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We heard from customers that the existing navigation experience can make it difficult to find and access information quickly. We’ve improved the navigation with clearly labeled buttons and menus to help you find and do the things you need to.

When can you expect these changes

We’ve been rolling out the improved navigation gradually and gathering feedback. Starting the last week of May until the end of June, the improved navigation will permanently replace the old experience.


For more details on the navigation replacement plan, check out this page.

Improvements

Rather than just taking the items from the current navigation and moving them around, we merged the global and Confluence sidebars; your space sidebar was left alone and remains on the left when working within a space. This decision was made after thoughtful research and design thinking went into determining which actions were performed most often, and we made sure those were easy to find.

Some groups of Confluence customers will receive the improved navigation prior to receiving Home. For the groups who get the improved navigation before getting Home, they will see slightly different navigation tabs including Activity and Your work. Once Home is rolled out, these two tabs will be replaced with Home and Recent.

Navigation with Home

  1. App switcher - Switch to other Atlassian Cloud apps, like Jira.

  2. Confluence logo and name - Click this to go to the Confluence Home page.

  3. Home - Begin your Confluence journey and reorient yourself when you’re moving on to a new piece of work by easily accessing the spaces, pages, and updates that are important to you. Learn more.

  4. Recent - Access pages you’ve recently visited and worked on as well as pages saved as draft or starred.

    1. Visited - pages and blogs you have viewed, including those that you’ve edited and commented on

    2. Worked on - pages and blogs you created, edited, and commented on; this includes drafts

    3. Starred - pages and blogs you starred so that you can easily get back to them without searching or using browser bookmarks

    4. Drafts - pages and blogs you created and closed without publishing

    When you add a page comment or an inline comment, those actions result in a page showing up in your Visited and Worked on lists.

    An UNPUBLISHED CHANGES lozenge displays next to pages when you have made a change to a previously published page without clicking Publish. Other users who view this page won’t see the lozenge.

  5. Spaces - Get to spaces you’ve recently visited and starred.

  6. People - Search for people on your site by visiting the people directory.

  7. Apps - Access content from apps like Calendars for Confluence, or Questions for Confluence; Confluence Premium features like Analytics are also available here.

  8. Create - Click to create a new page, either blank or from a template.

  9. Search - Find pages, spaces, and other content.

  10. Notifications - Find out what's happening in Confluence and other Atlassian apps, like Jira.

  11. Help - Get online help, and find out what's new in your Atlassian Cloud apps.

  12. Your profile and settings - Go to or create your personal space, adjust your Confluence settings, or provide feedback about the navigation experience.

Navigation without Home

  1. App switcher - Switch to other Atlassian Cloud apps, like Jira.

  2. Confluence logo and name - Click this to go to activity or your work based on what you visited last. If you have a custom site homepage, clicking the logo takes you there.

  3. Activity - Review the updates to pages in your site in chronological order, latest to oldest, as well as pages that are most popular.

  4. Your work - Access a list of pages you’ve recently visited or worked on and pages that were saved as draft.

    1. Visited - pages and blogs you have viewed, including those that you’ve edited and commented on

    2. Worked on - pages and blogs you created, edited, and commented on; this includes drafts

    3. Starred - pages and blogs you starred so that you can easily get back to them without searching or using browser bookmarks

    4. Drafts - pages and blogs you created and closed without publishing

    When you add a page comment or an inline comment, those actions result in a page showing up in your Visited and Worked on lists.

    An UNPUBLISHED CHANGES lozenge displays next to pages when you have made a change to a previously published page without clicking Publish. Other users who view this page won’t see the lozenge.

  5. Spaces - Get to spaces you’ve recently visited and starred.

  6. People - Search for people on your site by visiting the people directory.

  7. Apps - Access content from apps like Calendars for Confluence, or Questions for Confluence; Confluence Premium features like Analytics are also available here.

  8. Create - Click to create a new page, either blank or from a template.

  9. Search - Find pages, spaces, and other content.

  10. Notifications - Find out what's happening in Confluence and other Atlassian apps, like Jira.

  11. Help - Get online help, and find out what's new in your Atlassian Cloud apps.

  12. Your profile - Go to or create your personal space, adjust your Confluence settings, or provide feedback about the navigation experience.

Custom color schemes and site homepage

If you customized your Confluence site to use a custom color scheme or if you chose to use a certain page as you site homepage, you may have concerns about what the navigation change means for your site.

Here’s how the improved navigation experience impacts your custom choices:

  • No changes to existing custom home pages. Whatever page was chosen as the site homepage remains in tact. 

    If you labeled your custom home page “Home”, you'll have two navigation items called “Home”. To help your users clearly understand the intent of the navigation items, we recommend that you modify the name of your custom home page to reflect that it is your site’s home page and not the product’s home page.

  • No changes to existing themes. Whatever theme choices you made, remain as is.

  • No changes made to custom logos. However, no logic is used to ensure that your custom logo harmonizes with the default navigation colors.

  • Some changes to color schemes. During the time when users can choose the navigation experience they use, site admins can maintain a unique color scheme for the new top navigation and for the existing sidebar navigation.

    • The background color set for your old sidebar navigation will remain as is, and the same background color is selected for your new top navigation background color.

    • The Text and icons color setting was removed from the new top navigation color scheme. The new top navigation text color is automatically chosen for you in order to optimize legibility. For example, if your background color is white, the text color chosen provides the greatest contrast with some shade of dark grey; if you background is black or blue, the text color is some shade of white.

Highlight color

Highlight color was added to the custom color scheme. It is used to show the following:

  1. Your current navigation focus
  2. Border color for the search field when in focus

The progress bar shown below the top navigation also uses the highlight color.


Space sidebar

Once you are in a space, the space sidebar remains the same as your current experience.

The space sidebar gives you access to the space overview, pages, blog posts, space tools and app content.


Switch from one space to another


Go from one space to another using the space switcher. Click the down arrow next to the space name to see a list of your recently visited spaces, then select any of those spaces to open them up.


Choose what appears in your space sidebar


  1. Click Space settings in the Confluence sidebar.

  2. Click the Sidebar configuration tab.

  3. Use the toggles to determine what appears in the sidebar.


Additional customization


  • Add space shortcuts - Add important content to your sidebar using space shortcuts. You can link to pages in the space, other related spaces, or relevant external web content.

  • Drag to reorder - Reorder your links and content types by dragging and dropping.


Minimize the space sidebar


You can minimize or collapse the space sidebar to make more room for viewing your content. Use any of these methods:


  • Drag the right edge of the space sidebar to the left

  • Click the left-facing arrow

  • Type [