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How can I watch a 'space' in confluence?

Q1: I want to watch an entire space (be notified of everything in that space). How do I do this?

Q2: If I 'watch' a page, does that mean I'm 'watching' all pages under it, or only that page? Is there a 'watch +subpages' option?

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Hallo David

To watch a space:

  1. Log in.
  2. Go to a page in the space you want.
  3. Choose "Browse" > "Advanced", and click "Start watching this space".

Unfortunately there is no option to watch a page plus all its subpages. If you're watching a page, you do not get notification of changes to its subpages (unless you are watching the space as well).

I hope this helps!

Cheers, Sarah

Which version is this, or where is the Browse menu?

Hi Matthew,

Where you do not see a browse button I am guessing you are use Confluence 5 yes? If so, then the UI is slightly different then in previous versions. In 5, navigate to any page in the desired space and then click 'pages' in the left hand nav. In the top right are of the resulting page there will be a link that says 'watch this space' with a little eye icon. Click this link and you will be watching the space.

I hope this helps :)


Unfortunately, I did some heavy customization of the UI, and removed most of the "admin" type functions from the individual pages. So I created a macro and an "admin" page that lets administrators watch/unwatch spaces instead. THanks, though!

There is the Descendants Notifications Plugin from Adaptavist:

It will make sure you're notified on any child page modifications.


David Peterson

Hi David

The latest version of the plugin (4.3.7) is not compatible with Confleunce 5.x.

Do you have any plans to update the plugin?


Hi Thomas,

Descendant Notifications Plugin was made commercial for Confluence 5.x versions under the name of Enterprise Notifications.

You can find the details here:



So, in 5.8.5 it's done by clicking on "Watch" and ticking the "Watch all space content" option.

This is how it's accomplished without needing plug-ins.

Here's how to watch a space in Confluence 5.1 (which is what we seem to have)

1. Go to the space (you can do this from any page in the space, too).

2. On the horizontal toolbar at top, choose Browse, then Space Operations at the dropdown.

3. From the menu at left, under Subscribe, choose Watch this space.

If you are already watching the space and want to stop, follow the steps above, but choose Stop watching this space, which will be on the menu instead of Watch this space.

Hopefully this will help someone.

And how about this feature? Please vote!

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