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Is merging cells in tables no longer possible?

I recall this was possible in past, however it seems no longer possible

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Sireesha Dugginapeddi [Appfire]
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Feb 27, 2020

Hi @Nicolette-Davids

I am assuming you are using Confluence New Editor. Once you select the cells you want to merge, you see an arrow on the top right corner of your selection, which when clicked provides various actions you can perform on the cells. Here is an image to help you -


If you are using the old editor, you see the merge option in the table options ribbon right below the toolbar. I am assuming, you must be knowing that already.

Let me know, if you still can't see the option to merge cells in your table.



Thank you Sireesha, that was the trick! 

I tried to do the same in JIRA Cloud using the new editor. The option "merge cells" does not show up when I select mulitple cells. 

Is the merge feature currently not availabe in JIRA?

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Merge Cells is not visible for me either.  I'm using the new editorScreen Shot 2021-07-08 at 1.09.53 PM.png

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I checked again - in Confluence Cloud the option is available, in JIRA  Cloud not. Seems to be a difference between the two editors

More frustratingly tiresome Atlassian inconsistency we've all become all too used to from this (very)MVP company.  And what's even more sad is that we all let them get away with it YEAR after f-ing YEAR!

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The only way I was able to get the arrow to appear was to click in one cell and drag to the other to select the other cell.  You can NOT click in one, press Shift to select multiple items, and clic the other cell; the arrow does NOT show up!!!

This is NOT straightforward or clear-cut.  Seriously, who is doing the UX/UI for these functions?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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Hi @Nicolette-Davids,

For me, merging cells works when creating a table in a new Jira issue:

Bildschirmfoto 2022-11-21 um 11.30.36.png


However, it does not work when updating a table in the Jira description OR adding a table in a Jira comment:

Bildschirmfoto 2022-11-21 um 11.33.51.png


To work around this, e.g., when I have to update an existing table or want to add one in a comment, I usually open the "Create issue" overlay, do my table work there and copy & paste it where I need it.

It's a surprisingly quick workaround.

But it's nonetheless a bizarre UX decision from Atlassian to enable a feature when adding content but disable it when editing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Amazing find, thank you.

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Thank you for sharing!! 

It was driving nuts.

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This was very helpful, I was going crazy trying to discern why it would let me do it sometimes but not others. Thanks a lot!! ^^

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I have no idea how this issue is not fixed after 3 years

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Thanks for this workaround...I remember seeing it before and was so confused as to why it disappeared!

It was probably because I did the "create issue" flow rather than making an issue inline with the backlog. 

Thanks for posting this!! 

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Max Evens
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@pbammes thanks a lot for this workaround. Great contribution to my mental health!

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