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How to set borders around sections (layout)

Lina Wolnit February 22, 2022

Hello Community & Atlassian,

back in the time I have used section/columns with borders to structure my pages more visible and gain clarity using different layouts with more then 1 cell. So how to get back the borders within Confluence Cloud?




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Andy Gladstone
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February 22, 2022

@Lina Wolnit welcome to Confluence!

There is no option to create a border around a section of a page that is using the column layout. You can use a table to add the data if you need a border, but layout just creates columns on the page without any borders.

Lina Wolnit February 23, 2022

Hello, thanks. Those are bad news.  Dont understand why they remove such simple and easy things that were very helpful to create organized and structured pages. 

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christian geeding May 17, 2022

So I did find if you use the divbox you can create a border around the section/column, and then use some CSS code to change it up a bit. 

JY Kim May 27, 2022

Is there anything that is possible with a confluence editor???

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C August 16, 2022

Any update on bring this back? 

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Maryn Bonniwell October 7, 2022

This was such a nice feature and super useful from a ux perspective. Please bring back!!

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ambujp September 6, 2022

This is marked as Answer accepted, just curious which answer was acceptance worthy here.

Is Atlassian evening looking into such posts? I find it very frustrating not to have borders around a certain section.  (If) Such degradation/lack of backward compatibility (continues) is seriously making our organization move out of Atlassian products. I am sure they don't care about it. 

Luc De Schepper September 7, 2022

It seems like the accepted answer is "no."  They just said it with more words. :|

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Peter Mooney April 13, 2023

You can put your content in a Panel {Panel} and format to your heart's content

Andy Holt October 25, 2023

This! thanks :-)

Paul Wijnen January 4, 2024

that doesnt work anymore in cloud, the panel function creates a customizable panel but not an empty one with only the border

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Martin Lott March 29, 2023

I would also like to see this re-implemented. Along with borders for screenshots pasted into the page

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Edward Smith-uchotski February 8, 2023

Hi there,


There is a border work around.


Apologies if posted above, you can sort of set a border using two macros. If you embed a columns macro within a section macro, and ensure that the border box is ticked within the section macro you get a dotted line border.  I set the border to 100% to match the size of the section it's contained in.



Note, it will be based on the size of the contents within.


Many thanks,

Klaus Müller February 15, 2024

Hi Edward, 

thank you for the most helpful tip!

I really don't want to necro this thread but for anyone who is looking for a similar solution: using the columns and section macro doesn't seem to work anymore in the cloud version. :-/

According to the corresponding wiki page, at least the columns maco has been excluded from the cloud editor:


And to be frank the layout function doesn't do anything apart from making things more complicated. 

The whole editor is actually a step backwards imho. 


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Mattia _bitvoodoo ag_
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April 13, 2023

Hello all,

If you don't mind using a 3rd party app, then the Advanced Panelboxes will meet your needs.

But I am biased since I am employed by this vendor. More options can be found here.

Best regards


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