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How to make an Excel file Confluence content?

Fellow developers!

I want to embed an Excel file into a page, so that it may be edited there. It is not important to actually see the content of the Excel sheet on the page.

When I select Insert Select content/Confluence content/Excel, then Insert Office Excel macro, then under File Name, it says: "No appropriate attachments". Where do I populate the dropdown so that there is 'appropriate attachments' to select from?


BW Peter Hansen

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Hello Peter, good afternoon! 

I think you have two situations:

  1. You want to edit the Excel file in the Confluence Cloud
  2. View Excel Macro Will Not Load Attached Files



For the first one:

You can edit the document in Confluence if you use the Macro Office Excel. 


And it will show to you the option to Edit Document, it open a Excel File and you can edit the file. 

Observation: I think you need use the Internet Explorer to work, but I'm not sure about it.


To the second

is that what happened to you?


If it is that.. you have a workaround:

Simply Dragging and Dropping the excel file from your local file browser into the page being edited, will bypass this behavior and allow the excel macro to load the file.

And resolution is:

  • Option 1
    • Download the file from the page
    • Enter the edit mode for the desired page
    • Open a file Browser window and navigate to the downloaded file

    • Drag the .xls or .xlsx file into the page being edited

    • this will bypass the upload feature and attaches directly to the space, allowing the Excel macro to load appropriately. 
      • with this method it will continually fail to load when trying the upload from attachments method for future attachments.
  • Option 2

    • Copy all information from the page 

    • Delete the page and create a new one

    • Past the information into the new page
      • This method will only copy text and require rebuilding any macro configurations, and formatting


Lemme know if I helped you. 

This is not working for me at all. I have tried dragging the Excel file into the same Confluence page, also attaching it to a different page then pointing this page to the file page, but I still get "No appropriate attachments"

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Like Jason Smith likes this

It needs to be a .XLS file, not XLSX or XLSM.

Like Sharon Tan likes this

.XLSX seems to work the same for me as .XLS

Like Daniel Rodriguez likes this

Does not work for me either, it uploads a link and the file cannot be viewed as a table as either .xlsx or .xls.

I managed to create the page, upload the file, use the macro, all is good and hit insert. Nothing. Just a link.

We would love to use the page with the excel sheet as a place where people can load data into (numerous as once if possible), we then run a report every month and annually from it.

@Jason Smith @Peter Bunde Han 

If you want to embed an excel file in a confluence page, an AddOn can be one option. 

I would recommend our app, Polaris spreadsheet for Confluence which provides a full excel editor seamlessly in your page.

Please check it. 

Please check a way to embed/insert excel document in Confluence page in youtube.

We’re not allowed to load Addons as a general rule, the organisation doesn’t allow it, so if there is no internal policy to aid this then we will never have the option until these things become standard in software/products and if they don’t then the team looking at new products will continue looking elsewhere for something that does what we need...this is annoying as it might mean they will eventually go offshore for product to suit the needs :-(

If it was me at home, no hesitation, I would have what I need, however, limited as the power brokers and decision makers make the call. Arggggggh.

Has anyone stumbled across a better way to have an excel files content displayed? It'd be neat if we could have live updates made to an excel file displayed within confluence. 

@G. Khan 

I would recommend an AddOn to display an excel file within confluence.

You can directly edit a file in confluence, too. 

Please check details, 

Please check a way to embed/insert excel document in Confluence page in youtube.

I think the question is how to add the Excel file to the page in the first place?

click the ellipsis (three dots) icon at top right

select Attachments

choose Browse, or from your PC file browser use the Drag-and-drop

This is indeed the answer to the original question:

"When I select Insert Select content/Confluence content/Excel, then Insert Office Excel macro, then under File Name, it says: "No appropriate attachments". Where do I populate the dropdown so that there is 'appropriate attachments' to select from?"

Like Anu Saraf likes this

 I am new to confluence and I am having the same issue. 



The macro is looking for attachments to the page.  You have to add an attachment to the page.


with the page in normal "View page" mode, i.e. not Edit mode where you insert the macro, just use your PC file browser to drag and drop a file onto the page.


Click the Ellipsis three dot icon, select <<Attachments>> and browse or drag and drop your file there.

Your macro should then kick in to life.

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I had the file in the parent page and I was trying to add it to a child page. I added the child page title and it worked.

Thank you very much. :)

Like Christina_Gheorghe likes this

In my case there was a colon in the page title. As I removed this, the excel macro worked.

Hi Stefan,

thanks for the hint. I nearly have gone nuts but removing the colon helped.




I am glad you mentioned this Stefan ....

I haven't seen any documentation about limitation of characters in the page title ... is there any information in the Confluence Documentation that talks about this? 

Or in the Community pages?

A link would be helpful ...

I am now trolling through our association's 500 Spaces to see if there are any colon instances that might cause problems in various macros ... :(

Hi Rodney,
this Link could be helpful.



still unable to attach an excel file 

Might be helpful if you describe precisely what you have done ...

I just tested on my cloud instance: 

Build info Confluence 1000.0.0-438ed42757d

Created a new page and Published as completely blank page.

With page in normal View mode, I Dragged and dropped an Excel file from File Explorer onto the page

Edited the page to insert the attached file

Clicking on the image gives me the viewer window ... I can download it from there

Clicking on the <<Edit file>>option however doesn't seem to work

I then edited the page to insert the Excel macro below the horizontal line .. it automatically identified the attachment 

It displays the Excel content but it doesn't seem to allow to edit the file onscreen

Have you checked to see whether the excel file is a template? You can only attach documents not document templates.

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Sharon Tan Community Manager Mar 08, 2021

Hey there! I was able to replicate not being able to see appropriate attachments, and when I renamed my file type to .xls, it popped up and I was able to embed it. If you're still seeing issues around this with our Confluence Cloud editor, please get in touch at so we can dig into this further. also addresses some similar behavior and @Shannon Spaniol there has included some links to our Confluence Cloud editor roadmap as well as a feature request where we continually gathering feedback on the Excel macro. Thanks!

Wow, xlsx has been the proper extension for 10 years now.  Surely Atlassian can figure out how to handle that.

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