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The Footnote Macro and the Footnotes Display Macro allow the addition of footnotes to a page.

Click Insert > Other Macro.

This displays the Macro Browser, where you can search and select the Footnotes Macro, followed by the Footnotes Display Macro.

Once the Footnote Macro has been added to a page the desired content can be added inside the body. This can include text, images or other media.

Multiple footnotes can be added to a page. For all footnotes to be displayed, the Footnotes Display Macro must also be added to the page. Place this macro where you want the footnotes displayed, for example, at the end of a section or at the bottom of a page.

Each Footnote Macro creates a numbered marker which links to the same number within the Footnotes Display Macro and vice versa. 

On hovering over a footnote marker, the content of the footnote will be shown in a preview box. 

Footnote Content Preview

The macros appear as shown below.

Footnote Macro

Footnotes Display Macro 


The Footnotes Display macro should be placed after any Footnote macro to ensure proper operation.



The example below shows a page with several Footnote Macros.


The example above displays as illustrated below.


Cross-referencing Footnotes

If you use the same footnote content for multiple references, these are collated in the footnote display and the same footnote number is assigned to the reference.


The setup in the example above displays in your page as illustrated below. 

Export to PDF or Word

Pages with footnote macros are exportable in both PDF and Word formats retaining all of the footnote formatting and related links. To export your page, select the required export option (PDF or Word) from the Ellipses menu in the top-right of your Confluence page. The following example illustrates the rendering of footnotes exported to PDF.

Limitations for Mac: If you use Microsoft Word for Mac to view an exported Word document, the footnote links return you to the top of the page, not the corresponding place in the document. Additionally, the in-line footnote links do not return to the corresponding footnote.

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