This page tells you how to move one or more pages within a space using the space's 'Tree' view. This view allows you to:
- Move either a single page or a family of pages, within a space. When a family of pages is moved, the entire hierarchy of child and descendent pages of the moved page (including comments and attachments) is also maintained.
- Re-order sibling pages (that is, pages with a common parent page).
- Move more than one page in one setting.
Alternatively, if you are viewing, adding or editing a page, you can easily move this page (including its family of any child and descendent pages) to a new parent page within the same space or a different space. For more information, refer to Moving a Page.
This feature is very handy when moving a page or family of pages throughout a very large space, as moving pages via the 'Tree' view can be cumbersome to use in these situations.
To move a page, you need the following permissions:
- Edit permission on the page you are moving, and
- View permission on the page's parent page. So if you are moving the page to a different parent, you need 'View' permission on the new parent.
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About the Sequential Order of Pages
Confluence allows you to present your pages in any order (sequence) you choose. The position of a page is reflected in the following places:
- The Tree tab on the space's 'Pages' view
- Exporting pages to PDF, HTML and XML
- The children of a page
- The pagetree macro
- The children macro
Alphabetical versus Manual Order
By default, Confluence will present your pages in alphabetical order. When you move a page to a different position, the order becomes manual for the affected page family.
When ordering pages alphabetically, Confluence actually applies a more sophisticated 'natural' order rather than a straight alphabetical order. The natural order handles numeric values correctly when doing string comparisons.
Now let's consider what happens when you add a page to a page family, by creating a new page or by moving or copying a page into the family:
- If the page family's order is alphabetical, the new page will appear in alphabetical order too.
- If the page family's order is manual, the new page will appear at the bottom of the list of pages in the family.
Changing the Page Order
You can change the order of the pages by moving pages within the page family — simply move the page to its new position while editing the page (see Moving a Page) or while viewing pages in the space's 'Tree' view (see Moving Pages within a Space).
You can also change the order of a page-family from manual to alphabetical (see the 'Setting Page Order to Alphabetical' section on Setting a Page Family to Alphabetical Order).
To move one or more pages within the space's 'Tree' view,
Screenshot: Moving a page
Setting Page Order to Alphabetical
If the pages in a page family have been ordered manually, you can reset the page order to alphabetical as described below.
A page family is a set of pages under a single parent page. In this section, when we say 'page family' we mean the immediate children of the parent page, not including the grand-children.
The screenshot below shows a family of pages in non-alphabetical order under the parent 'Sample Page'. Notice the icon next to the parent 'Sample Page', giving you the option to order the pages alphabetically.
Screenshot: A family of pages in non-alphabetical order with 'Sort Alphabetically' icon
To set a page family to alphabetical order,
Screenshot: A family of pages in alphabetical order with 'Undo Sorting' icon
If you change your mind, you can click the 'Undo Sorting' icon to undo the alphabetical sort. This option is only available while you remain on the 'Tree' tab and provided that you have not performed any other action on the page family. Once you move away from this screen or do something else with the page family, such as moving children in or out of the family, the undo option is no longer available.
- Some people have experienced problems using the tree to move pages, after upgrading to Confluence 2.9. This is a known issue, that was fixed in Confluence 2.9.1. There is also a workaround for those who do not wish to upgrade to Confluence 2.9.1. Please see CONF-12911.
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