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Embed an Excel file in Confluence

Is there a way to embed an Excel file into the Confluence page rather than using a link to the Excel file? 

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Davin Studer Community Leader Jun 04, 2018

Yes. You can use the Excel macro or create the link to the excel file. Then in the editor click on the link and select Show as thumbnail.


No - that didn't work. I tried selecting the thumbnail and although I selected to Edit With when I selected to open the thumbnail, nothing allowed me to key into any cell in the Excel worksheet. I've tried using the Files and Images option - that only creates a .pdf version of the file. If I select Links, I can open the link to the file but that doesn't embed the file into the page, that only launches the file - NOT the same as embedding. I have secured the worksheet such that only 4 fields are available to the user and 2 of those 4 fields are based upon a drop-down of validated values. I need this worksheet to work within the page. If the only option is to open the workbook, I'll have to deal with that. Formatting is not a strong suit for Confluence - yet another example of such.

Davin Studer Community Leader Jun 04, 2018

Oh, you want to be able to edit it. You are not going to be able to edit it in Confluence. Confluence is not meant to be an Excel replacement. They have functions to display Excel contents, but it's never going to be set up to edit Excel files ... that's what Excel is for. That's also why they have the Edit in Office links so that you can quickly launch office, makes changes, and have those changes pushed directly back into Confluence.

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That's why my original question, about embedding an Excel file, not linking to the file, was presented. I had tested and I'm able to launch the Excel file from a link which allows me to use the Excel file as intended by launching the Excel application. But if I select Macros>Files and Images it only creates a PDF version of the worksheet - not usable. And, as a side note, even if I select "Edit With" Confluence is not offering me the MS Office applications with which to modify (edit) the file, which seems like an issue. Then again, if the file is converted to PDF, there would be no reason to expect the Office application to launch. 

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@Davin Studer"They have functions to display Excel contents". How?

I would like for my users to be able to interact with excel content directly on the page. Not trying to replace Excel, but don't want them to have to download it in order to view, highlight/copy, click links, etc

Thanks, --D

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Davin Studer Community Leader Dec 18, 2018

@Douglas Pyle You can use the Excel Macro. Go to the macro browser and search for Excel. Or type "{" (without the quotes)in the editor to bring up the inline macro browser and then type Excel to filter it to the Excel Macro. That macro will let you select an attached Excel file and render it to the page.

The Office Excel Macro is disappearing soon.  I am looking for a similar solution.

Davin Studer Community Leader Jan 16, 2019

Well, not necessarily. According to CONFSERVER-39829 they reversed course on this with Confluence Cloud and are going to see how that works out with Cloud and may implement the new file viewer into Server.

@Davin Studer, thanks for that update; I hadn't realized. Do you know if it is possible to specify that a specific worksheet within a workbook be displayed?

UPDATE: Answered my own question; it is not.

Davin Studer Community Leader Jan 16, 2019

Yeah, unfortunately not yet, but hopefully before they would yank it from Server that would be a feature that was implemented by then.

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I'm trying to display an excel file on a Confluence page. I couldn't find the Excel macro in market - is it no longer available?

Hi @Jorge Soto 

Directly attaching an excel file will display the spreadsheet in Confluence as a pdf.

If you want to edit the excel inside confluence, you can use our Excellentable plugin

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