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How to automatically expand / show all child pages in the sidebar in Confluence?

How to automatically show all child pages in the sidebar in Confluence? I want all my confluence users to be able to see everything in the sidebar directly, expanded by default, without having to manually expand by clicking.


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Hi Gabriella,

It looks like you're using the documentation theme.  In that case, it is possible to expand the pages in the sidebar to a predefined level.

What you will need to do is go to "Browse" and then "Space Admin".

Then, under the "Look and Feel" section, click on "Themes".

Finally, click on "Configure Theme".

Then you can unclick the option "Page Tree" and instead include the pagetree macro in the navigation box.  For more info, look at this page:

More than likely you will want something like this:


The first one will show all pages underneath the home page and the 2nd one will show all pages in the space, even orphaned pages, expanded 3 levels (you could just set the number to something high like 50 and I think all pages would be expanded automatically). The third option will not expand pages by default, but will include a button above the page tree that would allow you to expand all pages.

You'll just have to play around a bit and find the option that works for you.  You should be aware, though, that the Documentation theme has been deprecated and is planned to be removed in the next version of Confluence (and it doesn't work in Cloud anymore at all).

How to do it in cloud version? This should be so simple.

I am also unable to do this in the cloud version given your example.image2017-1-6 15:50:7.png

In my Server version, this option is now separate - under Look and Feel, there is a separate item for the Sidebar, header and footer. Just paste that code into the sidebar section (or where-ever)

Works fine. Thank you.


How to excerpt single pages from expanding?

Hi Gabriella, I think they didn't do it for performance purpose: Every child page must be checked against permissions. Not that it's impossible to improve this performance (cache, etc), but no-one has done it yet.

There's a header and footer section, but I can't see a sidebar option in v10

Is it still not possible to configure this in the cloud version? It is October of 2019. 

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