Column Macro

Add the column macro to a page to organise your content in columns.  This macro is used in conjunction with the Section macro, and provides more flexibility than page layouts. 

This macro is great for situations where:

  • you need more than three columns, or
  • you need your columns to be a specific width. 

On this page:

Screenshot: page with a four column layout using the Section and Column macros. 

Want a simpler way to lay out your page? Try a page layout instead.

Add this macro to your page

Column macros must be added inside a page layout section, or within a Section macro. 

To add the Column macro to a page:

  1. Position your cursor inside the body of a Section macro, or page layout section. 
  2. From the editor toolbar, choose Insert > Other Macros.
  3. Choose Column from the Formatting category.
  4. Choose Insert

You can then start typing into the macro body, then publish your page to see the macro in action.

Screenshot: section and column macros in the editor

Change the macro parameters

Macro parameters are used to change the behaviour of a macro.

To change the macro parameters:

  1. In the editor, click the macro placeholder and choose Edit.
  2. Update the parameters as required then choose Insert.

Here's a list of the parameters available in this macro. 

Parameter nameRequiredDefaultParameter description and accepted values


No100% of the page width, divided equally by the number of columns in the section.The width of the column. Can be specified either in pixels (for example, 400px) or as a percentage of the available page width (for example, 50%).

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).

Other ways to add this macro

Add this macro as you type

Type followed by the start of the macro name, to see a list of macros. 

Add this macro using wiki markup

This 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: column

Macro body: Accepts rich text.

This is the content of *column 1*.

Last modified on Feb 8, 2024

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