How to uncheck "Watch this page" check box on comment editor by default

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This is considered a customization, therefore it doesn't fall under Atlassian Support Offering. This has been tested in Confluence 5.8.8


To have the 'Watch this page' check box unchecked by default when editing a page.


  1. Navigate to Custom HTML in Confluence Admin (can be found in Browse >> Confluence Admin >> Custom HTML)
  2. Click Edit button
  3. On At end of the HEAD field, put the following javascript snippet

    <script type="text/javascript">
    AJS.bind('init.rte', function() {
      AJS.$('#watchPage').attr('checked', false);
  4. Click Save, and notice it will be unchecked by default
Last modified on Feb 26, 2016

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