Increase header and footer height in PDF layout

I am looking for a way to change the footer and header height for the confluence PDF export layout.

I have tried to do it through margin from bottom and top, but the content gets cut off.

Thanks for any idea how to achieve this. This should be possible through the global CSS somehow, right? Which framework is being used for the PDF export in anyway, I understood that the metalanguage is html, but where is a complete list of what's possible and what's not possible?


Everything else works pretty smooth and we are very happy with the PDF export function so far. We surely don't want to spend another few thousand dollar on a third party plugin just to increase the height of the header and the footer.

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headers and footer can be defined in two different places:

  1. Space Admin > PDF Layout > PDF Space Export Header
  2. Space Admin > PDF Stylesheet > PDF Export Stylesheet

1. is nice and simple but rather limited.

2. gives you the possibility to define your own customized CSS. The thread at PDF-Export: Which CSS properties do work and which ones not? discusses what is possible and what is not.


Your question in short:

Generally, the height of your header/footer is equal to the top/bottom margin of your @page settings.

For a header with 1cm and a footer with 3cm you would go to 2. and enter the following:

@page {
size: 210mm 297mm; 
margin-top: 1cm;
margin-bottom: 3cm;

The vertical position of text within the header/footer is defined with "vertical-align: top/middle/bottom/...".
You might need to adapt that to your needs.

Great, exactly what I was looking for, thanks for that!

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