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I’m Jonno, a Product Manager for the editor in our cloud products. I’m here to announce that in a few weeks, an exciting editor update that makes it easier to find and insert macros that strengthen your content as well as a better experience when configuring macros!
But first, some context…
Over the years, we’ve come to understand the value macros provide you in better expressing your thoughts, ideas, and information. It’s how you truly unleash the power of Confluence to service your wide-ranging needs.
From talking to many of you, we’ve also come to learn that for all the benefit macros have provided, there are also a number of challenges. It became clear that at times they were unintuitive, disruptive, and out of date. For example, when editing a macro, the configuration box would appear over the macro itself, making it impossible to see what content you’re editing without opening a second tab or opening ‘preview’ over and over again. That’s no fun for anyone!
Well, we set out to change this. This is what we did…
We’ve overhauled the old-school + menu, giving it a lick of paint and bringing native, Atlassian-built elements into the macro searching experience. Plus this menu will now show ALL the options for editing in your toolkit, not just some of them.
It has also been overhauled to look and feel the same as the / command. A search field has been added to the top to enable a quick search of macros.
To solve the problem of taking you out of context when editing your macros, we moved the configuration to the new side panel in Confluence. This aims to provide a far greater “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) experience for you, enabling you to see the macro you’re configuring whilst configuring it.
Note: There are a group of macros that for the time being will still use the old configuration experience. Over time, we will convert all of these to use the new configuration, too!
We hope you’re as excited about this change as we are! Let us know what you think in the comments below.