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Can you delete the contents of multiple cells in a table?

I have a very large table in confluence and i need to delete the contents of multiple cells. Is there a way to do this in batches (ie: highlight and delete). That does not seem to work and one at a time is tedious.

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I, too, was looking to delete the contents of multiple cells in a table, today. What's suggested here is a kludge, not a real solution.

In fact, I wound up deleting the column, then re-adding it—I only lost the heading cell, and I needed to alpha-sort what was below it.

Confluence could be far more functional, with respect to this. Look to Word: You can delete the contents of cells, or the cells themselves.


Pat O'Connell
Technical Writer

There is a hidden feature in tables to be able to delete cells in a column.

- Put the caret in the first cell you want to empty
- Now hold Shift-Key and press Arrow-Down-Key that many times how many rows you have minus 1 ( If you have 4 rows press Arrow-Down-Key 3 times )
- Now press Backspace or Delete Key to empty those cells

Note: The selection is only visible in the first Cell not in the others

This technique also works if you select multiple cells in a row

What happens when you do it ?

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It actually works! But a bit spooky :)

Works for columns, rows and both combined!.

Btw, if anyone else is trying, CARET is the following key -->  "`"


I'm having the same problem. When I mark text in a row, it only ends up deleting the last cells' content. Basically, it highlights everything but it super-highlights the last cells' content. What can I do to fix this on Data Center?


Hi All,


You can do this by hilghting the respectve cells and click Shift+delete.

Sharath Mohandas

Tryzens LiveOperation Services.

Great! Thank you - this works for row cells. It doesn't seem to work for column cells for me - should it?

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Hi Robert,

This should be possible by highlighting the cells you want to delete and then selecting delete. At least on server version this is possible. You can also select multiple columns and rows (highlighting them) and removing them via the bar up top.


Bryan Trummer Community Leader Sep 07, 2018


This was the bar I mentioned.

The bar you mentioned only deletes entire row or column, but not the contents of multiple selected cells within the row or column

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