Keyboard shortcuts

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Give a person some space food, and they'll eat for a day; teach a person to rehydrate their own space food, and they're set for the whole mission. Or something like that. Keyboard shortcuts fall into this basket. We could give you a list here, but then you'd need to keep referring to this page. The best way to go is to show you how to find the list of keyboard shortcuts within Confluence.

Your recruits also need to work fast, so you'll need to pass this wisdom on to them.

Find the keyboard shortcuts

To open the list of keyboard shortcuts in Confluence, do any of the following:

  • Choose the help icon  at top right of the screen, then choose Keyboard Shortcuts
  • When viewing a page, press Shift+?
  • While editing a page, choose the question mark icon  in the editor toolbar

What you'll see is a dialog listing the available keyboard shortcuts in Confluence.

The keyboard shortcuts are broken up into 3 categories:

  • General – Global, page and blog post shortcuts.
  • Editor – Text editing and formatting shortcuts.
  • Editor Autoformatting – Wiki markup and autoformatting shortcuts.

You can turn the 'General' keyboard shortcuts off when you visit the General tab in the keyboard shortcuts dialog.

Take some time to open the dialog and take a look at the shortcuts, and maybe find some you'll use a lot. Then, start practising!

Next, we'll wrap up this mission and give you some ideas about where to head from here.

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72 Archived comments

  1. User avatar

    Klaus Feldmann

    Using Windowy XP with Firefox I cant generate Ctr.-AltGr-Q to get @-sign  - it always does a quote like Ctr.-Alt-Q using confluence. In all other apps it works fine.

    How do I change confluence that it does not overwrite standard keyboard settings so that users can use commands in a common way.

    Cheers.

    19 Nov 2010
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      I do have the same problem. Please tell us how to change keyboard assignments.
      Right now I only can type an @ in the Wiki Markup which is very very uncomfortable. How will this resolve in Confluence 4.0 where you don't have a Wiki-Editor anymore.

      06 Dec 2010
      1. User avatar

        Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

        Hi,

        We are aware of this issue with German keyboards. It is currently being tracked as CONF-21173. Until this issue is fixed it is possible to change the keyboard shortcut for all users by following these instructions (http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Changing+Editor's+Keyboard+Shortcuts).

        03 Jan 2011
        1. User avatar

          Paul Roche

          With our french keyboards, it turns out we have problem with the macro (Alt Gr+4) and link shortcuts (Alt Gr+5).

          They automatically displays the headings 4 or 5.

          I was up to change them following this procedure but couldn't found the one for headings (ctrl+alt+1/6).

          They must be somewhere...

          Thank you so much.

          30 May 2011
          1. User avatar

            Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

            Hi Paul,

            The shortcuts for  ctrl+alt+1..6 are located in the file /tinymce3/tiny_mce_src.js. Please see this comment for detailed instructions on how to change them.

            31 May 2011
  2. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I'm experiencing the same problem. It is also not possible to enter macros in the rich text mode since Alt Gr - 7 (which produces the { character on my keyboard) is treated like CTRL-Alt 7.

    31 Dec 2010
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      Here too. With a german keyboard layout ALT GR-7 is interpreted as "no format". How to disable this feature for all users to enable fast macro insertation in rich text editor? this is a no-go.

      02 Jan 2011
  3. User avatar

    Geert Peter de Oude

    When I use "/" on a Belgian keyboard ("/" is situated above ":", so shift ":") I get the Quick Search + the overview of the keyboard shortcuts (which is not preferable).
    I am using Mac and the Refined Wiki Theme.

    Would be great if we could change the shortcuts manually. That would solve a lot of issues with international keyboards.

    05 Mar 2011
  4. User avatar

    Sandro Gehrig

    Geert Peter de Oude is right.

    Also, it wasn't the best idea to put the "hide-sidebar" shortcut on the windows key, it will open the start menu as well. So it is unusable.

    05 Dec 2011
    1. User avatar

      John Crawford

      I agree, it's an annoying usability problem especially for somebody who does not like the sidebar and enjoys navigating a page purely through the keyboard (i.e. search for text as you type).

      01 Feb 2012
      1. User avatar

        Sandro Gehrig

        Dear Atlassian Team

        Even if there are probably many not affected mac users using confluence wiki, please remove this senseless shortcut from the windows key.

        What action requires opening the windows start-menu and show/hide the wiki sidebar at the same time?

         

        20 Mar 2012
        1. User avatar

          Anonymous

          +1 This is tremendously annoying.

          21 Aug 2012
          1. User avatar

            Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

            Please vote/comment on  CONF-22440 - Windows key toggle left-hand navigation bar in Documentation theme. Closed  to get this fixed faster.

            22 Aug 2012
  5. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Is there a shortcut key to get out of a macro content section?

    For example, I type {cod to bring up the code block macro, then I type the code block content and then I always have to reach over and grab the mouse to click outside the code block before I can continue typing the rest of the article.

    It would be nice to have a keystroke that jumps you out of the block without having touch the mouse but I can't find any mention of that in the help.

    06 Dec 2011
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      +1 Vote for this !!!!

      16 Mar 2012
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      +1

      13 May 2012
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      +1 really want this!!!

      16 Jan 2013
    1. User avatar

      twisterino

      On Mac OS X it can easily achieved with Alt+Down arrow

      01 Feb 2014
  6. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Is there a way to adding new shortcuts and changing existing shortcuts ?

    It would be nice to add shortcuts to everything that I see as a menu item. 

    Thanks

    13 Feb 2012
    1. User avatar

      Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

      Hi Anonymous,

      It is possible to create new shortcuts. You would need to write a plugin containing a Keyboard Shortcut Module and have it installed by an administrator.

      13 Feb 2012
      1. User avatar

        Anonymous

         Hi Matthew,

         thanks. This is exactly what I searched for.

        But how exactly can I write a plugin. I thought I could create a copy of /var/atlassian/application-data/confluence/bundled-plugins/confluence-keyboard-shortcuts-4.1.4.jar
        modify the atlassian-plugin.xml and then create a new jar file? However, if I install that as an admin it does not show up and the new and changed shortcuts don't work. Same if I disable the existing keyboard shortcut module.

        Thanks for a tip on how to do that.

         

        14 Feb 2012
        1. User avatar

          Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

          Hi,

          If you just want to add a new shortcut you don't need to modify the existing plugin. Instead create a new plugin with the SDK. Then just add the shortcut module to the atlassian-plugin.xml. Build and upload the plugin using the instructions in the SDK guide and your new shortcut should work. If doesn't check that your shortcut module appears in the plugin admin screen and is enabled. If not check the logs for any error messages.

          16 Feb 2012
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      Hello Jason, This tip is more for Outlook 2010 however Outlook 2007 also has the robibn when you open the Compose email screen. You can use CTRL+F1 to show or hide this robibn
      17 Apr 2012
  7. User avatar

    Osher E

    Looks like the new editor does not implement the full-screen mode (Ctrl+Shift+F)

    It makes page editing very hard on small screens or screens with small resulotions, as the headers, titles, footers and all the wrap takes 50% of the height..
    Although the new editor brings better handling of tables and sections - its hard to work like this! 

    Anybody knows if this feature will be back?

    20 Mar 2012
    1. User avatar

      TtheB

      +1, I also want the full screen option back. Why was it removed in the first place? Atlassian?

      30 Jul 2012
      1. User avatar

        John Masson

        Osher ETim, I did a quick check and couldn't see an existing request that anyone had raised for this so I've created a new one that you might like to put a watch on:  CONF-26234 - Fullscreen edit Resolved

        06 Aug 2012
        1. User avatar

          Sarah Maddox [Atlassian]

          Thanks all. I have updated the documentation page (by removing the description of full-screen mode).

          Cheers, Sarah

          23 Nov 2012
  8. User avatar

    Thomas Wagner

    The Cmd-<number> shortcuts are useless in Safari since those are bound to bookmarks.

    21 Apr 2012
    1. User avatar

      Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

      Hi Thomas,

      You can also use ctrl+<number> to get around this problem in Safari.

      10 May 2012
      1. User avatar

        Ashton Treadway

        That'd be great if it worked, but at least in the 4.3m11 EAP, control-1 through control-4 do nothing; the first header I can apply is Heading 5.

        26 Jun 2012
        1. User avatar

          Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

          Hi Ashton,

          I'm surprised to hear this. I just tried it out with Safari 5.1 and Confluence 4.3 and ctrl+1-4 work fine for me. What happens when you try to use the shortcut? What type of keyboard are you on (US, German etc)? What OS?

          26 Jun 2012
          1. User avatar

            Ashton Treadway

            I'm on 4.3m11, OSX 10.7.4, Safari 5.1.7, US keyboard.

            I have to use Cmd + Control + # to get the headings to work.

            18 Jul 2012
  9. User avatar

    Anonymous

    The Windows (Start) key causes the sidebar in Confluence to toggle show hide. Is there a way to turn that off?

    • Adam
    09 May 2012
    1. User avatar

      Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

      Hi Adam,

      Take a look at  CONF-22440 - Windows key toggle left-hand navigation bar in Documentation theme. Closed  for some workarounds to this problem.

      10 May 2012
  10. User avatar

    Christian Maslen

    I've noticed in version 4.2.2 if I use the Search Confluence box and I happen to have the letter m in my search query it opens a new comment rather than letting me type my search string. It doesn't happen in the version of Confluence hosted here (4.3-rc3). Does anyone know if this is a setting thing or if it was a bug which version of confluence this was fixed in?

    16 Aug 2012
  11. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Is there a way to disable certain shortcuts. I'm especially annoyed by the '/' shortcut. I'd rather have my browser search the whole page for a text but Confluence (and Jira) always steal the focus and put it into the search part. (using FF).

    01 Nov 2012
  12. User avatar

    Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

    Hi Anonymous,

    It is not possible for an individual user to disable individual shortcuts. However it is possible for an an administrator to disable a particular shortcut site-wide. The steps to do this for an admin are:

    1. Go to the administration console.
    2. Go to the plugins section.
    3. Click 'Show System Plugins'
    4. Find the 'Confluence Keyboard Shortcuts Plugin' and expand it.
    5. Click on 'Manage plugin modules'
    6. Find the shortcut you want and click the 'Disable' button to disable it (the '/' shortcut is called 'Quick Search')
    02 Nov 2012
  13. User avatar

    Marc Tamsky

    On OSX, when editing a text area, Confluence currently has two shortcuts that I know of (C-e, C-k) which conflict with system level keyboard actions.

    Are there any existing feature requests to allow user-level shortcut management?

    1. These shortcuts are using the wrong modifier; on OSX, shortcuts should be using the Command key (cf. all Google web applications)
    2. As an end user, I'd like to disable C-e just for myself, and I can't.
    3. C-k should be remapped to Command-k (same action as used by Google apps) (see #1)

    If there are no existing tickets filed, where and under what category should I file them? 

    19 Dec 2012
    1. User avatar

      Sarah Maddox [Atlassian]

      Hallo Marc

      I've found this open issue which seems to match the problem of OS X conflicts: CONF-16081 - Application keyboard shortcuts override browser text editing shortcuts in wiki editor (e.g. Ctrl-K in Safari/Mac) Resolved Comments on the issue are very welcome.

      To file such a ticket, log in to https://jira.atlassian.com (signup is free) and create an issue in the CONF project, under component "Keyboard Shortcuts".

      I hope this helps!

      Cheers, Sarah

      19 Dec 2012
    1. User avatar

      Harvey Thompson

      In Confluence 5.6.5 (similarly other versions) I fixed this directly in the source. It's a little tricky to do, but possible.

      See http://www.610yesnolovely.org/2015/01/17/fixing-confluence-key-bindings-on-mac-os-x.html

      17 Jan 2015
  14. User avatar

    Marc Tamsky

    Yes, I recently found these other very similar issues which do not provide me any comfort that these issues will ever be a priority for Atlassian engineering.

    Confluence:
    https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-7256 (still unresolved, filed in 2006)
    https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-21908

    Jira:
    https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-12378

    I've added myself as a watcher and voted.

    19 Dec 2012
  15. User avatar

    Anonymous

    It would be great to add a shortcut and implementation of dropcaps for the first letter of a paragraph. 

    29 Jan 2013
  16. User avatar

    cdelgado

    Hi,

    Is there a way to escape the wiki shortcuts? I'm writing codes using sq brackets to mark them and it's interpreting them as links, and it's frustrating not being able to get rid of them.

    Cheers and keep up the good work!

    Carlos

    21 Feb 2013
    1. User avatar

      Matthew Erickson [Atlassian]

      Hi cdeigado,

      If you go to User Menu > Settings and the select Editor on the left you should see an option to diable Autoformatting. I think this will do what you want.

      21 Feb 2013
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      Put a \ before the name of the macro then delete it afterward. eg. \{mymacro} then {mymacro}

      How many people are willing to sign an online petition asking Atlassian to fix their captcha software?

      28 Jun 2013
  17. User avatar

    Anonymous

     

    Is there a spell check function I just do not see?

    19 Apr 2013
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      Modern browsers have spell check built into them.
      Chrome: chrome://settings/languages
      Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/language-tools/  

      28 Jun 2013
  18. User avatar

    Anonymous

    No shortcut for insert > attachment?
    Clicking on Insert More Content > Attachment is getting annoying.  

    28 Jun 2013
  19. User avatar

    Anonymous

    No shortcut for indent/outdent (in text not lists)

    10 Jul 2013
    1. User avatar

      Kevin Mote

      Yes, I would really like this too.

      05 Dec 2013
      1. User avatar

        Anonymous

        Me too!! I searched for a way to indent Paragraphs with no success

        14 Dec 2013
        1. User avatar

          Dieter Willems

          Would indeed be nice to have a shortcut for indent/outdent outside the bullet list. 

          18 Dec 2013
          1. User avatar

            Sam Omidi [Atlassian]

            You can use Tab and Shift +Tab

            Cheers (smile)

            26 Aug 2015
    1. User avatar

      Jeremy

      Another vote for this.

      Evernote and MS Word have this bound as Ctrl-M, Ctrl-Shift-M.  But I guess that is taken by "Insert Image".

      18 Dec 2013
  20. User avatar

    Anonymous

    the new single key shortcuts don't really work well.  This happens to me ALL the time now:

    Arrive on page.

    1. type command-f to search in page
    2. enter my search term and enter
    3. WHAT? Why am I editing the page now??

    It took me weeks to figure out that I had typed 'e' in my search term and the page registered it before it landed in the browsers search focus box.

    landing on a page and searching for a keyword immediately is one of the things I do the most. 

    I am a fast typer so I type before the find box even appears on the page.

    I'm on latest Safari on latest Mac OS as of this writing.

    23 Jul 2013
  21. User avatar

    Anonymous

    If I write an abbreviation with a hyphen such as "UTF-8", Confluence turns it into a link (to a page that does not exist). Is there a way to prevent that? I have both Autocomplete and Autoformatting disabled.

    08 Aug 2013
    1. User avatar

      Hans-Peter Geier

      try to escape the - by using \-

      09 Aug 2013
      1. User avatar

        Anonymous

        Doesn't work; Confluence displays the backslash. If I remove the backslash, Confluence will turn it into a link again (it happens on preview/save, not during editing).

        09 Aug 2013
        1. User avatar

          Anonymous

          I should have perhaps made it clear that the problem concerns only the rich-text Confluence page editor, where markup is not available.

          Currently I am working around the problem by using the Unicode hyphen character (U+2010) instead of the ordinary ASCII hyphen-minus, but it is quite cumbersome.

          29 Aug 2013
  22. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Hello,

    I want to save my work after some time but when I strike the CTRL + S then editor gets closed.

    Is there any way that editor does not get close and I can save my work as well so that no data is lost?

    Thanks,

    Rizwan Akbar

    15 Aug 2013
  23. User avatar

    Felicity Chapman

    It would be great to have a shortcut for monospaced text (c.f. Ctrl+B for bold). While you can insert {{ before and }} after the text, this doesn't work for code that includes curly brackets or that is surrounded by parentheses.

    26 Nov 2013
  24. User avatar

    Andreas Deimer

    I saw that there is already CONF-23966 to support a hotkey for monospaced text, but it is long open… Is is that difficult to introduce another shortcut? Is there any workaround (like editing a JSP page etc.)?

    We use Confluence to write technical documentation and use monospaced text A LOT, so this hotkey would save us HOURS or even DAYS of work...

    Thx for considering

    Andreas

    13 Dec 2013
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Andreas, sorry I missed your comment earlier. 

      There is actually an autoconvert for monospaced text.  type {{ at the start of your text and }} at the end to convert it to monsospace like this.

      If you have entire paragraphs to make monospace, the noformat macro can be a good alternative also. 

      04 Feb 2014
      1. User avatar

        John Rocha

        That auto-convert doesn't work if the text already has formatting on it such as Italics.

        Easy to reproduce too:

         

        1. Create a text block and use CTRL+I to make it italic
        2. Place cursor before and add {{ and then place cursor after for the }} and it ignores the monospace.

        I know the flippant response is to do monospace while typing, but if we deploy confluence we will be importing word document, and we've seen that it will import the italics, but not the courier font so we have to go and fix all the monospace import issues after the fact. 

        31 Jul 2015
    1. User avatar

      Antti Hietala

      Add a keyboard shortcut for monospace with the Greasemonkey script that John Ribeiro posted in CONF-23966.

      05 Mar 2015
  25. User avatar

    Steve McMillen

    When in the editor in Chrome, confluence seems to "eat up" shortcuts that it does not implement itself.  AFAICT, this only happen for chrome plugins - systems seems to still get shortcuts, I suspect because system gets them 1st.

    Seems like a bug in confluence editor that its not re-propagating keyboard shortcuts it does not use.

    Atlassian, pls fix this.  

    04 Feb 2014
  26. User avatar

    Steve McMillen

    When in the editor in Chrome on MacOS, confluence seems to "eat up" shortcuts that it does not implement itself.  AFAICT, this only happen for chrome plugins - systems seems to still get shortcuts, I suspect because system gets them 1st.

    For example, Cmd-Opt-T for any other window launches my tab manager.  In the editor, if my cursor is in the title edit field, the tab mgr is still launched.  But if the cursor is in the editor window, I'm out of luck!!  Even though Cmd-Opt-T is not selected.

    Seems like a pretty obvious bug in confluence editor that its not re-propagating keyboard shortcuts it does not use. 

    Atlassian, pls pls fix this. 

    04 Feb 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Steve, there is an issue relating to conflicts with Chrome shortcuts here CONF-27586 - Confluence keyboard shortcut for numbered headings conflicts with Chrome incognito mode Open . Feel free to add a comment about the behaviour you have experienced with shortcuts.  

      04 Feb 2014
  27. User avatar

    Jan-Peter Rusch

    Hi,

    I'm using a german keyboard layout. Entering / opens the help dialog (as does ?) instead of quick search. This happens on all three browsers I'm using (Firefox 32, Chrome 38, IE 11). Using Confluence 5.5.4 & Confluence 5.6.

    Is there any setting I could change to get this working?

    Jan

    04 Sep 2014
  28. User avatar

    Christopher Rogers

    Does an admin have the ability to change the date picker format (//) from dd-mmm-YYYY to mm/dd/yyyy?

    21 Nov 2014
  29. User avatar

    Moritz Wilhelm

    Hey, is it also possible to add a full date range ? Or am I only able to set "datepick" - "datepick".

     

    Thks

    Moritz

    18 Mar 2015
    1. User avatar

      Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Moritz,

      You would have to add the two date pickers, as there's no way to pick a date range. Feel free to make a feature suggestion if you like.

      18 Mar 2015
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