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Create better content in Confluence Cloud

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Calling all Confluence content creators! Content Formatting Macros is now available for Confluence cloud. This is exciting news for all users who want to create great looking, well structured and more engaging content.

Also available on Server and Data Center, the cloud release makes Content Formatting Macros more accessible than ever. Find out more about what Confluence is and how you can use it to create better content for your team and organisation:

What is Confluence and how should I use it?

Teams all over the world use Confluence to plan, document and share important information. Whether that’s by creating entire Confluence wikis that act as organisational intranets, knowledge bases or simply sharing a few key pages with your immediate team, this collaboration tool has a variety of professional uses. However, we can sometimes get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information we have to deal with and provide to others. This can lead to creating or documenting information in a way that doesn't engage as we envisaged.

Gif of a long block of text on a Confluence page

This gif gives you all the proof you need. No one wants text-heavy, unstructured and hard to follow Confluence pages! Instead, create more meaningful content that is easy to read and consume by making the design more eye-catching, structuring the page so that it's easily navigable, or drawing attention to key information by adding an element to it.

Gif of a well structured Confluence page using Content Formatting Macros

Sound good? It gets better. What you see above is just a taste of what can be achieved with Content Formatting Macros. To discover more, let’s take a closer look at how you can use Content Formatting Macros to optimise your content on Confluence cloud.

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Six clever Content Formatting Macros to transform your Confluence content

1. Progress Bar macro

The Progress Bar macro lets users create a user journey and provides visualisation for documented processes. This could be an onboarding process for new employees created by the HR team or documenting an events plan that can be shared with the wider marketing team.

Confluence page segmented by Progress Bar macro
Example of Progress Bar being used to create a user journey and visualisation for an events plan in Confluence.

2. Tabs macro

The Tabs macro lets users break down those long, congested content pieces into easily digestible tabs. This makes your Confluence page cleaner and easier for the reader to follow and navigate.

For example, when creating a marketing plan, many users tend to have all the information sequentially on a single page or they elect to create multiple child pages in an effort to break it down into relevant sections. With the Tabs macro, users get the best of both worlds. They can now have all the information on the page, but neatly segmented into relevant sections.

Extra for experts: For insider tips on maintaining a tidy and organised Confluence across large organisations, check out our Ultimate Admin Guide.

Confluence page segmented by Tabs macro
Example of Tabs being used to segment content when creating a marketing plan in Confluence.

3. Tooltip macro

Give the reader more context by adding the Tooltip macro to any element on your page. The tooltip text is displayed as the user hovers over the tooltip indicator or clicks on it. It’s a great way of providing extra information to a specific part of your content, without over congestion.

Example of Tooltip macro on Confluence page
Example of Tooltip being used on a page to provide extra information about the stakeholder involved.

4. Buttons macro and Buttons Group macros

The Buttons macro allows you to create a single stylised button, hyperlinked to other pages or websites. The Buttons Group macro is used in conjunction with the Buttons macro, allowing users to create a group of stylised hyperlink buttons in a toolbar-like display. This is a great way to draw attention to specific parts of your content that require the reader to navigate to an external site.

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Example of the Buttons and Buttons Group macro being used to create a clickable hyperlink button on a Confluence page.

5. Footnotes macro

Footnotes is a pair of macros that lets users reference and display extra or supplementary information within texts written in Confluence. This is particularly useful for users writing academic texts, journals or reports.

Example of footnotes on Confluence page
Example of the Footnotes macro being used to provide extra information and cite resources for a report written in Confluence.

6. LaTeX macro

The LaTex macro allows users to insert complex mathematical formulas directly in Confluence. Whether it’s inline or block formulas, they are easy to insert and are presented neatly on the page.

Mathematics formulas on a Confluence page
Example of the LaTeX macro being used show complex mathematical formulas in Confluence.

Ready to start improving your space? You might want to clean things up first. Read our blog on how to delete a page in Confluence for more content formatting tips.

Create beautiful Confluence pages with Content Formatting Macros

And there you have it - a few macros to get you started. However, do keep an eye out as we’re always developing and adding additional powerful macros that will continue to provide further value to users. In the meantime, why not start using some of these macros to make better Confluence pages? Visit the Marketplace listing to start your free trial and start creating awesome content in the cloud.

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