Page History and Page Comparison Views

Confluence tracks the history of changes to each page by creating a new version of the page each time it is modified. You can view the changes between different versions, and roll back to a previous version if required.

Accessing the page history

To view the history of a page:

Go to the page and choose Tools > Page History.

You can choose a version number to view the content of that version.


Screenshot: Page history



Viewing an older version of a page

To view a specific version of a page:

  1. Go to the page and choose Tools > Page History.

  2. Choose a version number to view the contents of that version of the page. You will see a header like this, at the top of the old version of the page:

If you want to send this page version to someone, copy and paste the URL from your browser. The link will look something like this: http://confluence.atlassian.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=12345.

When you are viewing a specific version of the page, the following functions are available:

Function

Description

current version

View the latest version of the page.

Compare with Current

Compare the differences between the version of the page you are viewing and the current version.

Restore this Version

Roll back the content of the page to the previous version that you are viewing.

View Page History

Return to the list of page versions.

<< Previous and Next >>

View the previous or next version of the page.

Restoring an older version of a page

You can roll back the content of the page to a specific version.

To restore an older version of a page:

  1. Go to the page and choose Tools > Page History.

  2. Choose Restore this version beside the version you want to restore.
  3. Change the default comment if necessary, and choose OK.
Notes
  • All page history is retained. Restoring an older version creates a copy of that version. For example, if you restore version 39, Confluence will create a copy of version 39. This copy will become the new, current version.
  • If you are viewing a specific version of a page, you can restore that version of the page by choosing Restore this Version at the top of the page.

Deleting a specific version of a page

Choose Delete next to a version, to remove that version. See Deleting a Page.

Viewing the changes made to a page

Using the page history view or the page information view, you can see the recent changes made to a page.

To view recent changes made to a page:

  1. Choose Tools > Page Information.
  2. In the section titled 'Recent Changes' you will see the most recent versions of the page, along with the date of their modification and the name of the modifying author.
  3. Choose View Changes beside the required version. The page comparison view is displayed, showing the differences between the selected and previous versions.

Comparing two versions of a page

To compare two versions of a page:

  1. Go to the page and choose Tools > Page History.

  2. Choose the versions you want to compare by selecting the check boxes beside them.
  3. Choose Compare selected versions. The page comparison view is displayed, showing the differences between the selected versions.

Changes are highlighted in different colours, as shown in this table:

Highlighted colour

Meaning

Green

Added content

Red

Deleted content

Blue

Changed formatting



Screenshot: Comparing changes

More options on the comparison view

When a page comparison view is first displayed, all large sections of unchanged text are hidden and reduced to an ellipsis, like this: . . .

You can view page changes between versions which are adjacent to your current page comparison view. Click the link containing:

  • << to view the page comparison with the earlier adjacent version
  • >> to view the page comparison with the more recent adjacent version.

For example, if your page comparison view is between v. 30 and v. 34 of a page, you can view changes between:

  • v. 29 and v. 30 by clicking << Changes from 29 to 30
  • v. 34 and v. 35 by clicking Changes from 34 to 35 >>

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