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A new way to view Excel files in Confluence

Hi Community 👋,

My name is Shalu Pandey, and I’m a product manager working on Confluence Ecosystem features for Confluence Cloud.

I’m happy to share that the Excel Macro has gotten an upgrade, making it easier to view embedded Excel files in Confluence. We prioritized this work based on customer feedback that the existing experience made it hard to work with Excel files within Cloud.

The Excel Macro now displays content more similarly to how Excel works - tabs of sheets, instead of a PDF. In the new experience, the file is displayed as a spreadsheet with tabs and you can navigate the embedded Excel file in a Confluence page.

🔢 Spreadsheet format makes it easier to engage with data

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🗂 Tabbed views make it easier to navigate the embedded file 

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🚨If you're currently using the Excel Macro, you'll need to re-upload your file to see the new experience. Follow the steps below to upload.

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This feature is currently rolling out so if you don’t see it on your Confluence Cloud instance today, it should come to your site soon.

Please leave any feedback below in the comments and stay tuned for more exciting things from Confluence Ecosystem coming soon!


Looks great @Shalu Pandey !! Any word as to when Data Center may have this feature?

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Ollie Guan Community Leader Jun 08, 2022

Cool, any plan for data center?

Sounds like a real improvement. Is there any way to proactively check if my organisation has received the new macro or a means to proactively get the new macro?

@Dave Beever We're excited for you to use it! The easiest way to check would be to use the macro, and you should either see the old experience (PDF) or new experience (tabbed sheets). 

The new experience is still actively rolling out to customers, so if your organization does not have access yet, they will soon!

Shalu Pandey Atlassian Team Jun 14, 2022

Hi @Stu and @Ollie Guan - thank you for your interest in an update for the excel macro for data center. At this time, this is not on our immediate roadmap but we will keep you updated incase that changes. 

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This is definitely an improvement, although I wish the macro allowed for limiting the display to a specific worksheet (or worksheets) as with the server version.  One bug I will note is that the spreadsheet does not render when previewing the page.  You have to publish the page before you can view the results. :(  

charlenec I'm New Here Jun 27, 2022

This is great to support Excel preview, thank you so much.

One more suggestion: if it's possible to edit the Excel on the WIKI page by different persons at the same time? Please help consider, thanks.

It is a really great improvement.

I am really happy with the current improvement

Any more improvements / suggestions:

  • add the ability to specify wich tab to show on the first view
  • add the ability to enable the edit link (like confluence server)

This looks interesting. Is there a way to embed an Excel file from SharePoint, instead of attaching it? Thanks,

The macro doesn't seem to display wider sheets properly. Even after clicking "go wide" or "go full width" it shrinks columns so that excel doesn't want to display the full string of numbers. There is no way to update this in the page or settings, which makes this new feature unusable for us.


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