Is it possible to always show the full breadcrumb navigation?

In our confluence there is a breadcrumb navigation at the top of each page, which reflects the current position inside the page hierarchy. By default this list will be collapsed, for example:

Overview > Product X > ... > Current Page

To use it for navigation it is necessary to first click the dots to expand to a full list, then select the page you want to go to. When working with it a lot this extra click can become incredibly annoying, especially since we have hierarchies that would easily fit the available space in the navigation bar.

Is it possible to set a value somewhere so that the breadcrumb navi will be displayed in its full extent by default?

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: This has been discussed here:

The suggested user option to always shorten or always expand is what I was looking for. However, this post is form 2005 and contains only suggestions. Has this been implemented? If yes, where can I find this little checkbox?

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The easiest way to do this is to simulate a click on the ellipses when the page is loaded. To do that, add the following to your Custom HTML "HEAD" section:



AJS.$('#ellipsis strong').click();



Thanks! I asked our admin to look into it (I can't edit anything ;) ) and will come back to this once I've got his answer.


I know this is an old post but this solution was perfect for my needs. By adding the above mentioned script in the 'Custom HTML' section (Dashboard > Administration > Look and Feel > Custom HTML) you can show the breadcrumbs WITHOUT modifying the breadcrumbs.vm in the install directory. I don't have access to the install directory but I do have access to the Administration section.

Thanks for the easy solution.

I did the same thing as @Matthew J. Horn but wrapped it in a try-catch block just to be doubly safe:

// show breadcrumbs on page load
try {
    AJS.toInit(function() {
} catch(err) {

we have released Space Hierarchy & Breadcrumbs plugin which shows the full breadcrumbs at top of page. One can also create space hierarchy as per need (as for example a product related spaces or versions of product etc). Maybe this is one of solution you are looking for.

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