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Creating and Using Templates

If you find yourself spending a lot of time adding similar content to your Wiki, it may be a good idea to use a template instead of building each page from scratch. Templates give you something to work with instead of a blank page - and you can set up multiple templates per site.

Creating a Page from a Template

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To create a page from a template that already exists, click the "Create" button on the toolbar at the top of the page. Templates have their own logo - for example, the "Charts" template is shown to the right.

After you select a template, you'll be taken directly to the Confluence Editor with your pre-defined template content already on the page. Simply fill in the relevant areas of the template and save it as you would any other page.

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Adding a Template

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 If you want to create your own template, you can add one by clicking "Browse" on the top navigation bar and clicking "Space Admin." Once you're on the Space Administration screen, click "Templates" on the left side and then click the "Create New Template" button. You'll need Space Administration access to add a template to your space.

The template creator is similar to the Confluence Editor, but the key difference is that there is a "Template" drop down available.

Clicking on Instructional Text allows you to enter text that will be displayed to the user as the template is filled out, but won't appear on the actual page that is created from the template. Instructional text is useful if you want to provide some guidance to the users that will be using your template to create Wiki content.

Adding Variables to a page lets users fill in fields that are then used to create the content of a page. Each time you add a variable to your template, it will add a new text box for the user to fill in. You can re-use variables if you want to populate multiple areas on a page with the same information.

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