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How to preserve columns (sections) when exporting to pdf?

I've tried to edit the stylesheet, but CSS simply isn't in my toolbox... How can I make it so that columns are rendered when exporting to PDF?

Here is my existing stylesheet:

    margin: .5in;  
    size: 8.5in 11in;  
        font-size: 10pt;  
        /*line-height: 1.1;*/  
        color: #000;  
        font-weight: normal;  


5 answers

Do you know the confluencedefaultpdf.css ?

If you scroll down there is a section starting with

/* wraps the section columns underneath each other so they don't run off the page */

What follows is the standard CSS that makes the columns appear underneath each other. I guess you must try to find the CSS that overrides this and turns it all back to normal columns.

I tried a bit but don't fully understand the code and can't provide a more elaborate answer.

I just found out that I have already been using a workaround myself (my PDF Export Stylesheet is 1.243 lines long so it can happen that I forget and overlook certain things).

This should work:

table.sectionMacro>tbody>tr>td, table.sectionMacroWithBorder>tbody>tr>td {
display: table-cell;
padding: 2px;
border: 1px solid black;

The "padding" and "border" is not really needed but helps showing where the columns are. I think I copied that myself but can't remember where.

Hi, Steffen- thanks for taking a crack at this. Unfortunately, the snippet you provided there didn't change anything in my version of Confluence (5.1.4)

Did anyone ever figure this out? Pretty much makes Confluence useless for my needs.

Instead of using Export to PDF you can use File > Print > Save as PDF. This will convert what you're seeing at that moment to PDF.

Sorry that it doesn't work.

When I create two {columns} inside one {section} and export to PDF I get a page with the columns underneath each other. When I add the above code and do the same the two columns are side by side.

I am using 4.3.7. When it doesn't work for you it must be because of the different versions or because there is some other difference (e.g. how you create the columns?)

Hi, Mathew. 

As for me, I have seldom tried to preserve columns (sections) when exporting to pdf. I wonder have you ever worked it out? Do I need another 3rd party manual toolkit? When it comes to PDF converting process, I have another question, I wonder have you ever tried to convert pdf to other image files before? As for myself, I am testing the related PDF to PNG converting, PDF to BMP converting , and PDF to JPG converting programs these days.  Do you have experience about it? Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.                  




Best regards, 




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