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Create content that's superior to the rest on Confluence Cloud

Jimi Abbabiyi
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 Confluence

Calling all Confluence content creators! Content Formatting macros is now available for Confluence Cloud. It’s perfect for all users looking to create great looking, well structured and more engaging content. 

Confluence is a great tool that many teams use to plan, document and share important information, 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.

This gif gives you all the proof you need. No one wants text-heavy, unstructured and hard to follow Confluence pages! Rather create noticeable 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.

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.

Six wonderful macros to get you started

1. Progress Bar Macro

The Progress Bar Macro lets users create a user journey and provide visualisation for documented processes in Confluence. 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.

Example of Progress Bar being used to create a user journey and visualisation for an events planning 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 Confluence 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.

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 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.

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

5. Footnotes macro

The Footnotes macro 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 in Confluence.

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.

Example of the LaTeX macro being used show complex mathematical formulas in Confluence.

Make your content stand out with Content Formatting macros for Confluence Cloud

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, visit the Marketplace listing to start your free trial as a first step to creating awesome content in Confluence Cloud.

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