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Indent and outdent content in Confluence Cloud with ease

Hi Community, I'm Ethan, a product manager focused on improving the rich-text editor which supports Confluence Cloud, and the wider suite of products in Atlassian’s platform.

I'm here to announce that indent and outdent buttons are now available on the Editor toolbar in Confluence Cloud.

Indenting and outdenting content has consistently frustrated many users new to our editor, according to usability testing. Whilst the existing indentation functionality remains unchanged, we wanted to make indenting and outdenting easier and more intuitive for users unfamiliar with the tab and shift + tab keyboard shortcuts.

:point_right: What can I indent or outdent with the buttons?

The buttons can indent or outdent the following:

  • top-level paragraphs and headings

  • bullet lists

  • numbered lists

  • task lists

indentation button toolbar gif.gif

:notepad_spiral: Other things worth noting

  • The maximum depth of indentation is six levels.

  • The buttons are disabled when indent or outdent is not possible.

:loudspeaker: Stay tuned for future improvements

We are aware of feedback from our more advanced users that they wish more content were indent-able. For example, when content is nested within other content types (e.g. indenting content in a table). We will track feedback following the rollout of these buttons and use that to help determine the priorities that we will target first.

There is more work to do to improve this functionality, so stay tuned! Please leave any comments or questions below to help inform our upcoming work!

And if you're free and willing, book in some time to chat with my team and I to more deeply understand your use cases for indenting content, and the challenges you face formatting content efficiently to inform our upcoming iterations. You can book in a meeting at a time that best suits via this calendly link:  :slight_smile: 


Thanks all and stay safe,


Srinatha T Atlassian Team Oct 31, 2022

Nice.! Thanks for sharing this  @Ethan Yew .!

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Interesting...I apparently have no need for this...and don't even know why I would like to indent since I only use it on bulletin points...I do recall having images within bulletin points that I've put in a new line (Shift+Enter) and they stuck out...and wanted to shift that...guess this will help...good to see improvements thought I could have thought of other things I would have prioritized ;)

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The function will certainly find an application in our company. THANKS.

Question: Can the spacing of the tabs be set or changed?

Greeting - Gaby

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Ethan Yew Atlassian Team Nov 15, 2022

@Logi Helgu you'd be surprised how many people weren't aware that indenting and outdenting content was possible in the Editor! Rest assured this isn't the only thing our team has been working on, as we balance delivery of both large and small(er)* rock initiatives. Would love for you to share with my team and I what other things you would have prioritised ;) 

*Unfortunately nothing is ever truly "small" when working on Rich-Text Editors (^_^)"

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Ethan Yew Atlassian Team Nov 15, 2022

@Gaby Great to hear this new addition is of use to you and your company! As for the spacing of the tabs, this is not something that can currently be set or changed. Curious to better understand what your use case would be for configuring the spacing?

Hi Ethan,

thank you for your feedback.

Yes, it would be great if we could define the tabs / tab spacing ourselves, so user individually, also and especially using macro layout.
Example 1:
Layout = 3 columns
Column 1 = 2 tabs - spacing medium
Column 2 = 0 tabs
Column 3 = 3 tabs - spacing small

Example 2:
Layout = 2 columns
Column 1 = 2 tabs - spacing large
Column 2 = 2 tabs - 1 tab left and tab right

Ultimately absolutely individual.

I myself am an advocate of Confluence and Atlassian and with it knowledge and exchange without separate files.

Greeting - Gaby

Ethan Yew Atlassian Team Nov 15, 2022

Hi @gaby I'm having some difficulty following what you're describing here sorry (^_^)" if it's easier to explain this over a call, feel free to book some time with my team and I using my Calendly meeting link: 

Or alternatively, feel free to share a recording of what you're describing to my email: :) 


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