Recent Activity widget

Use the Recent Activity widget to display a feed of newly created content. Users can then select content in the feed to go to it. When configuring the widget, you can select from which channels it displays content.

The feed only displays the last 30 days of activity.

The Recent Activity widget on a page.

Sections in this article:

What's in the feed

The Recent Activity widget shows the following actions if a corresponding channel is connected as a source:

  • New blog articles
  • New calendar events
  • New forum topics
  • New files
  • New file versions
  • New wiki articles
  • New wiki versions

These actions cause feed items to update:

  • Changing the name of content will also update the name of the content in the feed.
  • Deleting content will result in it being removed from the feed.

These actions have no effect on existing feed items:

  • Archiving content. Archived content is not marked in the widget.
  • Moving content. Moved content stays in the feed even if it is moved to a channel that is not a source for the widget. If the feed item's channel is displayed, it will display the channel or folder that the content was published to.

Set up

Follow these steps to set up this widget:

  1. Place a  Recent Activity widget on a page, space, or dashboard. For more information, see Placing and setting up a widget
  2. Select the placed widget's Edit button.
  3. Review and make changes to the settings on the Options, Layout, and Appearance tabs. You can find details about the widget's settings in the Settings section below.
  4. In the widget editor, select Update to apply your changes or Cancel to discard them.  
  5. At the bottom of your page, space, or dashboard, select Publish or Save as Draft to save your changes.


Settings Description

Enter a title for the widget. The title appears as a heading above the widget's contents. You should use the title to provide context to the widget and better structure a page's content by clearly denoting different sections.

When entering a title, you do so only for your currently selected language. If your digital workplace supports multiple languages, you should select  Translation and enter a title for each supported language. 

This field can contain a maximum of 140 characters.


Enter a description for the widget. The description appears between the title and the widget's contents. You can use this text to provide information to users about the widget.

When entering a description, you do so only for your currently selected language. If your digital workplace supports multiple languages, you should select  Translation and enter a description for each supported language.


Select from which channel(s) the widget displays content. The Recent Activity widget can connect to:

Access rules determine what users will see when configuring and viewing the widget: 

  • Users who are configuring this widget will only see channels to which they have at least Read access. Users can still select channels that they don't have access to by selecting groups of channels (see step 4 of adding sources below).
  • Users who view the published widget will only see content from a channel if they have at least Read access to that content.

To add sources:

  1. Select add source(s).
  2. Select the content-type tab that contains the channel(s) you want to add.
  3. Search for a channel by its name or a portion of its URL. This search will return up to 100 results and include the pages and spaces that contain a channel that matches the search query.
  4. Select a channel from the list of search results. In addition to selecting sources individually for a content type, you can select groups of channels:
    • Select the All option to select all channels of a content type in your digital workplace.
    • Select pages or spaces to select all channels of a content type below that location.
  5. Repeat this process until you have added all your sources, and then select Done.

To remove sources:

  1. Select add source(s).
  2. While on the Selected tab, unselect the source(s) that you want to remove.
  3. Select Done.
Group Filter

Select which Group's recent activity to display. Only activity from members of this group on the selected Source(s) will display in the activity feed. You can only select one group.

To select a group:

  1. Select the Group Filter field.
  2. Search for the group by its name. This search will return up to 100 results. 
  3. Select the group from the list of search results.

You can unselect a group by selecting the X next to it, or by selecting another group.

Only show followed content (user context)

Select to filter activity based on a user's subscriptions. Of the selected Source(s), only activity on channels that a user is also following will display in the activity feed.

For folder channels, this only includes activity at the root of the channel, and not activity in any nested folders; regardless of whether the folders are being followed. However, a file created at the root of a followed channel and moved to a subfolder will still appear in the feed.

Number of results Enter the maximum number of results to increment by, and to display initially. You must enter a value between 1 and 99. If there are additional items to display, users can select the Older Activity link, found at the bottom of the feed, to load additional results.
Show follow icon Select to add a  Follow button to the widget. Users can select this button to subscribe to all channels displayed in the widget to which they have at least Read access.
Options tab
Setting Description
Choose A Layout Select Default or Compact. The Compact option is best when placing the widget in a narrow side column.
Display the source (Space) Select to display the space where the source channel resides. Users can select this to go to the space.
Channel Select to display the source channel. Users can select this to go to the channel.
Layout tab
Setting Description
Class Enter CSS class selectors to provide additional styling to the widget. For more information, see Applying custom CSS to widgets.
Height Select the height of the widget. Options include:
  • Auto: The leftmost slider position. The height of the widget will increase and decrease to contain what it is displaying.
  • Fixed: Select a fixed height between 50px to 600px in increments of 50px. A vertical scrollbar will appear on the widget if the content exceeds this fixed value.
Appearance tab


Your digital workplace's theme overwrites many of the settings on the Appearance tab. However, the settings listed above are usable.