Using the Documentation Theme - how to make it look nice?


Looking to adapt the Documentation theme to look like this:

With the grey box on the right with the childpages in, and the text in columns.

Can't quite work out how to do it!

Thanks in advance,


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David Simpson Community Champion Nov 07, 2011

The text in columns is done using the Section and Column macros.

The grey box on the right is likely to be done with a children macro nested in a panel macro.

For reference, here's the current page that screenshot was taken from.

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Um, that's pretty much the default behaviour for the documentation theme. I think the only thing to check is the theme settings: go to https://yourconfluence/admin/doctheme/configuretheme.action and make sure the "page tree" option is ticked.

Sorry, I meant the grey box on the right, and the text as columns.

You mean you want to swap the column to the right? You'll need to edit the code behind the theme. Although, it should be reasonably simple, as David says, you should be able to re-arrange it quite easily (the wisdom of putting navigation on the right hand side is questionable for most users though - I'd think carefully before doing it!). Start at

I did the using documentation theme. I added some icons and flash files to make it better.

I am still having some unresolved issues with chrome and the flash player

I posted previous comments after reading just the title. but I will keep it as another example of using documentation theme (despite it is not addressing your question :) )

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