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Change font Size / Type

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I have spent more time than I wanted to to try and determine how to change the font Style and Size in Confluence. I see there are basic styling options including things like Normal Text, Heading 1 etc. BUT I cannot find anywhere where you can change the fnt size and type.

I have perused articles going back to 2013 that show images and options that NO LONGER EXIST, require purchase of third party software where the responder admits works maybe 80% of the time etc. The Atlassian documentation, for something that should be so simple, is confusing and pretty much useless.

We have made a decision to base all of our documentation in Confluence, but it you cannot even do simple things like change the Style and size of a font, this decision may require some revisiting. That's not a veiled threat, Atlassian don't give a toss about the meagre amount of funds we inject into their company, it's just a fact. If the product is not fit for purpose, we should look at another product.

So in 2020, using Confluence Cloud my question is:

HOW DO I CHANGE THE TYPE AND SIZE OF FONTS?

Any help would be appreciated.

Kevin

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Shannon S Atlassian Team Feb 01, 2021

Hi all,

Thank you so much for providing your feedback on this issue, and apologies for the late response.  I agree that adjusting the font size can help to create a visually appealing page in Confluence.

We have an open feature request for this functionality in the new editor below.

Clicking Vote for this issue will help the team know how important this feature is to have in Confluence. Please watch the ticket for future updates on the implementation of that feature.

Thank you again, and take care!

Shannon

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Hi Kevin, 

In the base product (Confluence Cloud) it's not possible to change the type and size of fonts. 

It might be possible to do this with a paid add-on, and perhaps someone else will chime in with some suggestions from the Marketplace.

I feel your frustration with the documentation-- it's become more confusing lately with the arrival of the new Confluence editor. There is quite a bit of older documentation that only refers to the old "legacy" editor. 

Best wishes, Sharon

The new look and feel that came with the new editor is frustrating. The font size is too big and all the former nice features with panels being able to create compact graphical designs are gone. Now there is just a lot of air in the pages and i cant do anything about it! And the huge font size is not optimized for high res screens where im able to present a lot of content on a single screen without the need to scroll. Really disappointing!

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It seems to depend on the space owner's decision, as well. In our case, the font size is too small. We don't have your "lots of air" problem; we have the opposite problem.

I believe the idea for the extra "white spaces," or "air," is to make it more legible and less like a wall of text. In the world of advertising and the newer, SOE trend, you want people to be able to pick up on key points within your presentation faster. 

"Presenting a lot of content on a single screen" isn't always good. How many times have you read information and skipped over a good portion just to get to the stuff you are looking for?

The more white spaces, the easier it is for people's eyes to gravitate toward what you want them to see. 

Perhaps the OP, like myself, is not in the world of advertising.  Personally, I'm in the world of high-density technical information.  The point of a large screen, in my world, isn't to be able to make bullet points really big, it's to be able to see lots of stuff at the same time.  ymmv

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Is this still not resolved? Couldn't find any other info :( 

The font size adjuster would be very helpful for small prints or for tables .. Please, consider adding this option

Honestly, what a nightmare this has been. 

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The same removing the links at the left and top of the page that go to your spaces which, for outward facing documentation, you just might not want to happen. The Atlassian solution is to buy a third party product like scroll viewport. 

This is just idiotic. How can you standardise your documentation on a product that is unfit fir public consumption? I just don’t get the mindset of the Atlassian developers.  Or is it just a marketing ploy to force you to buy other products / add ons?

I have been reviewing Confluence for use for all our documentation etc and investingating useful features with cross linking and labelling etc. I hadn't even considered that changign the font size within parts of my page or adding my own styles (eg "TableText") would be an issue. To be honest given this seems to be impossible in my view it renders the product unusable and I feel I have wasted my time - not prepared to be spending every working day of my life looking at massive fonts and poorly laid out pages because I can't do basic stuff. Amazing

Welcome to the mildly upset Atlassian users thread. That's where relationship with your core users starts to break down. Maybe it's worth the profits, who knows. 

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It's 2022 and this still sucks. I can't change the size of tables and the giant font size looks ridiculous.


I used tamperMonkey plugin to increase font size and style of my own choice.

 

There are font changer plugin in chrome extensions which you can use it

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If they want to force you to use their font and sizes, then they need to at least make it work.  I tried several things to correct the font size for that bottom bullet and none worked.  I will figure out a way to fix this but it is BS that I can accidentally get a very large font and not be able to just reapply the paragraph style to fix it.  They give you a limited, mediocre barebone editor and don't make the effort to at least make it bullet proof. 

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If your administrator didn't switch off the option you can use the HTML Macro:

I just wanted some text in a table to be smaller, so I added (with the HTML Macro) the following tag before the text:

<small>

And (with the HTML Macro) the following tag after the text:

</small>

Of course all kinds of other HTML tags would be possible.

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