Confluence tables allow you to present important information and discuss it with your team. Use familiar table formatting options –resizing columns, coloring cells, rows and columns, and sorting the table by clicking the column headers – to view the information the way you like it.

Insert a table

To create a table:

  1. Hit the Table button in the toolbar
  2. Click a cell in the drop-down to set the number of columns and rows in your table

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Edit your table

To resize table columns, just click and drag the column's border. To make other changes to your table, click inside it to reveal the table toolbar.

Here's a summary of the table tools:

Column width modes

  • Responsive – The table will expand as you add content, and you can drag to resize the columns. It'll also resize itself to fit the page-viewer's window size (within reason).
  • Fixed width – Drag column borders to set width. Columns appear at your set size, regardless of content and window size.


  • Insert rows before or after the current row
  • Delete the current row
  • Cut, copy and paste the current row
  • Mark a row as a header row (shaded with bold text)


  • Insert columns before or after the current column
  • Delete the current column
  • Cut, copy and paste the current column
  • Mark a column as a header column (shaded with bold text)
  • Add a numbering column to automatically number each row


  • Merge selected cells
  • Split selected cells
  • Change cell color


  • Delete entire table

Shortcut keys



Mac OS X


Copy the current table row, or the selected rows.



Insert a table. (Opens the Insert Table dialog.)



Paste the table rows from your clipboard, placing them above the current row.



Cut the current table row, or the selected rows.


Alt+Up ArrowAdd a row above the current row.Alt+Up Arrow
Alt+Down ArrowAdd a row below the current row.Alt+Down Arrow

For more editor keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts.

Sort the table in view mode

When viewing a table on a page, you can sort it by clicking the sort icons in the header row.

Screenshot: A colorful, sortable table

Sticky table headers in view mode

In some instances table header rows will stick to the top when you're viewing a page, making those really long tables easier to read. There are a few exceptions, though. Table headers aren't sticky when your table:

  • Is inside a page layout, inside another table, or inside a macro.
  • Has no header row or there are cells in the top row that aren't marked as headers.
  • Has a header column, instead of a header row, and scrolls horizontally.
  • Contains another table, that has its own header row. 
Last modified on Dec 12, 2019

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