Enable Edit in Office as a dark feature in Confluence

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Details about Dark feature can be found in Dark Features in Confluence

In Confluence 6.11, we removed Edit in Office and replaced it with a new file editing feature powered by the Atlassian Companion app – a separate desktop application installed on each user’s computer. Since its release, we’ve discovered some requirements that make it hard some organizations to make the switch to Companion.

In some versions of Confluence (see the compatibility matrix below) you can revert to the previous Edit in Office functionality by enabling it as a dark feature.

We're working on improvements to the file editing experience in Confluence. Head to our Community post for the latest updates.

Enable Edit in Office as a dark feature

Edit in Office uses the Office Connector, and will only work in some browsers, operating systems, and applications. Check the Office Connector Prerequisites before you start to find a combination that will work for you.

To revert to Edit in Office functionality:

  1. Go to <confluence-url>/admin/darkfeatures.action
  2. Add the enable.legacy.edit.in.office dark feature flag and select Submit.

You need to be logged in as an administrator to do this.

What happens when the dark feature is enabled

(info) Companion app features and Edit in Office features can't be used at the same time.

Once you enable the Edit in Office dark feature, WebDAV integrations will be restored, allowing users to edit Office documents using the legacy Edit in Office options. Enabling the dark feature also disables the Companion integration, so any functions provided by Companion will no longer be available. 

Compatible versions

The Edit in Office dark feature is only available in certain versions of Confluence, outlined in the table below: 

Confluence versionEdit in Office dark feature compatibility

6.13 (Enterprise release versions from 6.13.6)

(tick) Compatible
6.14.x(error) Not compatible

6.15 (versions from 6.15.6)

(tick) Compatible
7.0.x(error) Not compatible
7.1.x (tick) Compatible
7.2.x(tick) Compatible
7.3.x and later(info) Not required, enable via Confluence UI

From Confluence 7.3, you don't need to add the dark feature, you can go to General Configuration > Office Connector and enable the legacy Edit in office functionality directly. 

Last modified on Nov 18, 2022

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