How to Delete a Page in Confluence

Confluence’s key features are essential for creating and sharing information and documentation. Content is created using pages, and there is no limit to the number of pages you can make. When data becomes outdated and redundant, you can also delete the page depending on your permissions.

How to Delete a Page in Confluence

In this article, we’ll show you how to delete regular pages, create a temporary space to move pages, and the workaround for deleting multiple pages.

How to Delete a Page in Confluence

Deleting a page in Confluence will move it to the space’s trash. It will remain there until the trash is purged. However, you’ll only see the “Delete” option if you have permission to delete the page. Check for any child pages or incoming links before deleting them. Here’s how:

  1. Open Confluence.
  2. Go to the space where the page you wish to delete is located.
  3. Select the page you want to delete from the “Pages” section in the left pane.
  4. At the top left, click the three-dotted “More actions” icon.
  5. Click “Delete,” and you’ll be asked to confirm.
  6. Click “OK.” The page will go to the space’s trash.

If you want to delete a parent page with child pages, the child pages will move to the nearest parent page. Therefore, to keep the child pages under another parent, you’ll need to create a temporary space, move the parent to it, then delete the space.

To do this, you first need “Create Space” global permission. To create a new temporary space:

  1. Click “Spaces” and then “View all spaces.”
  2. Go to “Create space.”
  3. Select a space type, then “Next.”
  4. You’ll be required to enter details about the space. It doesn’t matter how you complete the following sections since the space will be deleted.
  5. Select permissions for the space, then “Create.”

Next, move the parent page to the new space – the child pages will follow. Here’s how that’s done:

  1. Go to the space where the parent page you want to delete is located.
  2. At the top left, click the three-dotted “More actions” icon.
  3. Choose “Move,” triggering the Move page dialog box.
  4. Find the new parent page via the page tree by selecting the “Browse” tab. Or click the “Search” tab if you know the new parent’s page name.
  5. Click on the name of the new space.
  6. Select the new parent page or drag your page to the new space.
  7. Choose “Move” after you’ve chosen the new parent page.
  8. Now delete the temporary space.

How to Delete a Child Page in Confluence

Follow these steps to delete a child page:

  1. Open Confluence.
  2. Navigate to the space where the child page you want to delete is located.
  3. In the left pane, click on the chevron beside the parent page of the child page you want to delete.
  4. Click on the child page.
  5. At the top left, click the three-dotted “More actions” icon.
  6. Click “Delete,” you’ll be asked whether you’re sure.
  7. Click “OK.”

How to Delete a Page From a Space in Confluence

Follow the steps below to delete a page from a space:

  1. Open Confluence.
  2. Go to the space where the page you wish to delete is.
  3. From the “Pages” section in the left pane, choose the page you want to delete.
  4. At the top left, click the three-dotted “More actions” icon.
  5. Click “Delete,” you’ll be asked to confirm.
  6. Click “OK.” The page will go to the space’s trash.

Is There a Way To Delete Multiple Pages? Not Directly, But Here’s a Workaround

At the time of writing, there isn’t a direct way to delete multiple pages. The current workaround is to create a temporary space, move all the pages for deletion into that space, then delete the space.

First, here’s how to create a new space:

  1. Click “Spaces.”
  2. Go to “View all spaces,” then “Create space.”
  3. Choose a space type, then “Next.”
  4. You’ll need to enter details about the space. It doesn’t matter how you complete the following sections since the space will be deleted shortly after.
  5. Select permissions for the space, then “Create.”

Next, begin to move the pages to the new space:

  1. Go to the space where the page you want to delete resides.
  2. Click the three-dotted “More actions” icon at the top left.
  3. Select “Move.” The Move page dialog box will appear.
  4. If you want to find the new parent page via the page tree, click on the “Browse” tab. Or click the “Search” tab if you know the new parent’s page name.
  5. Select the name of the new space previously created.
  6. Drag your page to the new space.
  7. Choose “Move” after you’ve chosen the new parent page.
  8. Repeat steps 1-8 until all the pages you wish to delete have been moved to the temporary space.
  9. Delete the temporary space.

Confluence Unable to Delete Page

If you’re unable to delete a Confluence page, it is usually because page or space restrictions are applicable. In this case, the “Delete” option will be missing from the “More actions” menu on the top left. These restrictions are in place to prevent content from being removed from the space. Contact the space administrator for more details.

Housekeeping in Confluence

Confluence is a collaboration tool designed to help teams manage their documentation and information. For reliable use, it’s important to keep the content stored relevant and up-to-date by deleting redundant pages.

The tool makes it easy for anyone with the right permissions to delete a page. When pages are deleted, they remain in the space’s trash until purged. Currently, there isn’t a feature to delete bulk pages. However, moving them to a temporary space and then deleting it is especially useful for removing parent and child pages.

What type of content do you create in Confluence? Do you think its current features and functionality help you get the job done? Let us know in the comments section below.

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