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5 Confluence users simple life hacks

Jun 18, 2019
Alex Kisliak

Posted by Alex Kisliak

Here are 5 tips for Confluence users to help them edit Confluence pages and much simplify the work with this wiki style tool from Atlassian

Confluence from Atlassian copes with organizing all of the business processes and documents, and many Confluence users believe it makes teamwork more effective and creative, as the team members can successfully create, share and discuss all the content for their work in united intranet sphere. You will never be confused with the amount of this information, as all content will be organized with a specific hierarchy, so all the teammates will be able to find what they need and update any page with the help of built templates. So, this way knowledge management becomes more convenient for everyone, and the process of collaboration more transparent.

Despite the fact that the wiki style Atlassian software is really good with organizing all content and information you have, how good are you in working with it? Here are some tips that can help you edit pages in Confluence and improve your work:

How to use page templates

Atlassian templates are easy to use, so don’t hesitate to do that! Basing your new page on a Confluence page template provided by blueprints, you save your time and nerves and create already great page without any effort. If none of already built in templates is convenient for you, it’s possible to download the additional one or several from Atlassian market. Or, you can even create your own template so all your team members could use it in the Space in the future.

How to style text (resisting styling)

This is a lifehack for those Confluence elements, especially for links which resist the application of inline styles.

To fix it, you can put all resisting elements in a DIV or SPAN macro and work with inline styles, but it doesn’t work with any textual decoration.

In this case, do the following things. First you need to find out what exactly built-in Confluence CSS governs the resisting elements. You can install a code viewer in your browser that will let you see what exact CSS style governs the display of hyperlinks in Confluence, or you can google it, finding more information about CSS styling in Atlassian documentation. After you got it, create a new style in the Global Stylesheet. And of course, you can choose any from existing custom themes on the market and apply it.

How to hide a page from a page tree

If any Confluence page has a different purpose or contextual category from other pages, there is a way of how to hide a page from a page tree. To do this the first thing you need to do is go to Space tools and click on Content tools. Select here Reorder Pages. Now drag the page you want to hide to a position “above” your Space homepage. You won’t break any links, and the page will be hidden from its original page tree.

How to edit Confluence attachments

Another thing that will make you procrastinate is editing attached files in a Confluence page.

Atlassian offers a time-saving solution. All users can edit the attachment and save all the changes without downloading and uploading the file back to the page. So you just need to press the “Edit with” button in the top right corner and you can add the changes to the file.

How to use @mentions

Like on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, you can use this familiar feature from the social networks in Confluence. It’s a great way to get some attention from other team members on relevant content. To mention someone you only need to put “@” before the name of the person, and that’s all. Here you are, you’ll get the short answer faster rather than typing an email. And vice versa, in emails somebody may be lost, and after @mentioning the person, he or she’ll find the valuable letter.

Here is another additional lifehack for you. Mentioning your team members with @, you can assign them some tasks.

Hope that after reading this you learned something new about Confluence and now you use it with more confidence. If you need additional information about work in Confluence or basic principles of Agile method and ITSM, Polontech experts are here to help you. We offer both online and offline Confluence training sessions, with the help of which you’ll get more practical skills in work with this wiki-style tool.

 

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