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New Editing Experience - Working with Tables / Column Width

Stacey J August 15, 2019

Enjoying the new experience, but struggling with tables.  It is probably right in front of my face, but I can't find a place to change the column width.  (I've checked macros, table settings and column drop-down.)  It defaults the column width to fill the layout.  I just need a little table for a few numbers.  Can anyone help?


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JP February 5, 2020

Another example of something that worked perfectly well in the old editor and is useless in the new editor. In so many places the new editor removed functionality.

be February 21, 2020

Please give us the option to choose table layout "fixed".

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Patrick Leal March 29, 2021

Call me a cynic (and I'm sure Atlassian already have their marketing talking points ready to refute any claims otherwise), but it seems that they slowly remove crucial functionality from Confluence, only to have that once-default functionality magically appear as a paid feature in Marketplace. 

"For only 5 cents per user per month, you can change text from Plain to Bold!" is not too far away. 

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VVeider January 16, 2020

Hei, Atlassian!

What are we paying your for? Please, FIX THAT ASAP.

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Greg Gross November 22, 2019

I opened a ticket on this to request fixed width tables.  Atlassian closed it.  I don't think they care about making the change.  It's a shame.  I don't think we will continue to use it much longer.

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Rupert Broad January 9, 2020
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Alexander Jóhönnuson January 6, 2020

I´m using this at a corporation level and this just sucks. Has to be fixed else we´ll opt out.

4 votes
Mobin Daraie February 26, 2020

Found an ugly solution using an old web design technique. 

Add a Layouts box and place the table within the table

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Andrew Logvinov February 28, 2020

Thanks, been struggling with this for an hour until I found your suggestion.

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Milton Yates September 16, 2021

Thanks, that's exactly what I needed!

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This was exactly what I needed as well! Thanks for the suggestion @Mobin Daraie 

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Bruce Zhang October 18, 2020

I have to say this is terrible.

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Pato Moschcovich January 25, 2021

I am facing the same problem (the icon at the top right part of the table to change the width of the table is missing) but only on certain pages.

My theory is that this bug occurs when a page is converted from the old editor to the new one. Please don't do it. If you are lucky to have a page created with the old editor, keep it that way.

Antoon van Breda February 28, 2022

I had a page in the old editor, but needed to change the width of a table. This did not work anymore, so I opted to convert to the new editor. Now all my tables are messed up and full width without an option to make them less wide :(


This is very disappointing. It trains users to suspect all future updates and just stick with the old version.

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Brant Schroeder
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August 15, 2019


To set the width manually you will need to change the table from responsive to fixed width.  You may have to highlight the whole table to make the change.


Stacey J August 19, 2019

Thanks Brent.  I'm familiar with that in the old editing experience.  Liked the way it worked.  But when I start a blank page using the new editing experience, I no longer see those options.  Formatting tools are now within the cell.

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Any help is appreciated!

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August 19, 2019

In the new table formatting you can change the size of the overall table on this right hand side when a cell is selected.  You can then change the width of a cell by dragging the edge of the column.  These are the new options for changing the table size and column widths.


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Using Chrome, Firefox or Edge, I have the same issue: impossible to click on thoses popup buttons.

It just flickers all the time and is unusable

Chris Pearce August 28, 2019

I'm also having serious trouble with tables in the new editing experience. I cannot resize by dragging and randomly when clicking within the table or switching back from view to edit screen the size of the columns will go huge and cause really ugly scroll bars.

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Chris Pearce August 28, 2019

Note I have a "User profile" inside by cell which seems to cause extra problems. It should just fit the width though.

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Martin Bridges October 2, 2019

Yes, I can't get this to work. Any table I insert ends up being full page width. I have some small 2-column tables at the top of each page and they look ridiculous taking up the whole page width.

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NicMaree October 31, 2019

I'm also having the same problem and really need to have Fixed Width not responsive mode.  Looks great when I'm in edit page mode but wraps the text as soon as I publish.

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Greg Gross November 1, 2019

Same.  Not all tables need to be the width of the entire page.  Anyone who doesn't know this shouldn't be making decisions about editors.

It's unusable.

Update: Just figured out that creating the doc in Word and importing uses the old editor.

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Karl Wijk November 22, 2019

I also have the same issue. It's basic functionality for an editor to set the width of the table. E.g create a two column narrow table. This was working in the previous version of Confluence editor but not anymore which is really limiting.

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RistoT December 19, 2019

This new table setup is really bad. Old experience was much better.  Atlassian fixed (badly) something which was not broken.

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NicMaree December 19, 2019

I found another thread that suggested creating a table in Word and copying it into Confluence.  It's far from ideal but it does work :)

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Markus Menner February 10, 2020

That sucks. Just not practical.

Olive Sun February 26, 2020

Why not give the admin an option to disable the new editor just like what we have of the Jira new issue view? The experience of creating a table in the new view is extremely terrible. :(

Lee April 16, 2020

I'm going to plus-one this.  Editing the relative widths of columns is trivial.  But dealing with the overall width of the table is broken.

Migrating a page with a table in any multi-column layout seems to result in a table that is wider than the column that holds it and which needs to be scrolled to see content, with no way to fix it.

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Ben Kinsella May 28, 2020

@Brant Schroeder : I don't see the option to "change the size of the overall table" as you described in your comment on Aug 19.

I'm using Confluence Cloud,1000.0.0-1c51b4863bd0

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May 28, 2020

@Ben Kinsella - In the new editor it uses full width pages by default.  In the upper right hand corner you can change the page to fixed width which will allow you to change the table size.  If you use full width the option is not available.  See image below on where to toggle full and fixed.

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Samirah June 4, 2020

I don't have that option on my page

What do you have to do to make it appear? 

pnovodon June 21, 2020

Not working in firefox. The table is permanently responsive. Another level down the spiral of this shitty editor :(

Robin Binder July 29, 2020

If you have the table within a layout, which is optimal, you cannot change the width using arrows (in new editor). It's automatically full width, unattractive , and unchangeable .

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Lanny McNie August 9, 2021

I didn't see the table width option when the overall page was responsive. When I changed the page to fixed width, tables started to show that option/button.

Hope that helps someone else.

Antoon van Breda February 28, 2022

Found the -> <- button to change the page from full width to 'too narrow to be useful'. It still won't let me change the table width to anything *I* want.

Graeme Akerman February 20, 2023

When is this going to be fixed? Another fine example of confluence form over function.

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