Adding or Removing Users in Groups

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If you are a Confluence Administrator, you can add users and groups, and assign users to groups, in order to determine their permissions.

This page tells you how to add a user to a group or remove a user from a group. For an overview of users and groups, please refer to Confluence Groups and Manage Users.

You can edit group membership in two places:

  • From the group management screen
  • From the user management screen for a particular user

(info) If you're using Confluence Cloud head to Groups and product access to find out how to do this in your site. 

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Add and remove members via group management

This is the recommended method. It allows you to manage the group membership for a number of users at the same time.

To add members to a group:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration
  2. Choose Groups in the left-hand panel
  3. Choose the group to which you want to add users
  4. Choose Add Members
  5. Type the username(s) of the people you want to add to the group
    • If you want to add more than one member, separate the usernames with commas
    • You can also search for and select users by choosing the search icon
  6. Choose Add to add the member(s) to the group

To remove members from a group:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration
  2. Choose Groups in the left-hand panel
  3. Choose the group from which you want to remove the user
  4. Choose the Delete user from group icon next to the user whose group membership you want to remove

Screenshot: Adding members

Edit group membership via user management

You can update a user's group membership from the user management screen. This functionality allows you to update one user at a time.

To add a user to a group or remove a user from a group:

  1. Go to the user management screen for the user concerned. There are two ways to do this:
    • Either,
      • Go to the user's Profile and choose Administer User on the user's profile screen.
    • Or, Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration
      1. Choose Users in the left-hand panel
      2. Choose Show all users, or search for a specific user by entering all or part of their username, full name or email address
      3. Choose the username you want to edit
  2. Choose Edit Groups
  3. Select the group(s) for this user
    To remove a user from a group, remove the tick mark in the relevant check box.

Screenshot: Editing a user's groups

You can define multiple user directories in Confluence, so that Confluence looks in more than one place for its users and groups. For example, you could use the default Confluence internal directory and connect to an LDAP directory server. In that case, you can define the directory order to determine where Confluence looks first when processing users and groups.

Here is a summary of how the directory order affects the processing:

  • The order of the directories is the order in which they will be searched for users and groups.
  • Changes to users and groups will be made only in the first directory where the application has permission to make changes.
See Managing Multiple Directories.

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Last modified on Dec 12, 2019

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