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How do I add a background color to a table row in the Confluence editor?

briburt Sep 08, 2011

New to Confluence, and this seems like a very simple thing, but I can't figure out how to add a background color to table rows in the Confluence editor. Am I missing something obvious somewhere? It's easy to do for panel and other areas, so surely there must be some option I'm missing somewhere as adding color to tables seems like a base editing feature that should just be there.

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This feature is actually available since Confluence 4.3 (CONF-6482)

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S Irvine Jul 25, 2018

It really is a pathetic interface. I can click in table cells and change their color, one at a time.  I can select multiple cells, and click on color, but nothing happens.  How hard can it be to color all the cells in the selection?

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CharlesH Jul 26, 2012
Slide 11 of this presentation offers a simple way to color table rows with the aid of a user macro :
Kevin Mote Apr 08, 2013

My corporate firewall blocks that site. Can you summarize the slide?

Jim Bethancourt Apr 08, 2013
<script type=text/javascript" defer="defer">



    jQuery("tr:even").css("background-color", "#318db6");

    jQuery("tr:odd").css("background-color", "#f86a46");



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Bernd Nurnberger Sep 10, 2011

Colour and Other Formatting

To add colour and other formatting to your tables, you can use the Panel Macro within columns.
More table-formatting options may be available if your Confluence administrator has installed additional macros.

Source: Working with Tables

Lumumba Juma Jul 25, 2012

Hello I just tried to use the panel macro inside a tabel but the result I get doesn t look good. I am convinced I am doing something wrong just by adding the panel macro to a table cell... (seems the image upload is not working ...)

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Sherif Mansour Atlassian Team Sep 11, 2011

We also have an open feature request for this that you might want to follow / vote on:

Deleted user Sep 11, 2011

Can you check the link. It says, "project does not Exist"

Joe Clark Atlassian Team Sep 12, 2011

I've fixed the link.

Anna McDonald Feb 27, 2014

Atlassian claims the ticket is resolved as of v4.3. I am using v5.3 (upgrading soon) and there is no color picker available. There are 5 pastels - not enough! We should be able to customize our tables without the panel hack, which leaves whitespace where it is not needed. What can be done to thoroughly resolve this issue? Why will Atlassian not add a color picker for background tables.

And while we are on this topic, why can we not add our own hex values to the text colors?

Chris McKay Feb 16, 2016

Here we are almost 2 years later and no update. Still only 5 pastel colours to choose from. What is stopping Atlassian from using hex values or a colour picker as Anna suggested. Having used other collaborative and content solutions, Confluence is extremely backwards in a large number of areas. Given the underhanded approach to add-on pricing, I'd at least expect the basics (content formatting, table column widths etc.) to be handled well. I don't want a bunch of hacks, add-ons or embedded code to make simple colour changes.

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Deleted user Sep 11, 2011

There is a table macro that you can use like as follows -

{table:style=border:1px dotted #ccc;}
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Jim Bethancourt May 01, 2012

There is a simpler approach than Nikhil's solution that only needs the {html} macro but allows for the use of wiki tables if you have text in your cell. Put this in the cell contents of your wiki table (assuming you have the {html} macro enabled):

{html}<span style="background-color:lime"/>pass{html}
|| Test Name|| Pass/Fail||
|Test 1 | {html}<span style="background-color:lime"/>pass{html}|
|Test 2 | {html}<span style="background-color:red"/>fail{html}|
|Test 3 | {html}<span style="background-color:yellow"/>error{html}|

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Joerg Bencke May 03, 2012

For standardtables, I would choose the "panel" approach. It is build in out-of-the-box and easily readable and reproduceable for infrequent users.

HTML Macro has the security issues and the more macros/plugins you have, the more difficult the system is to maintain and teach.

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Jonas Andersson May 25, 2018

I offer a 3rd alternative in lack of a feature capable of adding colors to tables annu 2018:



Make tables in mspaint and insert them as pictures.

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