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How do I copy-paste a table in Confluence Cloud? Edited

I am referring to native Confluence tables - created within Confluence cloud. (I am not referring to tables created in other applications).

Additionally, how do I copy-paste individual rows?

Use case: create a comprehensive table - several rows and columns with data. You decide to put the table into the 'expand' macro. You create the expand macro. How do you move the table into the macro?

(It would be nice if you could click on a "header" above the table - much the same way that macros have headers - and choose 'copy' from a context menu. If native copy-paste isn't supported, then could Atlassian implement tables within a macro automatically - so that our management around moving them is as easy as moving any other macro, but the rendering to the browser is transparent / no effect?)

I am on Windows 7 using Chrome.

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I was able to select and copy my table-plus-words in VIEW MODE and then copy it into m document in EDIT MODE. But that's the only way I could do it.

Sara

This worked for me! Thank you for this tip.

works for me too

This is still horribly broken. Every time Atlassian does some 'Update' on confluence, the user experience gets worse.

I would suggest you go and vote and comment on the following issues.  It is such a pain to work with tables especially when in a macro, any macro. 

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONFCLOUD-64612

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONFCLOUD-52174

Its still painfully broken..

Agreed. This should be very simple to do. The new editor doesn't seem to recognize copied tables from pages made with the old editor. I can copy and paste from old page to old page, but not old to new. Very frustrating and a huge waste of time. 

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Thomas_Schlegel Community Leader Feb 05, 2018

Hi Chris,

copy and paste tables in Confluence is a bit tricky.

Technically, it is very simply. Select everything in the table from the header line to the last line, copy it and paste it in the new position.

But it is tricky - e.g. if the last cell in the last row is not filled, the empty cell is not copied.

Most of the time, it works better, if you select beginning from the last word before the table until the first word after the table, copy that, paste it and remove the two words after. 

Hi Thomas,

I am trying to do this as well in Confluence Cloud (on Windows 10), and I find that if I try to select text-table-text as you suggested, it doesn't even highlight that for me to copy! And if I try to carefully select all the text IN the table and try to copy and paste that, I get a concatenated string of the contents, like:

ParameterDescriptionData TypeRead OnlyRequiredreferrerSystem of record requesting advice.StringFALSETRUEentityTypeObjects or tables in 3rd party system. .StringTRUETRUEsourceFriendly name.StringFALSEFALSErecordTypeType of entity being sent as input.StringFALSETRUEupdatedOnDate and time advice was sought in ISO 8601 format (such as 2017-09-18T14:01:32)StringFALSETRUE

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Sara

Hi Thomas (and Sara),

 

I did try this technique of copying the words before and after the table. I was able to successfully copy the whole table this way. 

If Atlassian is watching, I'd really like to see an option to click near the table header and choose 'copy' or 'cut' for just the table - much like macros have a context menu allowing you to choose 'remove'.

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I also did try this trick of selecting a word above and a word after the table to copy the table in Confluence Cloud.  It still works in 2020 - thank you Thomas!  In fact, using that technique you can copy a table from the old editor, and drop it into a new editor page. The table will convert to a new editor table format.  :) 

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