How to create an orphan page in confluence?

Please help me in creating an orphan page

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Wayne Wong Atlassian Team Sep 16, 2014

Hi there,


An orphaned page is a page without any incoming links. This means that, unless you know that the page exists, you are not likely to come across it in the space during the natural course of navigation.

When you are working in a large space with a number of pages, it is difficult to keep track of all of them. An orphaned page may be redundant or may need to be referred to from another page. Confluence allows you to view all the orphaned pages in a space so you can tidy up the space by either deleting pages or reorganising them.

To create an Orphaned page:

  1. Create a parent page.
  2. Create a child page under the parent page.
  3. Delete the parent page.
  4. The child page will be Orphaned.


To view the orphaned pages in a space:

  1. Go to the space and choose Space tools > Content Tools on the sidebar. 
  2. Choose Orphaned Pages.

If your space uses the Documentation theme:

  1. Choose Browse > Space Operations at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose Orphaned Pages in the space operations options.

You can do the following:

  • Delete an orphaned page by choosing the 'trash can' icon next to the page name.
  • Edit a page by choosing the 'pencil' icon next to the page name.
  • Give an orphaned page a parent — see Moving a Page.

Hope this help.

Do let me know if you have other question.

Thank you.





Wayne Wong 

My mileage varies.

I create a page called "deleteme", and then I create the child page, which I want to be discoverable via search only. i.e. it shouldn't appear in the sidebar. 

I delete the deleteme page. The expected behaviour, according to the first answer, is that my child page is orphaned. The observed behaviour is that my child page is adopted by deleteme's parent, so it appears in the sidebar.

My workflow differs. 

Create a page in another space. Move the page to the correct space without specifying a parent page. Result: an orphan page. 

1 vote

Create a page, Go to Space Tools -> Reorder Pages , move the page on the top of the home page (outside of the tree) . 

I was able to create an orphaned page by doing the following:

  1. Create the page
  2. Delete the page
  3. Go to Space Tools -> Reorder Pages
  4. Go to the Trash Tab and select Restore next to your deleted page

For me this successfully restored the page and listed it in the 'orphaned pages' tab. Good luck!


you don't need to delete the page smile 

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