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Insert the children display macro

Use the Children Display macro to list the child pages of the page on which the macro is inserted.  By default, the macro displays links to the child pages as shown in the screenshot below. People viewing the page will see only the links for pages that they have permission to view.

Use the Children Display macro

To add the Children Display macro:

  1. When editing , select from the toolbar

  2. Find the item to be inserted and select it

  3. Select Insert

You can also type / on the page to bring up the same list you'd see by selecting from the toolbar.

To edit the Children Display macro:

  1. Select the macro placeholder. The floating toolbar appears.

  2. Select Edit. The right panel opens.

  3. Modify the parameters. Your changes are saved as you go.

  4. Resume editing the page, and the panel closes.

The page links presented using the Children Display macro are dynamic based on the page's children. To change the page titles, go to the actual child page and edit the page title.


Parameters are options that you can set to control the content or format of the macro output. 

If the parameter name used in Confluence Cloud storage format or wikimarkup is different than the label used when inserting macros using the browser or the slash command, it will be listed below in brackets (example).




Show Descendants


Choose whether to display all the parent page's descendants.

If true shows the complete tree of pages underneath the parent page, regardless of Depth of Descendants

Parent Page


Specify the page to display children for, from either the current space or a different space. Enter:

  • '/' — to list the top-level pages of the current space, i.e. those without parents.

  • 'pagename' — to list the children of the specified page.

  • 'spacekey:' — to list the top-level pages of the specified space.

  • 'spacekey:pagename' — to list the children of the specified page in the specified space.

Number of Children


Restrict the number of child pages that are displayed at the top level.

Depth of Descendants


Enter a number to specify the depth of descendants to display. For example, if the value is 2, the macro will display 2 levels of child pages.

This setting has no effect if Show Descendants is enabled.

Heading Style


Choose the style used to display descendants.

Include Excerpts


Allows you to include a short excerpt under each page in the list. Choose between:

  • None - no excerpt will be displayed

  • Simple - displays the first line of text contained in an Excerpt macro any of the returned pages. If there is not an Excerpt macro on the page, nothing will be shown.

  • Rich content - displays the contents of an Excerpt macro, or if there is not an Excerpt macro on the page, the first part of the page content, including formatted text, images and some macros.

Sort Children By

Manual if manually ordered, otherwise alphabetical

Optional. Choose:

  • creation — to sort by content creation date

  • title — to sort alphabetically on title

  • modified — to sort of last modification date.

Reverse Sort


Use with the Sort Children By parameter. When set, the sort order changes from ascending to descending.

Wiki markup example

Wiki markup is only supported in the legacy editor.

Wiki markup is useful when you need to add a macro outside the editor, for example as custom content in the sidebar, header or footer of a space.

Macro name: children

Macro body: None.


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