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Converting a list to Action Items?

If I have a list of items like this:

  • Item 1
    • Item 1A
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

...and I want to convert that to a list of action items, I used to be able to select the bulleted list, then press the Action Item button at the top, and it'd put a checkbox in front of each item, maintaining the text, indents, and formatting. This worked with the old Confluence system, but under the newer Cloud system, it doesn't work. 

This is completely disruptive to my workflow, and I rely on this functionality for my day-to-day work. Anyone know of a way to get this to work properly?

3 answers

I too am baffled by this not being an option, I'm moving company knowledge to Confluence and find it arduous without instinctive options like action items. Can there be an update? I'm tempted to use another product for the project management side, which personally seems ridiculous!

5 votes
Angélica Luz
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
Feb 24, 2021

Hello Phil,

Welcome to Atlassian Community!

Testing on my local Confluence, I was able to replicate the same issue. 

It’s possible to convert a bullet list into action items using the legacy editor, but not the new one.

This issue was reported as a bug and I added two gifs on the ticket for our dev team to check what happens in this case:

Please, click on “This affects my team” and also watch to receive updates.

Kind regards,

Thank you for entering this as a bug. I'm unfamiliar with the bug process in Atlassian products. How long does a fix like this typically take to get to users? This issue has significantly affected my workflow, so I'm curious as to how long it will be until I'm back up to normal speed. Thank you again!

Angélica Luz
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
Feb 26, 2021

Hi Phil,

It will depend on each bug. This one, for example, was created in 2019 and you are the first one to report this issue since then, so I’m afraid to say that it won’t be fixed soon.

For more information, please check our policy below:

Seconding this - this would be a great help if it worked properly.

At least if I paste a list into the start of an action should keep the format of an action item instead of converting back to a list. That's expected and isn't how confluence operates even if I use paste and match style.

Agreed, I find myself needing to do the same thing.  Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

Agreed this would help me, particularly while exporting retro boards from various tools and pasting them into confluence. All those actions could become action items easily.

I need that same thing.  Hopefully this isn't too hard and gets bumped up.

This is a daily pain for me as I write a lot of documents about processes and action list and if I forget to start the list as a TASK one, at the end I have to spend time going line by line and changing it to a TASK.

Ran into this today.  This is ridiculous. 

Is it too much to ask for a wiki that is fast and useful?  (I'd even take _or_ at this point).

The "new" editor is so much worse than the "old" editor which was so much worse than writing in your inconsistent-between-products markup language.

Like Honza Stekl likes this

Truly ridiculous that this basic formatting capability is not present!

Like Honza Stekl likes this

Yes, while I'm unfamiliar with the old version,  I also have encountered this list to action items issue and hope this is being addressed quickly. At the moment, copy/pasting seems to be the only workaround. Fixing this would enhance the speed of work significantly. Sometimes when creating a list, one cannot predict that it needs to be in action item format. That is the nature of the creative process. 

Are there any updates on fixing this bug? Seems like a long-standing issue that should be quick to fix and affects lots of users as evidenced by the traffic/comments above. 

Like Honza Stekl likes this

This remains a daily annoyance - it looks like it has been an issue for over a year, likely with many users experiencing daily annoyance. Are there any updates on this issue?

Like Paul Rohorzka likes this

Fix this, please! Its been 6 months and going...

Alex Lockwood
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Feb 07, 2023

Bump! Please fix this :) 

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