If a Page gets copied will it automatically update when the original does?

So we have a Page that holds a document that we want to COPY to other Spaces, but that document will potentially change in the future and we're wondering if there is a way to make all the copies to update as well.

We haven't been able to find directions or context on how to do that, hence, we're asking here 🤔

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Absolutely not. 

The whole point of a COPY is that you create something that is the same as the original because the original has stuff you want to use, but then you want to take the new page in a different direction.

However, you don't want a "copy", you want something that refers to a common source.  This is one of the things Confluence is good at.

Write a *single* page that that will be the document you want to share. Then, instead of copying it to allow branching, simply use the {include} macro to point to it. 

Any change to the source page of an include macro is instantly reflected in the pages including it.

Sounds like a fair deal. Thanks, this was really helpful. Marking as solution.

What if you want to have a master copy of a page in one workspace and several slave copies in other workspaces.

A different use case than the one you discuss. 

Thanks. 

Ann Worley Atlassian Team Aug 04, 2017

You should be able to use the Excerpt Macro and Excerpt Include Macro, as Nic hinted. You use the excerpt macro on the primary copy to designate what to include on the other pages, and the excerpt include macro on the secondary pages to display the primary page's content.

As the answer says, use the "include" macro.

Ann Worley Atlassian Team Aug 04, 2017

Yes, it's perfect for the described use case: Include Page Macro

Nic for the win again!

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