals a plus button that lets you create a subpage

Move a page

Adding pages contextually puts them where you want them to live from the start. Made a mistake or changed your mind? Use the drag and drop feature in the page tree to drag the page where you want it or use drag and drop to reorder the pages.

Can't create a page or blog?

To create a page or blog post, you need the Add blog or Add page permissions for that space.

Collaborative editing

You and up to 11 teammates can edit a page together in real time in Confluence. Changes save and sync automatically so that everyone editing sees the same thing.

Image of Collaborator Avatars
  1. Avatars — People who are currently editing have colored avatars, while people who made edits and left the page appear in greyscale.

  2. Invite to edit —Select the plus sign to invite others to edit your page with you from inside the editor. Either copy and send them the page link, or send them a Confluence notification, which will reach them via email and workbox.

Inline comments can be added while editing a page. Only those in your editing session can see, reply to, and resolve the comments. Once the page has been published, any unresolved comments can be seen by page viewers.

Drafts

Confluence autosaves as you go whenever you're using the editor. This makes it easy to create a page and start writing; when you're ready to stop but not quite sure if you're going to do anything with it, you can just select Close in the editor without publishing. This creates a draft, an unpublished page or blog post that you can get back to at any time from a few different locations.

Unpublished drafts can be found in several locations, including the page/blog tree and Recent < Drafts.

Drafts can be found:

  • Under Recents > Drafts in the global navigation (shows all drafts you’ve worked on across all spaces)

  • In the page tree or blog tree where the draft was started

  • In the Pages section of a space

  • In the “Pick up where you left off” section of Home.

Unpublished drafts can be found under "Pick up where you left off" in Home.

Who can see your draft?

Only you! No one can find or view your drafts unless you take specific actions to collaborate with them.

Here’s how it works:

  • If you create a draft, only you will be able to find and edit the draft you created.

  • If you explicitly share a draft (invite via notification) AND the collaborator clicks on the link to open it in the editor, the collaborator will be able to find and view your draft.

  • If you implicitly share a draft with others (via share the link or browser URL) AND the collaborator clicks on the link to open it in the editor, the collaborator will be able to find and view your draft.

  • If you add a collaborator as an editor to a restricted draft (via perms), the collaborator will not be able to find and view your draft.

Drafts you've created and drafts that have been shared with you are visible in the page tree.

If you shared your draft with someone and don't want them to be able to access it anymore, you can change the draft's permissions by restricting the page. You can change the draft's permissions by selecting the lock icon next to Publish...

Delete a draft

To delete a draft while editing, select More actions () and Delete unpublished page. Deleting a draft is permanent and can't be undone.

Shows how to delete a draft while editing and how to save the draft for later
  1. Delete unpublished page — Permanently deletes your draft.

  2. Close — Closes the editor, saving your draft.

You can also delete a draft from the page or blog tree by selecting More actions () and Delete.

Easily delete a draft page from the page tree by selecting More actions (...) and Delete.

Naming content in Confluence

To help your users find what they're looking for, give your pages, blogs, and attachments relevant, easy to search for names. Here are a few other things you should also keep in mind:

  • Avoid using special characters in names, as they may not be found using Confluence search and can cause some Confluence functions to behave unexpectedly.

  • Unnamed drafts are called Untitled. Make sure you give pages a working name so you can tell your drafts apart.

Publish & Update

When you or your team are ready to make your draft page or blog post visible and accessible to other users in a Confluence space, it is time to publish. Publishing a page or blog post makes it available for viewing, commenting, and editing by other users who have permission to do so, and often also those who have access to the space it resides within. Once a page or blog post is published, it can be found through search or by browsing the content tree.

A view of the Publish... button in the top right toolbar from edit mode

To publish a page or blog post for the first time, from draft mode, select Publish… from the top right corner of the editor toolbar.

The publish modal from draft mode

A modal will appear where you can select and confirm a number of publish settings before publishing, including:

Location

Confirm or select where your page or blog will go in the content tree once it is published.

Access

Confirm or select who will be able to view or edit your page or blog once it is published.

Version comments

Version comments allow you to summarize the work you’ve done or changes you’ve made for any given first-time publish or subsequent update of a page or blog post. This description will be recorded in the page or blog’s history and will be sent to watchers via notification email if you choose to notify them..

Schedule publish

Sometimes a page or blog needs to published at the right moment to coincide with a project start, a product release, or a company announcement. Rather than relying on a calendar reminder or a sticky note, you can schedule the date and time your page or blog post will publish.

No notifications are sent to those you’ve mentioned or those watching the page, blog, or the space until the content is actually published.

To make it really clear that the page or blog is set to be published at a certain day and time, the Publish… button will change to Scheduled. A PUBLISH SCHEDULED indicator will be displayed at the top of the page and next to the page title in your list of Recent pages.

No worries if you have to make edits to a page or blog that is scheduled to publish later. The most recent version will be published when the scheduled publish time arrives.

You can also go in and make adjustments to your publish schedule anytime by selecting the Scheduled button at the top right of the scheduled page.

The schedule publish modal opened from the publish modal
To schedule your publish:
  1. Select the Schedule publish dropdown from the modal.

  2. Select the date and time of your scheduled publish.

  3. Select OK.

  4. Once you’ve confirmed all other publish settings, select Schedule to confirm the scheduled publish.

Publish as page or blog post

Before publishing your draft, you can choose whether to publish it as as a blog post rather than having to copy the page content into a blog. Publishing as a blog post can happen the first time you publish or the tenth time. 

To publish your draft as either a page or blog post:
  1. Select the Publish as dropdown from the modal.

  2. Select either Page or Blog based on your preference.

  3. Once you’ve confirmed all other publish settings, select Publish to publish your page or blog post.

Update

Once a page or blog is initially published, all subsequent published changes to it are referred to as updates.

To update a published page or blog with new edits based on the settings you selected or confirmed when publishing, select Update from the top right corner of the editor.

A view of the Update button on the top right of toolbar from edit mode of a published page

To review and/or adjust the settings of your update, select the down carat () next to Update.

the update modal opened from a published page

A modal will appear where you can:

  • Adjust your page’s location

  • Adjust your page’s access

  • Notify people watching the page with a notification email about this update that includes any version comments you may have added

  • Add version comments to your update

  • Schedule your update for later

  • Turn your page into a blog post

Confluence creates a new version of your work each time you edit and update. This means that you can go back and see your page history, and, if necessary, revert back to a previous version of your work.

Publishing or updating closes the editor and takes you back to viewing the page. Once a page is published for the first time, you can find it in the content tree, under its parent page if it has one. If you publish a blog post, it will live in the blog section of your own space, which is organized chronologically. It's easy to move and reorganize pages, so you don't have to worry if you've published to the wrong place.

More actions

From the More actions menu (…) in the toolbar, you can also choose from the following actions while editing:

Draft state
more actions menu from the draft state
  1. Preview — See what the published page will look like.

  2. Templates & import doc – Open a sidebar on the right of your screen where you can access a selection of templates, and/or convert an external document into a Confluence page.

  3. Add labels — Tag the page with descriptive terms that can be used when searching or by macros added to pages and blogs.

  4. Move – Change the location of a page within a space, or from one space to another.

  5. Resolved comments — If the page had inline comments that were resolved, you can see how many there are, and selecting this item displays all the comments that were resolved, who resolved them, and provides the ability to reopen the comment.

  6. Delete unpublished page — Lets you delete your draft with ease

Published state
the more actions menu from published state
  1. Update without notifying watchers – Update this page without triggering any notifications to those watching the page or the space it’s in. This is really helpful when making small changes that don’t warrant a notification.

  2. Preview — See what the published page will look like.

  3. View changes — See the changes to the page between the previously published version and now. This will also let you see a summary of the changes which have happened during a collaborative editing session.

  4. Add labels — Tag the page with descriptive terms that can be used when searching or by macros added to pages and blogs.

  5. Move – Change the location of a page within a space, or from one space to another.

  6. Resolved comments — If the page had inline comments that were resolved, you can see how many there are, and selecting this item displays all the comments that were resolved, who resolved them, and provides the ability to reopen the comment.

  7. Revert to previous version — Lets you close the page and discard any changes that were made since the last published version.

You can also open the Publish or Update modal anytime using a keyboard shortcut!

  • Mac — command + Shift + Enter                   

  • Windows — Ctrl + Shift + Enter

Page versions and history

Version control is useful when you've got numerous people working on the same page. You can see how the page has changed over time, with each successive publish. You can also revert back to an old version if you decide you don't like some of the recent changes.

To delete a version of a page:

  1. Go to the page and select  > Page History

  2. Select Delete next to the version you want to delete

Once you've deleted a version, the other versions will be re-numbered. For example, if you delete version 2, version 3 becomes the new version 2.

Deleting a page version is permanent. It won't be moved to the trash, so you can't restore a deleted version.

To restore a version of a page:

  1. Go to the page and select  > Page History

  2. Select Restore this version beside the version you want to restore (or at the top of the page if you've opened the version)

  3. Change the default change comment if necessary, and select OK

All page history is retained, so if you decide to restore an old version, it won't delete any of the versions that came after it. Instead, Confluence creates a copy of that old version as the latest version.

Comparing versions

Want to see what's changed between versions? Use the comparison view to help you figure it out.

  1. Go to the page and select  > Page History

  2. Select the versions you want to compare by selecting the check boxes beside them

  3. Select Compare selected versions

You'll see the page comparison view showing the differences between the selected versions. To make the changes more distinguishable, all large sections of unchanged text are hidden and reduced to an ellipsis ().

Editing and unpublished changes

If you want to edit a published page, you can select edit, or just type E to open the editor. As with a draft, autosave retains these changes, and you can get back to them by editing the page again.

Anyone else who edits that page also sees your unpublished changes. If you're concerned about this, add editing restrictions to the page until you're ready to update with those changes.

While a page has unpublished edits, Confluence displays an unpublished changes badge next to the page title, to remind you to publish. This only displays for people who've made unpublished changes, so you needn't worry about the badge distracting your viewers.

We recommend updating frequently; each time you update, Confluence creates a new version of your page or blog, which not only means that it's easier to track changes over time, but it's also easy to revert back to a previous version if you ever need.

View unpublished changes

Want to know what's changed since a page was last updated? Select  > View changes.

Delete unpublished changes

If you're working on a page with unpublished changes and decide you no longer need them, you can discard them by selecting  > Revert to previous version.

After giving you a chance to see what was changed, reverting immediately deletes those changes and restores the previous version. Those changes are gone for good and can't be recovered. 


Legacy editor

This section provides the details for creating, editing, and publishing content using the legacy editor.

Creating content

You can create a page from anywhere in Confluence — just select Create in the navigation in the global navigation, and you're ready to go. 

Create page modal in the legacy editor
  1. Parent page: Your new page will be a child of the page you were on when you select Create.

  2. Space: If you select Create from outside of a space, you'll need to select a space for your page to live in, and your page will be created under that space's overview. The default option will be your personal space.

  3. Page templates: Choose what kind of page template you'd like to start with. Confluence comes with prepackaged templates, which you can alter to suit your needs on both a site-wide and space-wide basis. Any other templates you create will also appear here. Blog posts are slightly different in that they're not a template. They function just like pages, but instead of living in the page tree, they live in the blog roll where they're organized chronologically, and are ideal for sharing news and updates.

Once you decide on a blank page or template, you can start adding content to your page.

Creating content in the page tree

You can also create pages directly from the page tree. This makes it easy to control where your page lives, right from the start.

Simply hover over the page name, and click  to create a new subordinate page.

Create a subpage from the plus button in the space sidebar

Move a page

Adding pages contextually puts them where you want them to live from the start. Made a mistake or changed your mind? Use the drag and drop feature in the page tree to drag the page where you want it or use drag and drop to reorder the pages.

Can't create a page or blog?

To create a page or blog post, you need the Add Blog or Add page permissions for that space.

Collaborative editing

You and up to 11 teammates can edit a page together in real time in Confluence. Changes save and sync automatically, so that everyone editing sees the same thing. 

  1. Invite to edit: Click on the plus sign to invite others to edit your page with you from inside the editor. Either copy and send them the page link, or send them a Confluence notification which will reach them via email and workbox. 

  2. Avatars: People who are currently editing have colored avatars, while people who've made edits and left the page appear in greyscale. 

Drafts

Confluence autosaves as you go whenever you're using the editor. This makes it easy to create a page and start writing; when you're ready to stop but not quite sure if you're going to do anything with it, you can just select Close in the editor without publishing. This creates a draft, an unpublished page or blog post that you can get back to at any time from a few different locations.

Unpublished drafts can be found in several locations, including the page/blog tree and Recent < Drafts.

Drafts can be found:

  • Under Recents > Drafts in the global navigation (shows all drafts you’ve worked on across all spaces)

  • In the page tree or blog tree where the draft was started

  • In the Pages section of a space

  • In the “Pick up where you left off” section of Home

Unpublished drafts can be found under "Pick up where you left off" in Home.

Who can see your draft?

Only you! No one can find or view your drafts unless you take specific actions to collaborate with them.

Here’s how it works:

  • If you create a draft, only you will be able to find and edit the draft you created.

  • If you explicitly share a draft (invite via notification) AND the collaborator clicks on the link to open it in the editor, the collaborator will be able to find and view your draft.

  • If you implicitly share a draft with others (via share the link or browser URL) AND the collaborator clicks on the link to open it in the editor, the collaborator will be able to find and view your draft.

  • If you add a collaborator as an editor to a restricted draft (via perms), the collaborator will not be able to find and view your draft.

Drafts you've created and drafts that have been shared with you are visible in the page tree.

If you shared your draft with someone and don't want them to be able to access it anymore, you can change the draft's permissions by restricting the page.

Delete a draft

To delete a draft, select More actions () while editing and Delete unpublished page. Deleting a draft is permanent and can't be undone.  

  1. Delete unpublished page  Permanently deletes your draft.

  2. Close  Closes the editor, saving your draft.

Deleting a draft in the Legacy editor

You can also delete a draft from the page or blog tree by selecting More actions () and Delete.

Easily delete a draft page from the page tree by selecting More actions (...) and Delete.

Naming content in Confluence

To help your users find what they're looking for, give your pages, blogs, and attachments relevant, easy to search for names. Here are a few other things you should also keep in mind:

  • Avoid using special characters in names, as they may not be found using Confluence search and can cause some Confluence functions to behave unexpectedly.

  • Unnamed drafts are called Untitled. Make sure you give pages a working name so you can tell your drafts apart.

Preview

As you edit, you can select  Preview for a peek at what your finished page will look like.

Publish

Publishing in Confluence is like saving a document in your word processor. Unlike a word processor, though, Confluence creates a new version of your work each time you edit and publish. This means that you can go back and see your page history, and, if necessary, revert back to a previous version of your work.

Publishing closes the editor and takes you back to viewing the page. Once a page is published, you can find it in the page tree, under the parent page from which it was created. If you publish a blog post, it will live in the blog, which is organized chronologically. It's easy to move and reorganize pages, so you don't have to worry if you've published to the wrong place. 

Change comments

Each time you publish a page, add a comment about what you changed so it's easier to keep track of how a document is progressing. Change comments can be found in the page history.

Notifying watchers

To notify people watching the page, select Notify watchers from the ellipsis menu. Any change comments you added are included in the notification email. The Notify watchers checkbox remembers your last selection for each page, so if you choose not to notify people, the checkbox will be deselected for you next time you edit that page.  

Editing and unpublished changes

If you want to edit a published page, you can click edit, or just type E to open the editor. As with a draft, autosave will retain these changes, and you can get back to them by editing the page again. 

Anyone else who edits this page will also see your unpublished changes. If you're concerned about this, add editing restrictions to the page until you're ready to publish those changes. 

While a page has unpublished edits on it, Confluence will display an unpublished changes badge next to the page title, to remind you to publish. This only shows to people who've made unpublished changes, so you needn't worry about the badge distracting your viewers. 

We recommend publishing frequently, as each time you publish, Confluence creates a new version of your page or blog, which not only means that it's easier to track changes over time, but it's also easy to revert back to a previous version if you ever need. 

View unpublished changes

Want to know what's changed since a page was last published? Select   > View changes. 

Delete unpublished changes

If you're working on a page with unpublished changes, and decide you no longer need them, you can discard them by selecting  > Revert to last published version

This will immediately delete those changes and restore the last published version. Those changes, as they were never published, are gone for good and can't be recovered. 

Page versions and history 

Version control is useful when you've got numerous people working on the same page. You can see how the page has changed over time, with each successive publish. You can also revert back to an old version if you decide you don't like some of the recent changes. 

To delete a version of a page:

  1. Go to the page and select   > Page History 

  2. Select Delete next to the version you want to delete

Once you've deleted a version, the other versions will be re-numbered. For example, if you delete version 2, version 3 becomes the new version 2.

Deleting a page version is permanent. It won't be moved to the trash, so you can't restore a deleted version.

To restore a version of a page:

  1. Go to the page and select   > Page History

  2. Select Restore this version beside the version you want to restore (or at the top of the page if you've opened the version)

  3. Change the default change comment if necessary, and select OK

All page history is retained, so if you decide to restore an old version, it won't delete any of the versions that came after it. Instead, Confluence creates a copy of that old version as the latest version.

Comparing versions

Want to see what's changed between versions? Use the comparison view to help you figure it out. 

  1. Go to the page and select   > Page History

  2. Choose the versions you want to compare by selecting the check boxes beside them

  3. Select Compare selected versions

You'll see the page comparison view showing the differences between the selected versions. To make the changes more distinguishable, all large sections of unchanged text are hidden and reduced to an ellipsis ().


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