Displaying Office Files in Confluence

Confluence can display Office files that are attached to a page. If you have an Office application installed, you will also be able to edit these Office files in your Office application.

These are two of the ways that Confluence can interact with Office files. For an overview of all Office Connector features, please refer to Working with the Office Connector.

 (info) Your System Administrator can enable or disable the Office Connector or parts of it. The Office Connector options can appear in different places on your Confluence page, depending on the themes and configuration of your Confluence site. Please refer to Configuring the Office Connector in the Confluence Administration Guide and discuss any configuration problems with your administrator.


If you want to use the View File macro, or to view Office files attached to a Confluence page, you need the setup described below.
Browsers and Flash Player

You can use any browser to view an Office file on a page or attachment view, provided that you have installed Adobe Flash Player version 9 or later. You do not need to have an Office application installed on your computer in order to view Office files in Confluence.

File Types

Confluence can display files compatible with Microsoft Office 97-2013, and PDF files, of the following types:

  • .doc and .docx
  • .xls and .xlsx
  • .ppt and .pptx
  • .pdf

Attaching and displaying Office files and PDF files

There are two ways to do this in Confluence:

To attach and display Office files in Confluence using macros:

  1. Attach the Office file(s) to a Confluence page:
    • View the Confluence page on which you want to display your document.
    • Choose Tools > Attachments.
    • Browse for your Office files and upload them to the Confluence page.
      Refer to detailed instructions in Attaching Files to a Page.
  2. Now you have two options for displaying the attached document:
    • You can embed the document into the Confluence page, using one of the Office Word, Office Excel, Office PowerPoint or View PDF macros. These macros can be found using the macro browser. Refer to the detailed instructions in the View File macro topic.
    • You can display a list of page attachments using the Attachments macro. People viewing the page will be able to click the View link to see the Office or PDF document in Confluence.

To attach and display an Office file on a Confluence page using 'drag and drop':

  • Drag the Office file from your computer and drop it into the editor window. Only one file can be dragged and dropped at a time. The appropriate View File macro placeholder will appear in the position where you dragged the file. However, the contents of the file will be rendered in full when you preview, or save and view, the page.
    (info) Older browser versions may not support drag and drop - refer to Using Drag-and-Drop in Confluence.

Viewing and Editing the Attached Office Files

If an Office document is attached to a Confluence page, you can view the attached Office document from within Confluence. View the Office document in one of the following ways:
  • View the list of attachments for a specific Confluence page, then click View next to the Office document on the Attachments page. (See Viewing Attachment Details.)
  • View a list of attachments displayed on a page via the Attachments macro, then click View next to the Office document in the list of attachments. (See Displaying a List of Attachments.)
  • View a Confluence page which has the Office document embedded in the page via the View File macro. (See View File Macro.)

Any Confluence user who has an Office application installed will also be able to launch their Office editor from within Confluence:


Problems? Please refer to our guide to the Office Connector limitations and known issues.

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