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Extra lines between expandable text boxes

Hi all

I have a confluence page where I report progress per week. I use expandable text boxes for each week. I found a "glitch" that I cannot fix.

Sometimes, I see one or two extra lines between my expandable texts and I cannot delete these lines. It looks like this:

> Week 1
> Week 2

>Week 3

> Week 4
> Week 5

Any ideas how to fix this (or at least see what is causing this)?


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I figured it out - you do have to use the source editor.  


You will see 



between those expandable sections with the extra spacing.

change the "<p>" to  "<p class="auto-cursor-target">" and it will fix the spacing issues!!

Hi Ryan

Thanks for the information. I will pass that on to our administrators and ask them to install Source Editor.

It sounds like this is going to work for me too.

Eric Boivin

I confirm that Ryan's solution works perfectly! (at least for me)


Like Nilufer Saltuk likes this

It worked for me too. Thank you!

I found a workaround without the source editor: 

Use the mouse to drag and drop the expandable text blocks close together. After you drop a text block immediately below the prevoius one, Confluence will insert a new break between the two again, but this is the "right" type of break which does not show as an empty line in vew mode. 

If you do this consistently for all your text blocks, your old "wrong" breaks will end up all at the end of the page and can be deleted there. 

Hope that helps (until atlassian finally condescends to fix this bug...)

This works, and is simple and easy! Thank you!

If you cannot get rid of the extra markup in the editor you may try the Confluence Source Editor (if you are on Confluence server).

Unfortunately, I do not have access to the Confluence server itself.

It's not a major problem for me, it's just "visually annoying". :)

Unfortunately, I do not have access to the Confluence server itself.

It's not a major problem for me, it's just "visually annoying". :)

if you have other options, let me know.

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AnnWorley Atlassian Team Nov 17, 2017

If you are a Confluence administrator on a downloaded server you can add the Confluence Source Editor for free using the Confluence Admin>Manage Add-ons page.

There is also a paid add-on compatible with both server and Cloud: Source Editor for Confluence

I am curious whether the behavior you describe (extra lines between expand macros) is happening in multiple browsers or if it looks different depending on browser?

Hi Ann

I don't have admin rights on the server (I'm only a user).

I've tried with Chrome, IE11 and Firefox and all three display the same extra lines.


AnnWorley Atlassian Team Nov 17, 2017

Please paste the storage format of an example/test page that is displaying the extra lines into a code block on this thread. To get the storage format, please go to the page tools menu (... on most versions) and choose View Storage Format:

Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 3.30.19 PM.png

Hi Ann

I do not have the View Storage Format option (only view source which does not give any info).

If the action is only removed from the menu, you may use the following URL pattern to access this information with a HTTP client:


Replace the "my-server/confluence" and page ID with your information. But probably the service has been remove by the administrators so that you cannot call it with this URL.

Another option would be to use the Confluence REST API.


Again you would need to replace the "my-server/confluence" and page ID.

But this probably would require some extra privileges and finding out what went wrong (and then using the REST API to write the document back) is probably too cumbersome if you can live with the extra spaces anyway.

I would recommend to ask the administrators to install the Confluence Source Editor (which is a handy tool in many situations).

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