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New editor linking to Anchor

I decided to try out the new confluence page editor and one of the first things I wanted to do was insert an anchor for other pages to reference.

This Anchor is no longer an available macro, but it's not deprecated according to documentation and nothing in the existing Anchor docs looks designed for the new editor.

What am I missing?

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This question is not answered.

The correct answer is: They will not bring this macro back and they have no solution to this.

Please vote here:

Bring the anchor back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bring the anchor back!! The suggested solution of using one of the smaller headings does not work.  I tried to put it into a table and that also did not work.  This is really frustrating.

Why they removed? Need it as well and was using very often!

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Hi guys, I am not sure if anybody already mentioned this, but I found a workaround:

Make sure that the text you want to link to is a heading and temporary publish your confluence page, then hover over the heading until you see the 'chain' symbol and click on 'copy link to header',  go back to the edit mode of your page and use this link just like any other link. 

I hope this might help!

This worked for me. I don't know if it is relative or not; for example, if I move the page somewhere else, will the anchor link to the old location, or the heading within the page? But for now, it is a workaround.

I need links to files located on the page and often showed a file AS A LINK.  If I could hover over a file at the bottom and grab a link, that would work, but filenames are truncated, so once they are dragged onto a page, the full filename is no longer available.

Dropping Anchors reduces Confluence functionality to match that of Microsoft Sharepoint.  This is clearly making it harder to justify using Confluence over the in-house standard.

I'd just add that this is pretty fragile, any change to the text of the header appears to break links.

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This was very helpful, thanks Bo!

Please vote here if you are impacted so maybe the fix can be expedited! With only 12 people voting for the issue so far, I'm sure that's not helping matters. CONFCLOUD-66773

Voted! Thanks for this, Brooke! The vote count is now... 16. Let's move this up, people!

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They closed that one (October 2019 - "we currently have no plans in the near term to bring back the Anchor Macro in its original state.") and now we have this:


You'll find a few tickets out there in this space.

Vote them all up!

So, do we have anchors back? This is so frustrating :(

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Avinoam Atlassian Team Jun 19, 2019

Hi all,


Apologies for the frustration this has created. The anchoring capability will be coming back within the coming weeks as the ability to link/anchor directly to headers as a first step, followed by the ability to anchor to additional areas in a page.

Is there an update on the timeline for this core feature (areas in a page)?

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The 'coming weeks' have passed.  I think it's time for an update on the situation.  Tnx.  

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Just spit-balling a POSSIBLE WORKAROUND:

Create a new page for any/everything you want to link to in your document.  So page 1 (or 0 depending on your mind set) headers linking to stuff.  Pages: 2 (or 1)-... are all your sections each with links to additional pages containing subsections, subsubsections, etc.  Each page should have two buttons, one to link to their parent page and one to link to page 1 (or 0)(aka 'root').  Page 1 (or 0)(aka 'root') should also have a tree diagram of the document structure so the user can quickly see the document structure and now I think of it page 1 (or 0)(aka 'root') should have headers, subheaders, subsubheaders, etc. linking to the appropriate page in the doc.  Just throwing this out there and if you think it's a reasonable approach feel free to propose any changes and please reconsider your life choices in UI/UX.

Yeah, I had a few minutes free waiting for a process to complete.  Come on ATLASSIAN TEAM, give us some hope.

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still waiting

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Still waiting...

Bring it back please, it's very helpful!

waiting, waiting.......... :-(

It's 2020, can we please get this simple feature? It is a requirement for writing good documentation articles.

This is getting frustrating!

We are a customers and pay for real necessary features which have been canceled somewhere in the dark background  Atlassian programming office......

It is more than irritating, that nobody from Atlassian gives a statement to this and many more drawbacks of this famous new editor - best decision for the moment would be withdraw the new editor !!!!!

Agree, I would like to see Anchors in the new editor!

LOL why is the question marked as resolved - it isn't.

Good question! I was wondering about that as well!

Possibly because there was an Atlassian response to the question (see above)?  I took a stab at getting attention to this.  Maybe start a new question?

+1 for needing this feature... I'm building up a glossary and really could do with being able to insert text anchors. Eagerly awaiting the (re)appearance of this feature - otherwise absolutely loving the new editor!

This is 10 weeks old and it says "we're rolling this out gradually over the next couple of weeks, so if you don't see it yet - hold tight, you will soon!"

Still nothing.

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That one was closed with "Won't fix" which is ridiculous. Here is another one:

You should have given a proper ETA for this because this is getting beyond worst now.

Is there any way to switch back to the old editor? I don't see one.

I too am looking for a way to create an anchor in the new editor :(

OK, never mind...


The anchor macro is temporarily unavailable,

Really waiting for it!!!!  

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i have exactly the same question. been reading the documentation but can't see 'link advanced' options and 'anchor macro' anywhere.


what's the solution for this? i'd like get help.

Seriously? No anchor functionality, still?

I have no idea how to revert to the old editor. Suggestions?

How do I enter markup mode in the new editor?

2020. No Anchor.

A workaround, or that's what Atlassian wants us to do:

  • Create a TOC, set permissions and publish your page, visible to you only
  • Copy items in the TOC as anchor links.
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Come on Atlassian, it's little stuff like this that makes it hard to sell this platform to coworkers.

I couldn't agree more. I am experiencing that right now. Trying to get a team of over 20 to use Confluence and facing a barrage of complaints!

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Yeah... It's so good but it falls flat on the most basic stuff. 

@Ryan Mueller exactly. I am running a committee on improving collaboration in our organization using Confluence, and unfortunately, a lot of the very things I have been encouraging people to try and pitching as solutions to their challenges are now broken in the new editor (anchors, centering photos in tables, inserting documents as clickable links to download something like a PDF, etc.).

I love Atlassian, but the new editor challenges have really set us back. I hope we get a fix for this soon, as without the anchor macro functionality, we will have to totally rethink what we were working on. Getting everyone to reference instead of recreate content requires the anchor macro! And btw the manual workaround that appears here doesn't work. 

Is there an updated time frame for a fix @Avinoam

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Same situation here... good stuff shouldn't be removed from the product!

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Since anchors have been unceremoniously dumped, is there any suggested alternative for providing similar functionality?

Very frustrating :(

Come on Guys !  You said "A few weeks" in June.

What is the update ? 

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Avinoam Atlassian Team Sep 26, 2019

Hi all,


I know it's been a long wait but we're ironing out some final kinks and you should have link-able headers available natively in the new editor within the next 2 weeks.


Thanks for upvoting this and we're looking forward to releasing this very shortly.


We don't have anchors yet.  So I really think there should be a statement from you.  If it were me running your show a statement would go out clarifying the priority of the feature and the challenges it's presented to the dev team(eg. new framework facilitating 'x' means that such linking is very difficult/not required).  Right now the silence is a statement saying 'Screw you all, got other stuff we care about'.  That will translate from a statement about a functionality to a commentary on the company.

A statement at this point will: a) show good will and b) be a good growth experience for a junior manager.

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Bring the old editor back please ! This is no way better !

Image placement is also so difficult.

Sections - so rigid

Table - difficult ! 

So true and so annoying!

Could we get an answer here please? 

I posted a new version of this question.  If you read this maybe pile on to that question while it is still 'active'.

Cripes — this answers my recently-posted question.

Not the answer I was hoping for, of course. :/

Still no anchor macro ---- what is going on ?

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Avinoam Atlassian Team Jul 22, 2019

Hi all! anchors will soon be available natively in the new editor as the ability to link anchor to headings will be made available in the coming weeks.

May seem small but really need these back. 

Came here to find out why I can't find the anchor macro despite the documentation stating so. Is there any workaround while we wait for this to be available in the new editor, @Avinoam?

Boa tarde,

Utilizamos muito as âncoras em nossas documentações, gostaria que esta opção retornasse o quanto antes. 

Nós também... estamos aguardando.

Dear Alltassian team!

Please restore the most practical features of the old editor !!

1. anchor

2. insert thumbnails of attachment links

3. convert thumbnails to ordinary text-links

4. and so on......

Confluence is fast approaching the minimal functionality of Microsoft Sharepoint - which is not very useful. 

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