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How can I add a background color to row in table?

I don't see this setting on my confluence page to add background color to a row in table???

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 12.02.09 PM.png

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Walter Buggenhout
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Oct 28, 2020

Hi @Anne-Marie Colendich,

Just highlight the row by clicking the narrow grey placeholder at the left side of that row. It will highlight the entire row.

Then, you will see a tiny arrow appear when you hover over any cell in that row.

Clicking the arrow will pop up a menu where you can select background color:

Screenshot 2020-10-28 at 08.46.43.png 

I've performed this action, but for some reason the option change Cell Background still isn't showing. I do see the options for Insert/Remove etc. Any other thoughts for why this might be? The tables that have colors I need to change, are being copy/pasted from word and already contain a color -- However, I need to change the color it pastes in.

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This feature disappeared.  Is there a switch that will turn this on?

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Just found it as describedScreenshot 2022-02-21 at 13.10.52.png

Yea. I’m wondering if this is a software version specific feature, one that may be disabled under certain cases of copy/pasting text, or as someone else has suggested, perhaps there’s a switch which administrators have turned off.  It was definitely not there for me despite looking in many locations beyond the one suggested. 

It seems, this feature is only available in Confluence. There is no "Cell background" option in Jira. So you might be editing the table in Jira?

Screenshot 2022-02-23 144013.png

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I would have sworn I saw this feature (I still have coloured cells) but I can't see it anymore :-/

I just ran into this.  It's a bug.  

What I describe here is all in Jira, not Confluence.

The cell color is available when you click Create and add a table to the Description field, but after saving the issue, the option is no longer in the cell menu when you return to the issue to edit it.

Now I have a table with half the cells colored that I wanted and can't color the rest!

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Hello @Steve Myers


As a workaround you can update the issue by api on /rest/api/3/issue/$issueNumber by passing an attrs object to the tableCell or tableHeader

Here is a full example of description field

{"version":1,"type":"doc","content":[{"type":"table","attrs":{"isNumberColumnEnabled":false,"layout":"default","localId":"5d082302-4622-4b51-a05f-d123d50b022c"},"content":[{"type":"tableRow","content":[{"type":"tableHeader","attrs":{"background":"#4c9aff"},"content":[{"type":"paragraph","content":[{"type":"text","text":"test 1","marks":[{"type":"strong"}]}]}]}]},{"type":"tableRow","content":[{"type":"tableCell","attrs":{},"content":[{"type":"paragraph","content":[{"type":"text","text":"test2"}]}]}]}]}]}

Here is the corresponding screenshot

Screenshot from 2022-10-28 10-35-49.png


Anyone see a fix for this bug rather than a work around? I can't change colors and this would be so helpful if I could. 

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Ugh, it works in Confluence but not Jira? Why don't they have a common code base? So many reasons to dislike Atlassian products - and finding new ones every day

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