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How can I continue a numbered list that broke?

I have tried the following codes:
%item value=3% - this should start the list with 3.
%item value=resume% - to tell the engine to pick up where it left off


# Step 1 text here
# Step 2 text here

# %item value=resume% this should be step 3
# this should be step 4

Can this be done in Confluence and how?

5 answers

Still not fixed. Very annoying. Poor User Experience. This is a very basic feature. I struggle with this all the time.

Hi Sanet,

If I understand what you are doing correctly, if you use Shift+Enter to create your line breaks, (rather than just Enter), then your numbered list shouldn't be broken even though the required line break is still in place. Please check and let me know whether this works for you, or whether I have misunderstood what you are trying to do.

All the best,

Thank you John.
The example above might not be the best :-). We have different scenarios where the numbering sequence do get broken, for example, when we use an excerpt or an include and the numebring must follow logically. In those cases, I need to continue the numbering with a number of my choice.

That's also not a satisfactory solution because you can't change the format of the inserted lines separately from the format of the numbered line.  (For example, if I need to insert "preformatted" text, when I change the style of the inserted text as preformatted, it affects the numbered line as well.  Similarly, I can't indent the inserted lines for readability, without affecting more than just those lines.)

Hi, I'm trying to do a similar thing. I want to continue the number of my steps after the previous content has been put inside a "section" and "column" macro. how can I do this?

Yes, we still need a solution, I have not received an answer for this yet. If we could use HTML then we could use <ol start="3"> to force the list to work from step 3 onwards, but you cannot do this in Confluence.

Five (5) years later and we still need a solution!!!

Still no one has fixed such a simple problem!

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Worse yet, I have access to the HTML controls and can edit my page in HTML... but it doesn't seem to honor the <ol> start attribute.

I tried several times, and it even flagged me as invalid when I tried to save my start value without quotes. When I use "<ol start="4"> it seems to like it fine and I can save... but it doesn't change the broken list, it still starts numbering at 1, and when I go BACK into the code, the start attribute has been removed. 

So it appears that the editor recognizes it and will flag it if it is malformed and not let you save, but if you enter it correctly, the edit will get ignored, removed from your code, and will not take effect.

Anyone else have this experience?

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Make that 6 years without a solution.

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And still counting. Doing a migration to Confluence & the numbering issue is giving us fits. We're using a 30-day trial of the source editor to move <ol> tags around. When we finally get the numbering fixed, it breaks again as soon as we open the WYSIWYG editor. Surely someone can come up with a "continue numbering" feature.


Atlassian doesn't care about its users. The solution is to find a better tool with a better company.

They certainly don't care about this problem. It's only trivial unless it's screwing up your procedures. How hard can it be to let <ol start> do its job?

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rkarn I'm New Here Apr 26, 2019

Looking for the solution.

Where's the fix?

Like Jennifer Durham likes this
rkarn I'm New Here May 05, 2019

I guess no fix yet.

Maybe next year

Pull up a chair. You're going to be here awhile!

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