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Restore archived items to the content tree

Page archiving is a two-way door — you can tidy your space and keep the content in it up-to-date by archiving a page or other content item, but you can also return archived items to the content tree when a project is reopened or when an item has otherwise become relevant again (or if items were archived by mistake).

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Restore an archived item

There are two ways to restore an archived item back to the content tree: 

  • directly from an archived item

  • from the archived pages list in the archive

Directly from an archived item

While viewing any archived item, you’ll see a banner message across the top that labels it as an archived item. If you have permission to restore the item, you’ll find a Restore link in the text of that banner.

  1. Click Restore

  2. Choose a destination in the content tree from the dropdown (this will be its new parent item)

  3. Click Restore

Before restoring an item, be sure to check if it has inherited permissions. If it does, then the item is relying on one of its parent items to control who can view it, in which case you might be exposing it to a wider audience by restoring it. To avoid this, set view restrictions on the item you’re restoring.

From the archived pages list

  1. Scroll to the bottom of your page tree and click Archived pages

  2. In the list of archived items, find the item you want to restore, select the More actions menu (•••) on that item’s line, and select Restore

  3. Choose a destination for the item in the content tree

  4. Click Restore

Restore an item and all of its nested pages (Premium only)

When restoring an item on the premium plan, you’ll have the option to include any nested items with the selected parent item—all in one action. This lets you restore groups of items that were archived together, and maintain their contextual relationship with one another.

Keep in mind that nested restoring is an all or nothing action. You can choose to restore all the nested items you have permission to restore, or none of them; there’s no middle ground.

You can’t restore any nested items you don’t have permission to view.

Any nested item you don’t have permission to restore (or view) will remain in the archived pages list and move up according to the new hierarchy.

Watch out for inherited permissions on nested items. Any nested item “left behind” in the archived pages list as a result of a nested restore action will have a new parent item. If any of these “left behind” items don’t have view restrictions set on them, you could be exposing content to a wider audience than intended.

All items restored together will maintain their hierarchy in the archived pages list, to preserve the context in which they were organized in the archive.

Who can restore an item

Permission to restore an item from the archive is tied to the permission to archive a page. If you have permission to archive an item, you have permission to restore it.

Coming soon: space admins will be able to bulk restore pages from the archive, just like they’re able to bulk archive.

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