This tutorial shows you how to use the [AtlassianConfluence:Macros] to automatically generate self-updating menus...
There are three scenarios where you might want to automate the structure of your menus:
If any of those describe you, read on
But first, there are some scenarios where you might want to avoid automating menus:
So, assuming that you still want to automate your menus, let's begin...
You can use any macro that outputs an unordered bullet list of items within a menu. Let's take a look at two of them...
This is by far the most common macro to make it's way in to the menu settings:
The [AtlassianConfluence:children macro] basically creates a bulleted list of child pages from a given starting point.
To ensure that children are listed from a specific starting point, use the page parameter as follows:
Voila! That's exactly
Well, not quite. We use the depth=2 parameter of the children macro to automatically create sub-menus for any pages that themselves have children.
how the Builder menu and most other menus are created at the top of pages in this user guide.
The [AtlassianConfluence:incoming\-links macro] lists pages that link to the current page. As such, if you're on a page that nothing links to, it won't output anything
The incoming-links macro actually allows you to specify what to output if there are no incoming links:
. However, as something does link to this page, we will get some output:
As you can see, this macro needs to be told to output as a bulleted list (by default it outputs with icons, but not the sort that are usable in the menu) and because the macro can have a body we've had to include the closing tag as well.
On screen, for this specific page, the macro would display:
Which produces the menu:
While writing this tutorial, we got a bit carried away playing around with other macros and came up with the idea of a navigate menu:
Be warned, if you add this menu, it can get very big! We've included it here as an example of the different types of macros that can be used.