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: 

Note that in order to assemble your document, you will first need to create the document and then access the document's page tree:

  1. From the Document Library, click the actions menu  in the right corner of the document card and select Open in page tree. This will take you to the page tree of your document.
  2. Open the Document toolbox located at the top of the page and click Compose. This will open the Document Composer which allows you to assemble your document.

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.