Keyboard Shortcuts, Markdown, and Autocomplete

Want to be an absolute Confluence ninja? Get to know the keyboard shortcuts, markdown, and autocomplete, and in no time at all you won't even need to use a mouse or trackpad. 

On this page:



Editor keyboard shortcuts


To view all Confluence keyboard shortcuts, do any of the following:

  • Choose the help icon from the universal sidebar, then choose Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • When viewing a page, press shift+?
  • While editing a page, choose the question mark icon from the editor toolbar.


Here's a list of some of the most common shortcuts:

Mac Win Result
e e Open the editor
// // Opens the date picker
shift + enter shift + enter Insert a hard break (<br>)
cmd + b

ctrl + b

Bold
cmd + i ctrl + i Italics
cmd + u ctrl + u Underline
cmd + shift + s ctrl + shift + s Strikethrough
cmd + shift + m ctrl + shift + m

Monospace

cmd + x ctrl + x Cut
cmd + c ctrl + c Copy
cmd + v ctrl + v Paste
cmd + z ctrl + z Undo
cmd + shift + z
ctrl + y Redo
cmd + shift + 7 ctrl + shift + 7 Numbered list
cmd + shift + 8

ctrl + shift + 8

Bulleted list

cmd + option + 0

ctrl + Left Alt + 0 Set paragraph style
cmd + option + 1-6 ctrl + Left Alt + 1-6 Set as heading 1-6
cmd + shift + 9 ctrl + shift + 9 Quote
cmd + enter ctrl + enter Publish
cmd + shift + e ctrl + shift + e Preview
cmd + m ctrl + m Insert files & images
cmd + k ctrl + k Insert link
cmd + shift + d ctrl + shift + d Insert markup
cmd + shift + a ctrl + shift + a Insert macro
cmd + shift + I

ctrl + shift + I

Insert a 3x3 table

cmd + shift + minus ctrl + shift + minus Insert a horizontal rule
cmd + shift + h ctrl + h Find / Replace
⌃ + option + ↑ Alt + shift +  Insert table row before
⌃ + option + ↓ Alt + shift +  Insert table row after
⌃ + option + → Alt + shift +  Insert column after
⌃ + option + ← Alt + shift +  Insert column before
tab tab
  • Indent item when in a list
  • Move cursor to next cell in the table
shift + tab shift + tab
  • Outdent item when in a list
  • Move cursor to previous cell in the table
cmd + \ ctrl + \ Clear all formatting
cmd + enter ctrl + enter Publish page


Markdown

Use markdown shortcuts to format text from the comfort of your keyboard. 

Syntax Where to place markdown Result
*italics*
Around the text italics
_italics_
Around the text italics
**bold**
Around the text bold
__bold__
Around the text bold
~~strikethrough~~
Around the text strikethrough
`monospace`
Around the text monospace
# 
Around the text

h1

## 
Around the text

h2

### 
Around the text

h3

#### 
Around the text

h4

##### 
Around the text
h5
###### 
Around the text
H6
* 
At the beginning of each list item
  • Unordered list
- 
At the beginning of each list item
  • Unordered list
1. 
At the beginning of each list item
  1. Ordered list
2) 
At the beginning of each list item
  1. Ordered list
> 
At the start of the block quote
Block quote
---
On a new line

Horizontal rule



***
On a new line

Horizontal rule



(awthanks)
Around the emoji shortcut text Emoji (awthanks)
```
At the start of the code block
Code block



Looking for Markup? We're removing all markup from the editor, and switching to markdown instead. You can still use markup in other parts of Confluence, and you can find the full list of markup shortcuts here.


Autocomplete shortcuts

When you edit a page or comment, you can use autocomplete to add links, images, and macros to your page as you go. 

  1. Either:
    • Type [ and then the first few characters of the page title, user's name, image name or file name.
    • Type the first few characters of the page title, user's name, image name, or file name (or select relevant text) and then press ctrl+shift+k.
  2. Click the relevant link from the list of suggestions.

If the item you need is not in the list, either choose Search for 'xxx' to continue looking for the page within Confluence, or Insert Web Link to link to an external page. 


Screenshot: Autocomplete for a link

Use autocomplete for images, videos, audio files, and documents

  1. Either:
    • Type ! and then the first few characters of the image, file, or document name.
    • Type the first few characters of the name of the image, file, or document (or select relevant text) and then press ctrl+shift+m.
  2. Choose the relevant file from the list of suggestions.

If the item you need is not in the list, either choose Open Image Browser to search in the image browser, or Insert Other Media to open the macro browser and use the multimedia macro to display your file.

Use autocomplete for macros

  1. Type { and then the first few characters of the macro name.
  2. Choose the relevant macro from the list of suggestions.
  3. Configure the macro by completing the form fields as prompted. 

If the macro you need is not in the list, or you can't remember the name, choose Open Macro Browser in the list of suggestions and continue looking for the macro in the macro browser

Use autocomplete for mentions

Use autocomplete to automatically notify another Confluence user that you have mentioned them in a page, blog post, or comment. Type @ and part of the person's name to see a list of suggested users. 


Cancel autocomplete

Autocomplete starts when you press the trigger characters, but if you're just trying to use those characters and want to cancel autocomplete, you can do any of the following:

  • Press Esc on your keyboard.
  • Click somewhere else in the editor panel.
  • Press an arrow key to move out of the autocomplete area.
  • For the link autocomplete only: enter a right-hand square bracket, like this: ]

Turn off autocomplete

You can turn off (and if you want, later turn back on) the autocomplete triggers [ and ! through your user profile. 

  1. Choose your profile photo > Settings
  2. Under Your Settings in the left hand panel, choose Editor
  3. Choose Edit.
  4. Select or deselect Disable Autocomplete
  5. Submit.


Screenshot: User settings for the editor






Last modified on Aug 31, 2018

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