Scroll Documents introduces the concept of a document to Confluence. This article explains exactly what Scroll Documents defines as a document, and how this app improves document management in Confluence.

What's a document?

In terms of scope, a document is comprised of a page and all of that page's descendants:

But these pages can also be assembled and even referenced from anywhere in your Confluence instance. You can learn more about how to assemble a document in our tutorial: 

Essentially, documents are a new scope of content in Confluence that's larger than a page, but smaller than a space. And that's what Documents are best used for – managing content that's too long for a single page, but isn't large enough to warrant its own space. 

What can I do with documents?

Of course, this parent/descendant page relationship already exists in Confluence. But the big advantage of creating documents is that you can use Scroll Documents to manage all a document's pages as a single unit of content.

Let's have a look at a concrete example – an employee handbook with its different sections on different pages separated into a subtree of pages:

Normally in Confluence, you couldn't manage this employee handbook as a single unit. For example, you wouldn't be able to create versions of or collect metadata about the document as a whole – only the individual pages in the document.

However, if you mark the handbook as a document, you can use Scroll Documents' range of features to manage the handbook as one discrete unit of content:

Take advantage of the document management features to: 

Next steps

Now you've learned all about what documents are, go ahead and create your first one – either from existing pages, or totally from scratch.