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Organize your space

Here are a few tips that'll help you organize your space so that everyone can find what they're looking for and stay on top of what's important to them.

Before Confluence, information is scattered. With Confluence, it's organized.

How do I organize content within my space? 

Everything you create in Confluence, from meeting notes to retrospectives and everything in between, takes the form of either a page or a blog post.

  • Your overview will be the first thing that visitors to your site see. To help them find relevant content, start by curating your overview with useful macros and including information about what is in your space.

  • If you're creating content that's specific mainly to the current time­frame, and won't change over time, create it as a blog post. The space blog displays the latest news first, and visitors can scroll down if they're interested in older content.

  • If you're creating content that you want to last, and possibly evolve over time, create it as a page. Pages nest, so every page can have its own child pages. This lets you organize your content into categories and subcategories.

Using labels

Labels are keywords or tags that you can add to pages, blog posts, and attachments. 

  • Define your own labels and use them to categorize, identify, or bookmark content. For example, if you assign the label "accounting" to all accounts-related pages on your site, you'll then be able to: 

    • Browse all pages with that label in a single space or across the site

    • Display a list of pages with that label

    • Search based on that label

  • Use the Content by Label Macro to create a table of contents for your space that is organized by label categories.

  • Labels aren't exclusive, so you can have as many labels as you want on a page. The page will then appear under each of those categories.

You can also use labels to categorize spaces, to make them easier to find in the space directory.

How do I keep my space tidy?  

If you have lots of people creating in the same space, things can get messy over time. Tame the messy trying out the following.

Create a set of guidelines

  • Let your collaborators know about what parent pages to create their child pages under, so no content gets lost or misplaced.  

  • Decide on standard labels to add to pages, blog posts, and attachments, so all content gets neatly categorized.

  • Mention these guidelines on your space overview to make sure everyone's aware of them.

Use page blueprints

Blueprints are templates that come with formatting, macros and sample content. You can customize these Blueprints for each space. Everything created from a Blueprint will have its own index in the sidebar, so, for example, if you use the Meeting notes template, you can select "Meeting Notes" in the sidebar to see a list of all the meeting notes pages in your space.

The Create modal in Confluence

Create from template macro

Make things simpler for other contributors by using the Create from Template Macro. The Create from Template Macro lets you put a button on a page that links to a specific template of your choice. When the button is clicked, the editor opens with your chosen template applied.

Create your own page templates

Create your own templates for any content that you want formatted the same way every time. For example, if you have to create a regular report tracking the same criteria, create a template with headings, variable dates, tables, and spaces for any graphics, so that each time all you have to do is input the new data instead of creating the whole report from scratch.

How do I help my team stay on top of what's important?  

If you've got a lot of content in Confluence, staying on top of everything may seem a little daunting. These features will help your team save time and track all the content they care about.

Starred Spaces

Add any spaces that you want to be able to navigate to easily to your list of Starred Spaces. This list is in the Spaces menu in the Confluence navigation and in the Space Directory. You can also use the Spaces List Macro to display it on a page or in a blog post.

To add a space to your Starred list, either go to that space and click Star this Space, or find it under the space directory and click the star icon next to the space name.

Access recent and starred spaces from the navigation.

Star a page

If you only want links to certain pages rather than a whole space, you can choose Star for later and these will appear under Recent in the Confluence navigation and on the Home page. You can use the Favorite Pages Macro to display a list of all of everything you've starred.

Edit, star, or watch a page, change the restrictions, share a page, and more.

Watch a page, blog or space

If you want to keep track of all the changes made to a page, blog, or space, you can also watch them. Watching any content means that you will receive email notifications for all edits, deletions, attachments or comments made to that content.

  • To watch a page, navigate to the page you want to watch, then choose Watch > Watch page, or if you want to watch the whole space, select Watch all content in this space.

  • To watch a blog, go to it and choose Watch this blog

You can also manage watchers for your own space. This is useful when, for example, you're creating a new project and want the team members on that project to stay notified of its progress. Go to any page in that space and choose Watch Manage Watchers, then add or delete any names under Watching this space

Watching a page in Confluence

The Manage watchers option is only available to administrators of a space.


Use @mentions for any work where you need someone else's input or want to assign someone a task. Mentioning someone works like a tag—they'll immediately get a notification that they've been mentioned, and can click through to the content. If you mention someone when creating a task, it'll assign that task to them and they can find it in their profile. 

Want someone to look something over, add additional information, or approve anything? Put that work in Confluence and assign it to them as a task. They'll be able to make any changes or add comments in Confluence, and let you know when they're done by mentioning you back. 

Edit the space sidebar

You can determine which items display in the sidebar. You can do this for overview, blog, and any apps, such as questions or calendars. 

  1. Go to the space in Confluence Cloud.

  2. Select Space Settings from the sidebar.

  3. Select Edit sidebar from the Manage space card.

  4. Choose what appears in your sidebar. 

Edit what appears in your space sidebar.

The capabilities and cards available in Space settings depend on your permissions. Sidebar editing is only available to product and space administrators, along with permissions, look and feel, archiving, and deleting a space.

Space shortcuts

Shortcuts are helpful or important pages that members of a space might need to get to often. These shortcuts added by the space administrator.


Space admins can link to pages in the space, other related spaces, or relevant external web content as well as reorder the shortcuts as needed.


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