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Is there a way to get checkboxes to work when viewing them within a tab?

I setup an onboarding page and organized the content using tabs that contain tables which contain checkbox lists of things to learn and do for new people on the team.  All the content is on a single page because I'm using a template to create a page for each new person.  When I go to the page and check a box on one of the tabs to indicate it is done, the change is not saved.  I've found that zero checkbox changes are saved unless I go into edit mode.  I did some testing on my side and found that the checkboxes work when they are directly on a page, they work when they are within a page section, within a table, and within a table in a page section.  But they do not work when they are within a tab.  They do not work in NaviTabs or in the Content Formatting tabs.  They do not work whether the tab content is directly on the current page or in a child page that is included. 

I really can think of no other clean way to show this content other than using tabs.  I don't want to have to choose between the convenience of using checkboxes and tracking tasks and the organization of content within tabs.  Any thoughts, workarounds, etc. would be welcomed.


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Mattia _bitvoodoo ag_
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Nov 08, 2023

Hello @amy_rizzo 

Actually, the selections should also be saved within the tabs without the user having to open the edit mode of the page.

Perhaps this is a bug.
I would suggest you create a ticket in the support of the vendors of the apps so that they can check why this does not work as expected. In the case of Navitabs, for example, you can create a ticket here. Please follow these steps to provide your browser's console logs and HAR file to the support.

Hi @amy_rizzo ,

I know your question was regarding the content formatting, however the onboarding part of it has caught my eye.

We do have an app called izi LMS for Confluence that could make the onboarding process much easier for you.

You could create onboarding courses and quizzes, assign them to your new employees and see who has completed them and who hasn't.

Watch a 2-minute video

Let me know if you have any questions :)

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Zoriana Bogutska_Adaptavist_
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Nov 18, 2023

Hi @amy_rizzo 

Do you want to save a list of checkboxes but nested in Content Formatting Macros tabs?
It should work. 
If you insert a tab in a Confluence page, and nest Action Item in the tab, the checkbox is saved, so whenever you access the page, the saved checkbox values will be displayed.
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Please let me know if I misunderstood you or if you are still having issues.

That is exactly what I did and all seemed well, however, if the checkboxes are updated outside of edit mode, they are not saved.

The use case is that I organized the page contents using Content Formatting Macros Tabs.  The content within the tabs were checkboxes, exactly as you have shown above.  I am creating onboarding pages for each of our new folks and the idea is that they can go to the page and check the checkbox when a task is completed. 

What I expect to happen is that, when viewing the page, they can check one or more boxes as their tasks are completed and the checked boxes will persist.

What actually happens is that, when viewing the page, if you check one or more boxes, the checkbox appears checked, however the state does not persist.  If you edit the page and check the box, then save, it does persist, but having to edit a page to check a box kinda defeats the convenience of the checkbox idea.

What I ended up doing was removing the tabs and using the checkboxes in sections for a more column-style look.  It works.  

I am curious, however, if this is a known problem or, if others are not having the issue, why I'm seeing this behavior...  I am using a Chrome browser.  Windows machine.  Pretty normal, straight-forward setup.

Hi @amy_rizzo - as the check box is nested inside the tab you would need to edit it to make a change, as other wise it would not save at the moment. But I agree not the user experience you were hoping for - we are already looking at changes to solve this but I cannot give you a date at this stage. Should you want to know more about our roadmap for next year, happy to organise a call?



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