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The previous default theme - the Documentation theme - has been removed in Confluence 6.0.

The new default theme has already been installed. New wiki spaces already start with the new default theme.

However, older wiki spaces may be using the Documentation theme.

While most things are the same, there are some layout changes which may cause confusion.

Here are the frequently asked questions.

How does this affect me?

Switching from the Documentation theme to the new default theme can be confusing as there are layout changes to familiar functions.

For example, most wiki space administration has moved from the Browse menu on the top horizontal menu to Space Tools at the bottom of the left sidebar.

What does the default theme look like?

Here's an example of the documentation theme, and default theme with the same custom content side by side:


How can I check if I am using the documentation theme in my space? 

The easiest way to check whether your space is using the documentation theme is to look for a Browse menu in the header, near the Create button. (If you're using the default theme already, you'll see a Space Tools menu at the bottom of the sidebar instead.)

Where should I add custom content to the sidebar, header or footer?

You can add custom content to the sidebar, header and footer in each space individually (Space Tools > Look and Feel > Sidebar, Header and Footer).

How do I turn off the Pages and Blogs shortcuts at the top of the sidebar?

Go to Space Tools > Configure Sidebar and use the - icon to hide any items you don't want to see.

I want to see the page tree, not child pages. how do I do this?

Head to Space Tools > Configure Sidebar and select Page Tree in the navigation options. The default for all new spaces is Page Tree.

Where is Space Administration and Space Operations?

Instead of choosing between Space Operations and Space Administration, the documentation theme has a single Space Tools menu that lets you jump right to Permissions, Content Tools, Look and Feel, or Integrations.

  Here's a handy table of where to find everything in your new theme...
Old Space Operations location New Location in the sidebar
Browse > PagesPages on the sidebar or Space Tools > Reorder pages
Browse > BlogsBlogs on the sidebar
Browse > LabelsClick a label on any page, then use the cog menu to see all labels, popular labels or pages from other spaces
Browse > Space Operations > Space DetailsSpace Tools > Overview
Browse > Space Operations > Orphaned PagesSpace Tools > Content Tools > Orphaned Pages
Browse > Space Operations > Undefined PagesSpace Tools > Content Tools > Undefined Pages
Browse > Space Operations > AttachmentsSpace Tools > Content Tools > Attachments
Browse > Space Operations > PDF, HTML, XML ExportSpace Tools > Content Tools > Export
Browse > Space Operations > RSS FeedsSpace Tools > Content Tools > RSS Feeds
Browse > Space Operations > Watch this spacePages > Watch this space (or use the Watch button on any page)
Browse > Space Operations > Watch this blogBlogs > Watch this blog (or use the Watch button on any blog post)
Browse > Space Operations > Remove from My SpacesUse the star icon in the sidebar (or in the space directory)

Browse > Space Admin > Space Details

Space Tools > Overview
Browse > Space Admin > Space CategoriesSpace Tools > Overview
Browse > Space Admin > TemplatesSpace Tools > Content Tools > Templates
Browse > Space Admin > Delete SpaceSpace Tools > Overview > Delete Space
Browse > Space Admin > TrashSpace Tools > Content Tools > Trash
Browse > Space Admin > PermissionsSpace Tools > Permissions
Browse > Space Admin > Restricted PagesSpace Tools > Permissions > Restricted Pages
Browse > Space Admin > Application linksSpace Tools > Integrations > Application Links
Browse > Space Admin > ThemesSpace Tools > Look and Feel > Themes
Browse > Space Admin > Color SchemeSpace Tools > Look and Feel > Color Scheme
Browse > Space Admin > PDF LayoutSpace Tools > Look and Feel > PDF Layout
Browse > Space Admin > PDF StylesheetSpace Tools > Look and Feel > PDF Stylesheet
Browse > Space Admin > Change Space LogoSpace Tools > Configure Sidebar then choose the edit icon on the space logo
Browse > Space Admin > HipChat IntegrationSpace Tools > Integrations > HipChat

Can I hide or change the space logo appearance?

You can upload any image to use as your space logo, but you can't change how it appears in the sidebar (it's always round and always at the top). 

Can I hide the built in page tree and insert my own? 

Yes! If you want to have complete control over how the page tree appears in your sidebar you can hide the built in page tree, and then add a Page Tree macro {pagetree}  in the sidebar custom content. 

How can I make my page titles wrap in the sidebar?

Page titles do not wrap in the sidebar of the default theme (regardless of whether you're using the built in page tree or have added a {{pagetree}} macro as custom content). There's no way to change this.

Can I change the order in which things appear in the sidebar?

You can change the order of some items in the sidebar, such as the shortcuts, but the order of the sections themselves can't be changed. Anything that has a hamburger icon can be moved. 

Custom content appears above the page tree.  You have the option to hide the built in page tree, and then add it back in the custom content area using wiki markup. This can be useful if you want more control over the order of the page tree and your custom content.

Why don't child pages appear below the page?  

The default theme does not list child pages below the sidebar, but you can achieve a similar result by adding a Children Display macro to the footer. 

Can I restrict search to just this space?

No, that is one of the features we removed with the documentation theme. 

One workaround is to add a Livesearch macro to the sidebar or space homepage. Use @self in the spaces parameter to restrict the search to the current space. 

How do I view the pages in my space alphabetically?

The default theme does not have an option to view all pages in your space alphabetically.


FAQ adapted from Atlassian's Documentation theme migration FAQ. CC-BY 2.5 AU.