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Edit a global template

Confluence administrators can edit templates and blueprints that are available across their entire site. For information on how to edit a template that is available only in a specific space, see Edit a template.

To edit a global template:

  1. Go to your Confluence site.

  2. Click the settings wheel in the top right corner.

  3. Choose Global Blueprints and Templates.

  4. Find the template in the table and select Edit.

Using the template editor

Editing a template is a lot like editing a page – there are only a few small differences. Currently, there’s no way to add images or attachments in templates. However, you can include variables, placeholder text, and labels. These features help people using these templates create rich and dynamic pages quickly.


When someone creates a page from a template with variables, they’ll fill out a form with text fields or lists for each variable in the template. The information they provide will be added to the page automatically.

To add a variable to a template, type /variable while editing. Use the same name and type as another variable in the same template to reuse it.

Placeholder text

Use placeholder text to add instructions or sample text to pages created from a template. Placeholder text will only appear when a page is being edited – it’s invisible to anyone who’s viewing the published version.

To add placeholder text to a template, tap + and select Placeholder text while editing.


Add a label to a template to apply it to every page created from that template. This is helpful if you want to create a page properties report to keep track of similar pages.

To add a label to a template, tap the tag icon next to the breadcrumb while editing.


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