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How to paste markdown using new editor?

How does one paste markdown into the new editor and NOT get it formatted as a code block but rather as properly formatted text?


I have already gone through these resources:

Updated keyboard shortcuts, autocomplete, and full Markdown support

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Diego Atlassian Team Apr 19, 2019

Hello there!

Tyler, I have tried this procedure on our new Fabric Editor and it worked as expected.

I copied the text from a plain text editor (notepad, or in my case Sublime). And then, pasted it straight into the page I was creating.

We could try the following:

  1. Create some markdown text in a plain text editor
  2. Copy it
  3. Paste into Confluence
  4. Check if it gets converted

I have tried the following text:








Right upon pasting, the text was displayed as formatted text.

I have also tried to copy directly from the text above (from browser) and paste it into Confluence Editor. It did not work. However, If I paste it back in a plain text editor and then copy it, Confluence recognizes the markdown.

With this issue in mind, I have filed this report:

CONFCLOUD-66301 | Copying and Pasting markdown from webpage on Fabric Editor renders unformatted text

So, you could go over there to vote and watch this issue. Voting helps to increase the issue visibility and watching will keep you up to date with everything posted there!

 Further, Could you help us understand things a little better?

  1. Has this worked at some point?
  2. Is this behaviour affecting you regardless of browser being used?
  3. Is this affecting other users as well?
  4. Is this happening on already existing pages?
  5. Is this happening on newly created pages?

Let us know from you Tyler!

Thank you @Diego for the thorough testing.  Answers to your questions:


  1. Has this worked at some point?
    • No as it relates to the NEW editor.
  2. Is this behaviour affecting you regardless of browser being used?
    • Per my comments in CONFCLOUD-65756, my original copy source of markdown was coming from the VS Code editor where the markdown would be interpreted as a code block rather than being formatted properly when pasted.  This is quite the opposite of what you experienced, which I have not tried yet, in CONFCLOUD-66301 where the text pasted is not formatted at all.
  3. Is this affecting other users as well?
  4. Is this happening on already existing pages? No, but since the markdown macro is not supported anymore per CONFCLOUD-65663 using the old editor it is difficult to get large amounts of markdown text imported.
  5. Is this happening on newly created pages?
    • Yes using the new editor.

Curious why this answer is accepted if the bug is still open?

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Markdown has now been changed since the update. So what used to work will again look like a code snippet. I've not yet found a resolution to this yet.

The workaround is to go into the 'Old view', Click to edit description, Paste, Save and switch to the new view again.

Come on Atlassian, this is seriously annoying.

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Yeah it's really silly.

I have a README file in a repo that has simply outgrown, it needs to be moved here so we can have child pages. Being unable to straight up copy and paste markdown into a markdown editor is wtf.

Like Nicholas Lee likes this

i normally write my md files in vs code and push them to a azure devops git repo on because the devops wiki can be deployed directly from git.  (amazing btw)

i tried copy and paste from vs code into confluence cloud and it was formatting as a code snippet. So I pasted into a notepad and then copy and paste again into confluence and it formatted correctly. 

Like Mathias Haugsbø likes this

My team developed a plugin that can help you, check out Markdown Extensions for Confluence.

Here's a list of what it supports:

  • Import markdown from Github, Bitbucket, Gitlab, and generic URLs
  • Edit and preview markdown inline
  • Support for HTML within markdown
  • Offers extended markdown formatting

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