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Full width mode is now available for the new editor in Confluence

Avinoam Atlassian Team Jul 24, 2019

Hello Community,

Avinoam here from Confluence Product Management.

We heard that you want to control your page margins – rather than having to stick with the current, fixed-width content area.

So, we added a toggle that lets you extend or contract all the elements on a page.

full width.gif

You can also individually control the width of tables, the columns in the available page layouts, and most macros.

While we were at it, we explored which actions are used most when actively editing a page and made these improvements:

  • Shifted the page Permissions action closer to the Publish button. Those actions are most likely to happen when making the content available for others.

  • Grouped page-level actions like Move Page and Add Labels in the three dots ( ... ) menu as those aren't as crucial when editing a page. You'll be better equipped to determine the page's location and labels after you are done working with the page content.

There are scenarios in regards to full width that aren’t supported yet, which we’ll be prioritizing and would love your feedback on:

  • Copying a full width page will copy as fixed width, which can be then set back to fixed width. Ideally this will change to persist the full width selection from the copied page.

  • Custom templates can’t yet be saved as full width by default. You’ll still need to set them to full width. Ideally this will change to be configurable upon a custom template creation.

  • All system provided template will open as full width by default. Moving forward we’ll be evaluating the ability for specific templates to be provided as full width out of the box depending on their use case.

  • Full width can’t yet be saved as a space or user level setting. I.E. a user or admin can configure that all their pages will open in the editor by default in full width. This is also something we’ll be evaluating more closely moving forward and which we’d love your feedback on.

To read more about the new experience, visit the documentation below:

We hope you enjoy using the new Confluence editor. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave us feedback in the comments below or within the edit mode.

13 comments

Hey  @Avinoam

 

great feature. What Confluence (Server) version supports the new Editor?

My best

Merve

Avinoam Atlassian Team Jul 25, 2019

@Merve_Nur_Bas Confluence Server currently doesn't support the new editor that is being rolled out into Confluence Cloud. That may change in the future but isn't on the roadmap as it stands.

Thanks,

Avinoam

Like paul_podgorsek likes this

Great to see a more clear road map for getting us back to a functional full width.   

  • Templates are key to us and a real challenge that they don't yet work. 
  • We are a max width by default company so all users would appreciate that default being switched around. 

The only thing i don't see is making full width actually fully responsive max width right now its not really full width its just wider... which is better, and again we are a company, like most modern tech companies full of at min 24in 4k monitors. and we like to build tables and take up that space.   

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I agree, this width function should also happen at template level rather than at publish level.

Will this feature (full-width option) will be available in already created docs - to edit its layout,  not to recreate 500 pages?

Like Joseph_Ishak likes this
Avinoam Atlassian Team Jul 29, 2019

@Aleksandra Klusińska absolutely. All new pages and existing pages created with the new editor have the new full width toggle so you can easily just make an existing page full width by clicking it.

Like Charles likes this

I moved my wiki from server confluence to cloud and I cannot see full-width option in the menu when I'm editing pages. 

no-full-width.PNG

I was told by Atlassian support that if you used the old editor to create pages you will not have the full-width option and either need to recreate the pages (not really an option for us since we moved our site into Cloud Confluence) and have redirects in place) or wait until they "retire the old editor and renderer" and that they are "highly confident that the pages will eventually be converted automatically." I was given no indication of when this might happen. Very frustrating!

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Avinoam Atlassian Team Aug 13, 2019

@Aleksandra Klusińska that looks like the old editor where all pages full width by default. 

How can I switch to new one -  those pages were moved from server Confluence?

I have a new editor when I create new pages. 

Hello, 

how can we enable the new editor in confluence , is there any configuration to make ?

Regards

If i were you I would wait until its done, as it stands now i feel like a tester of a pre-beta product, and we just copy and past old pages to keep using the old editor/page style.  If i could turn it off and go back to the old editor my company would be so, so, so much happier.  Unless you use it for very simple text only, no tables, or text colors or macros or page properties or images and mainly on mobile with the most basic of un-formated text editing... then you know your likely fine to switch.  you know like old school twitter... then you know, you are golden. 

Like Joseph_Ishak likes this

It appears that template pages cannot go full width.

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I'm happy to be wrong here - please advise.

Like Joseph_Ishak likes this
Avinoam Atlassian Team Aug 12, 2019

@Charles unfortunately I can't correct you - yet :)

In the post I tried to cover this (and other things to come) "Custom templates can’t yet be saved as full width by default. You’ll still need to set them to full width. Ideally this will change to be configurable upon a custom template creation."

 

We'll be adding more capabilities to full width on an ongoing basis moving forward based on all the great feedback we're getting.

Thanks. I'm sure you aren't short of opinions on how to design software (tragedy of your vertical I guess)

I was just surprised that there isn't more of a connection/reuse of code between the formatting of the various page flavors, especially templates.

Please update when its fixed. thanks!

Like Joseph_Ishak likes this

We moved from server to cloud and ran into this problem. It is astonishing that changing width is impossible with templates. Adding such a feature to templates seems to me more important than being able to do this page by page.

What is the release date for enabling this in templates? Thanks!

Like Joseph_Ishak likes this
Avinoam Atlassian Team Sep 05, 2019

@sbohmig while I can't share an exact date I can share that it's feedback we've taken in and are working on including.

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We use templates heavily and this missing option is onerous for us.  We really should be able to set a template to a given width setting.

 

Not to seem too critical, but before they rolled out a controversial editor that many are unhappy about, they should have at a minimum have made sure that existing users would not be negatively affected.

@Avinoam is there a confluence cloud product suggestion that we can vote up and follow for the full-width templates? I made my first template that would benefit from being full width so I want to pay attention to that implementation.

 

Thanks

Like Tom likes this
Avinoam Atlassian Team Sep 05, 2019

Quick update, based on your feedback we've added a setting that will allow you to state that you want all your new pages to open by default in full width.

To enable this, go on the bottom left of the nav bar to your user icon > click Settings > click Editor > click Edit > check the "Enable full-width as the default for new pages." box > click Submit.

Next things we're working on for full width improvements:

  1. Allowing to make custom templates full width.
  2. Making certain system templates/blueprints full width by default.

This is great! Any way to make this the default for all users / the space?

Avinoam Atlassian Team Sep 26, 2019

Yes @Rachael_Collins ! 

 

To enable this, go on the bottom left of the nav bar to your user icon > click Settings > click Editor > click Edit > check the "Enable full-width as the default for new pages." box > click Submit.

As an admin, I would like to enable this for all users, not just me.

Like Marcel_Baertschi likes this
Avinoam Atlassian Team Sep 26, 2019

That's a very valid point @Rachael_Collins . We've been looking into both and essentially both levels enabled can create some clashes in settings. Ultimately being this change was mainly purposed towards the author of a page we felt the first step made sense to be at the user level, also since that's where a lot of the feedback has been coming from. With that being said, adding it as a space/site level setting is something we're gaining more feedback on as we go along with more improvements we're keeping track of.

Tan_Quach I'm New Here Mar 02, 2020

Yes, I would like to make full width setting a system-wide setting. It's inconsistent that people are able to choose between full-width and fixed-width if you want to have a consistent experience across all documents.

Why can't we just make this adjustment at the template level so every template will have different width option rather than forcing every template to have set width? Thanks.

thanks for the setting, but this is not full width:

full page not.png

Like Francois_Carouge likes this

Simple question - I have tried the new editor and although the width adjustor is available to make the page full width, what I can't do is select a SINGLE column, which is what we use 80% of the time in the pages on our Cloud site. There are 5 column layout choices, but not a single one (see screenshot).

This was the default in the old editor, and yet it seems to have disappeared in the new editor! As a result - if we use the new editor, we lose 30% of the real estate - which for pages with wide tables (such as meeting-notes template is a real problem and a backward step). Screenshot 2019-10-07 at 10.12.35.png

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I'm running into the same problem, why isn't it possible to choose a single column layout anymore? 

When can we expect an answer on this?

Yes, as well as single column, I would also like to see multiple column added in. As there are cases where you will need more than 3 columns in a page.

Is there any ticket that can be followed on this? Thanks.

How does one see or get the new editor to load for my Cloud Confluence? I am looking at screenshots attached in the comments above, and your screens look different to mine. I also don't see this button to make the page full width or not? (I did switch off Full Width in the Settings - Editor area. 

Some other things I notice the font icon doesn't have the coloured underline. Here is what my confluence looks like: 

Confluence Editor.pngThe full width option, does this apply to Confluence pages that are external facing for our customers who log in via customer portal? 

 

Mike

Avinoam Atlassian Team Oct 08, 2019

@Mike_Bowen the new editor is going through a gradual rollout so it may be you haven't gotten it as your default option just yet. In the meantime you can try it in 3 places:

  1. Blogs
  2. Meeting Notes
  3. A blank page template

If you want to accelerate the rollout to your site you can open a ticket with support here https://support.atlassian.com/contact/

Thanks,

Avinoam

Both modes cause a large Page Properties Report to fit to the page which means that each column might be 1 character wide.

Luckily I was able to use the (soon to be removed) legacy template which displays the Report properly.

Will the new "wide" mode be fixed to account for all basic macros?

Hi Avinoam,

In our new company's Confluence instance we no longer have the toggle that lets you extend or contract all the elements on a page.

I previously laid out my pages with the fixed width and were fine but now in the full-width they do not look as good.

Is there any other way to reduce the width of the page?

 

Kind Regards,

Niko

Avinoam Atlassian Team Nov 15, 2019

@Niko Antonogiannis I'll follow up via email :)

The template full width by default is a very important feature for us - is there a place this aspect is garnering interest?

Like Stefano likes this

The template full width is important to me as well. 
Would be great to have the full width available for the heading of the template, currently I can only change to full width by editing a page that has been created using my template.

Is this getting any interest or likely to be completed soon?

Like Stefano likes this

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