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Confluence Cloud editor roadmap

The new editor has loads of great improvements, and we redesigned other features to:

  • Support more use cases

  • Solve deeper problems

  • Make them easier to master

The new editor has many features you’ll recognize, and we’re working to add more new features. However, not all features that were in the legacy editor will be in the new editor. We'll evaluate features on a case-by-case basis to decide if some of the discontinued features from the legacy editor will be brought into the new experience. 

To find out more about macros that were removed and replaced along with alternate methods for accomplishing certain tasks, check this page.

Keep in mind that you'll have the option to continue to create pages in the legacy editor.  However, there are some downsides to continuing to use the legacy editor:

  • No bugs fixed in the legacy editor unless it's a major incident

  • No enhancements made to the legacy editor

All new features and enhancements are made to the the new editor.

If you have a Confluence instance full of pages created using the legacy editor, you have the option to convert those pages to the new editor. We won’t be converting your pages for you because we know that you know your content best and can decide when it’s the best time to convert your content.

Since there are some differences in the capabilities available in the legacy editor and those in the new editor, we want to make it abundantly clear what will happen to your content when you convert a page.

Our goal is to allow you to convert your pages from the legacy editor to the new editor without data loss and with little to no changes to the look and feel of the content.

When the page conversion functionality is available in your Confluence instance, you can pick and choose which pages get converted and when. You'll also have the option to preview any page before converting it. We want you to feel comfortable with the process. You'll also have the chance to restore a page to its previous, legacy editor version after conversion.

To learn more about the page conversion process, go to Converting pages to the new editor.

Which editor does your page use

When you edit a page, you can look over the toolbar for visual indicators, like the differences between the text color pickers or the inclusion of an emoji icon in the new editor toolbar. You'll also notice that the Publish and Close buttons were moved to the top right in the new editor.

New editor
ConfluenceCloud_NewEditor_Toolbar
Legacy editor
Image highlights the unique tools that make the toolbar in the legacy editor different than the one in the new editor

 

Feature comparison

The new editor has loads of great improvements. When improvements are made, you replace things and get rid of others. Many familiar features are available in the new editor, some are being worked on, and others won't be available.

This table compares the features of both editors. If a feature is planned for the new editor, you'll find our short- and long-term plan for it as well as any Confluence Cloud Support requests we are already tracking.

Feature

Legacy editor

New editor

Will it be available in the new editor?

Alignment

Available

Alt text

Available

Anchor macro

Available

Background color of text

Gathering interest

Breadcrumbs

Available

Bullets

Available

Collaborative editing

Available

Content statuses

New editor feature

Copy and paste layouts/drag and drop layouts

Available

Decisions

New editor improvement

Decision report macro

New editor improvement

Drag and drop reordering of table rows and columns

Short-term backlog

Drag and drop macros, text, and other content

New editor improvement

Embed JIRA links as smart card with bi-directional editing

New editor feature

Emojis

20 emoticons

hundreds of emojis

Available

Findable drafts

Available

Find and replace

Available

Full-width pages

Available

Headings

Available

Image borders

Short-term backlog

Image captions

Available

Image effects

Gathering interest

Image annotations

Short-term backlog

Image sizing

pixels

grid

Available

Image is a link

Available

Indentation

Available

Indented task/actions

Available

Inline comments on images

Gathering interest

Inline comments when editing

New editor improvement

Insert markdown

supports all commands except ||table||

converts when pasted

Available

Insert wikimarkup

insert menu

Gathering interest

Invite to edit

Available

Labels

Available

Layouts

Available

Link search

only supports recents

Long-term backlog

Link to attachments

(alternate method)

Short-term backlog

Link to headings in tables, expand elements, layouts, and info panels

Short-term backlog

Link to stand-alone headings

copy link when viewing page

Available

Link to placeholder (undefined page)

Available

Link text to URL

Available

Lists (quickly changing between numbered, bulleted, and action item)

can switch from bulleted to numbered and vice versa

Gathering interest

Live macros (full preview in edit mode)

New editor improvement

Macro keyboard shortcut

use open curly bracket, exclamation point, and open square bracket

use slash for everything

New editor improvement

Media keyboard shortcut

Slash command is used for all

Media picker

Available

Media from other pages

Gathering interest

Mentions

Available

Multiple authors

Available

Nested bodied macros

Gathering interest

Nested expand inside tables

Available

Nested tables

Gathering interest

Notify watchers

Available

Preview

Available

Publish button

Available

Restrictions

Available

Set location

Available

Share

Available

Smart links

Available

Sort tables edit

Long-term backlog

Sort tables view

Available

Star

Available

Sticky headers

New editor improvement

Styling

Available

Symbols

Symbols natively available through your OS are more comprehensive

Gathering interest

Table cell background color

49 colors

21 colors

Gathering interest

Table types/toolbar

responsive and fixed-width

fixed-width, wide, and full-width

Available

Table/toolbar options

page toolbar

floating toolbar

Long-term backlog

Table visualizations

New editor feature

Table widths/custom

Gathering interest

Tasks

renamed to Action Lists

Available

Text color

40 colors

21 colors

Short-term backlog

Watch

Available

Web linked images

Gathering interest

“What did you change?” comment box

Available

Width options for elements (fixed-width, wide, and full-width)

New editor improvement

Wikimarkup autoformatting

Gathering interest

The Companion app was removed from Confluence at the end of March 2022 and can no longer be used to edit files. Read announcement.

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