Delete or Restore a Page

When you delete a Confluence page, it moves to the space's trash much like an email moves to your email trash or a file moves to the trash on your computer. It's not permanently deleted, and is still retrievable, until you purge the page from the trash.

Delete a page

When you delete a page in Confluence, you're deleting all versions of the page. If you only want to delete a specific version of a page, take a look at the instructions below for deleting a specific version.

To delete a page and all its versions:

Go to the page and choose > Delete (confirm you want to delete the page when prompted)
Note: The Delete option will only appear if you have permission to delete this page.
 See Space permissions.

If someone has applied page restrictions to the page, the restrictions may also prevent you from deleting the page.

To delete a specific version of a page:

If you want to delete a specific version of a page, you need to be a space administrator.

(warning) Deleting a page version is permanent. It won't be moved to the trash, so you can't restore a deleted version.

  1. Go to the page and choose > Page History
  2. Choose Delete next to the version you want to delete (confirm the action when prompted)

Once you've deleted a version, the other versions are re-numbered where necessary. For example, if you delete version 2, version 3 will become the new version 2.

Delete a page with children

If you delete a page that has any child pages, the child pages moves up to the nearest parent page. If you want to keep the child pages under another parent, it's a good idea to move them before deleting their former parent.

Screenshot: Warning when deleting a page with children


If you want to remove a parent page and a large number of child pages:

  1. Create a temporary new space
  2. Move the parent page to the new space (the child pages will move too)
  3. Delete the space

Restore a deleted page

When you restore a Confluence page, you're moving it from the trash to the root of the space. You may want to move the page to another location after you've restored it, as it won't be easy to find at the root of the space.

You need to be a space administrator to restore a deleted page.

To restore a deleted page:

  1. Go to the space and choose Space tools > Content Tools from the bottom of the sidebar
  2. Choose Content Tools > Trash
    A list of deleted pages and blog posts for the space displays.
  3. Choose Restore for the page you wish to restore
  Is your space using the Documentation theme?

If your space is using the Documentation theme: 

  1. Choose Browse > Space Admin from the header

    Note: The Space Admin option appears only if you have space admin permissions, or if you're part of the 'confluence-administrators' group.

  2. Choose Trash from the space administration options
    A list of deleted pages and blog posts for the space displays.
  3. Choose Restore for the page you wish to restore

 

To find the page after you've restored it, choose Pages to go to the root of the space (the page isn't restored to its original position in the page hierarchy). See Move and Reorder Pages for more information.

If a new page has already been created in that space with the same name as the page you're restoring, you'll be given an option to rename the page before it's restored.

Purge deleted pages

If you want to permanently get rid of a page, you need to purge it from the trash. That'll mean the page, and all its versions and attachments, are gone for good.

(warning) Attachments of deleted pages will remain in the database (allowing potential retrieval) until the trash is purged. Once the trash is purged, all attachments on the page(s) are permanently removed.

You need to be a space administrator to purge deleted pages.

To purge deleted pages:

  1. Go to the space and choose Space tools > Content Tools from the bottom of the sidebar
  2. Choose Trash
    A list of deleted pages and blog posts for the space displays.
  3. Choose Purge for a specific page or Purge All to permanently clear all deleted pages and news items
  Is your space using the Documentation theme?

If your space is using the Documentation theme: 

  1. Choose Browse > Space Admin from the header

    Note: The Space Admin option appears only if you have space admin permissions, or if you're part of the 'confluence-administrators' group.

  2. Choose Trash from the space administration options
    A list of deleted pages and blog posts for the space displays.
  3. Choose Purge for a specific page or Purge All to permanently clear all deleted pages and news items

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