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The images below show the menus and other controls on a typical Confluence page using the default theme. The sidebar is on the left of each page. On the right is the body of the page.

Section or option


SidebarThe sidebar helps you to see where you are in the space, and helps you to find pages and other content in the space. The sidebar contains shortcut links to important pages in your space. Space administrators can access options to configure the sidebar and other parts of the space. At the bottom of the sidebar is a contextual navigation section, which adapts depending on the page or blog post that you are viewing. See Finding Content.
Application NavigatorUse the application navigator for quick and easy access to applications that are linked to your site, for example JIRA. Confluence Administrators can add links to the application navigator, for example external websites.

Dashboard / Home Page

Choose the site logo to access to the site home page. By default, the dashboard is the home page of your Confluence site. Your Confluence Administrator may have set a different homepage for your site.


Use the Spaces menu to access your recently viewed spaces and the Space Directory which contains a list of all the spaces that you have permission to view.

PeopleChoose this option to see the people directory, showing all the users of your Confluence site.
CreateCreate pages, blog posts, and other content types in Confluence.


Type text into this box to see a list of matching pages. Select a page to go directly to it, or press Enter to use the full Confluence search. See Searching Confluence.

HelpGo to the documentation for help and support, view a list of keyboard shortcuts, or access other help options from this menu.
AdministrationThe cog icon gives access to the site administration menu. If you are a Confluence administrator or a system administrator, you can access user and add-on management, and other site administration options here. (Note that the space administration options are in the sidebar, not in the administration menu.)
WorkboxView and respond to notifications collected from Confluence page watches, shares and mentions. Manage your personal tasks. See Managing Notifications in Confluence and Managing Tasks in Confluence.


After you have logged in, your profile picture will appear at top right of the page. When you choose your profile picture, the user menu drops down with options to log out, access your user profile, or view your editing history, personal labels and page watches. You can also retrieve drafts of pages you are editing. 


Perform miscellaneous actions relating to the page.

LikeLet people know that you like this page.


Edit the current page. (Shortcut: press e on your keyboard.)

WatchAdd yourself as a watcher of the page, to receive notifications of changes.


Email a link to the current page to another Confluence user or email address.


View and edit labels (tags) attached to the current page. (Shortcut: press l on your keyboard.)

Add a comment

Click in the text box to begin writing a comment. (Shortcut: press m on your keyboard.)

Title and breadcrumbsThe title is the page name. The breadcrumbs show the position of the page in relation to its parent pages in the space.


Shows the original author and the most recent editor of the page, and the date of the most recent edit.

Byline icons

A small padlock indicates page restrictions. A paperclip indicates that the page has attachments. Both icons are clickable, leading to the 'Page Information' and 'Attachments' pages, respectively.

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