Table of Content Zone Macro

You can use the Table of Content Zone macro to mark out a section (zone) within the page from which to create a table of contents. You can style the headings as a flat list, and place the list of links at the top and bottom of the section or page, to provide navigation bars similar to web navigation.

Using the Table of Content Zone macro

To add the Table of Content Zone macro to a page:

  1. From the editor toolbar, choose Insert > Other Macros
  2. Find and select the required macro

Speed it up with autocomplete: Type and the beginning of the macro name, to see a list of suggested macros. In this example we're inserting the cheese macro.

To edit an existing macro: Click the macro placeholder and choose Edit. This will open the macro details, so you can edit the macro parameters.


Parameters are options that you can set to control the content or format of the macro output. Where the parameter name used in Confluence storage format or wikimarkup is different to the label used in the macro browser, it will be listed below in brackets (example).






Specifies where in the zone the output list is displayed: top, bottom, or both, which encloses the page zone content.

Output Type


Specifies the layout for the table of contents:

  • list – produces a vertical list, typical of a TOC.
  • flat – produces a horizontal menu-type series of links, for example: [Heading 1] [Heading 2] [Heading 3].

Display Section Numbering


Select to apply outline numbering to your headings, for example: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3.

List Style


Specifies the style of bullet point for each list item.  You can use any valid CSS style.  For example:

  • none — no list style is displayed
  • circle ---  the list style is a circle
  • disc — the list style is a filled circle. This is the typical bullet list, and is the one we're using for this example list
  • square — the list style is a square
  • decimal — the list is numbered (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • lower-alpha — the list is lower-case, alphabetized (a, b, c, d, e)
  • lower-roman — the list style is lower roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi)
  • upper-roman — the list style is upper roman numerals (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)

Heading Indent


Sets the indent for a list output type, according to CSS quantities. Entering "10px" will successively indent list heading levels by 10px. For example, h1 headings will be indented 10px and h2 headings will be indented an additional 10px.



Only applies to the flat output type. Specifies the display style of the links.  You can enter any of the following values:

  • brackets — Each item is enclosed by square brackets: [ ].
  • braces — Each item is enclosed by braces: { }.
  • parens — Each item is enclosed by parentheses: ( ).
  • pipe — Each item is separated by a pipe:
  • anything — Each is separated by the value you enter. You can enter any text as a separator, for example '***'. If using a custom separator, be aware that text displays exactly as entered, with no additional white space to further separate the characters.

Minimum Heading Level


Select the largest heading level to start your TOC  list.  For example, 2 will list h2, h3, and h4 headings, but will not include h1 headings.

Max Heading Level


Select the smallest heading level to include in the TOC.  For example, 2 will list h1 and h2, but will not include h3 and below.

Include Headings


Filter the included headings according to specific criteria. You can use wildcard characters. See Sun's Regex documentation for examples of constructing regular expression strings.

Exclude Headings


Exclude headings according to specific criteria. You can use wildcard characters. See Sun's Regex documentation for examples of constructing regular expression strings.



By default, the TOC is set to print. If you clear this parameter, the TOC will not be visible when you print the page.

CSS Class Name


If you have a custom TOC in your CSS style sheet, you can use this parameter to output the TOC with the specified "class" attribute.


The examples are based on a page with the following headings:

Filtered Table of Contents

This example will filter all headings to include those that contain "Favorite", but will exclude any heading which ends with the word "Things". The list is styled with upper-case Roman numerals.

Output Typelist
List Styleupper-roman
Include Headings


Exclude Headings.*Things

Screenshot: Filtered TOC 'zone' headings

Flat List

This example will filter all headings to render a flat list of "Unknowns" enclosed in square brackets.

Output Typeflat
Max Heading Level2
Include Headings

Screenshot: Filtered TOC 'zone' headings displayed as a flat list

Wiki markup example

This example is useful when you want to add a macro outside the editor, for example as custom content in the sidebar, header or footer of a space.

Macro name: toc-zone

Macro body: Accepts rich text.

Only headings within this block are included in the table of contents.


  • Due to an outstanding issue in the Table of Content Zone macro (CONF-10619), the Macro Browser's Refresh function does not render any parameter modifications. Currently, the rendering of parameter value modifications to the Table of Content Zone macro occurs only after the page is saved.
  • Using HTML heading markup with the Table of Content Zone macro — The Table of Content Zone macro cannot handle HTML heading markup on its own. Hence, if you used the HTML and HTML Include macros to render HTML heading markup in a Confluence page, the Table of Content Zone macro will not create a contents list out of these headings. (For more information on about this issue, please refer to TOC-93.)

    However, if you insert an HTML anchor into each HTML heading on your page (based on the following syntax), the Table of Content Zone macro will incorporate these headings into your contents list.

    <h2><a name="pagename-headingname"></a>Heading Name</h2>


    The syntax for the anchor name is the page name and heading name separated by a hyphen. Remove all spaces and convert all text to lower case. Convert all punctuation marks to their URL-encoded equivalent.

Last modified on Feb 4, 2020

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