Can you link to an MS Office or PDF doc and have it display in the same Confluence page?

Using Confluence 4.2.12: I want to create a Confluence wiki page that has a left pane of links to MS Word or PDF documents. When I click any link, I want the document to display in the right pane of the existing Confluence page (rather than launch a new window to view the document). Is this possible or is there another mechanism in Confluence I can use to accomplish the desired user experience? Thanks!

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Maybe try SharpView (for high res PDFs) and build a hierarchy of these documents with the Documentation theme applied in the space?

(To build / adjust the hierarchy of the docs (pages), in the space, go to Browse > Pages > Tree - and you can move the pages around in the tree)


For Office documents (and PDFs too), you could do something similar with your documents stored in Box, Google Docs, Dropbox, Alfresco with AppFusions DMS plugins, where you can embed the document in the Confluence page.

Thanks for the suggestions, Ellen. Will give the Documentation theme a try!

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Hi, you can use the documentation theme to create a set of "links" to pages in Confluence in a hierarchy. To show your word or pdf document you can embed them in those linked Confluence pages and they will show up when clicked.

Thanks, Harry. I'll try this approach and see how the user experience works out....

Can I apply the Documentation theme to selective wiki pages, or must it be applied to the entire space? I'd prefer the former if possible...

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David Simpson Community Champion Sep 05, 2012
Where are you storing the docs? As attachments to the page? Or elsewhere?

David, I'm currently storing the documents as attachments to the wiki page. Is that a recommended approach?

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As suggested, I've created a hierarchy of wiki pages with my embedded documents in them, then linked to these pages from my primary page. From a user experience standpoint, it's acceptable even though they are technically navigating to a different 'page'. I ended up making the header/look and feel the same for all pages. Thanks everyone for your input! :-)

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