What happened to Placeholder Text?

Jana Rasmussen June 1, 2021

Recently, as I've been building templates and such, I have made use of placeholder text by using /placeholder.

Today, I went to create some information using this and cannot find it nor anything similar. See Video.

Confluence Placeholder Small.gif

 

Was it removed? If yes, is there a workaround? If it wasn't removed, why don't I have access to it anymore?

There doesn't seem to be a "Instructional Text" option for me in the Cloud version which I have seen referenced in a few Q&A spots.  Or if it's there, I'm not seeing it and not sure why.  How do I insert this instructional text?

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Jana Rasmussen June 21, 2021

An answer here: https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Confluence-questions/Does-Confluence-still-have-the-placeholder-text-macro/qaq-p/1458921#U1730617

helped illuminate why the Placeholder text was not appearing for me.  It will only appear if I am building a template.  In the example above, I was not building a template (though I transferred it to a template later). I have gone back into the template version of the example I provided in the video above and Placeholder Text does work in a Template.  But that is the only place the Placeholder macro will work.

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Sezin
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April 7, 2023

It doesn't work on Template either.

I searched for both Placeholder text and Instructional text from the + -> Other macros. But none of them is there.

Update Edit: I found Instructional text, it's not under + sign, on the left of that sign there is a page-like icon. You can find it under that.

Uma Krishnamurthy May 23, 2023

Did the instructional text let you use space between two words? For some weird reason, I it is not recognizing the space bar

Thanks!

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I also encounter the same issue described here. I created a template and tried to look for the macro using the / command or the + menu but nothing shows up even if I am in a template. 

Is there a way to get this feature back? 

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June 1, 2021

Hi @Jana Rasmussen ,

If your template editor is using the new Confluence editor, then you'll find the Placeholder text macro under the + sign menu. 

Some templates might still be using the legacy editor. For these, you will instead find a menu item with a page icon, and it's called Instructional text instead.

https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Confluence-questions/Does-Confluence-still-have-the-placeholder-text-macro/qaq-p/1458921

Jana Rasmussen June 1, 2021

It isn't there any more.  I USED to get to it (or by typing the slash / and then "place" and it would pop up) the way you described, but when I try that now, it doesn't work.  See screen recording to see what I mean.Confluence Placeholder Small.gif

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October 2, 2021

@Jana Rasmussen  It only works if you are editing a TEMPLATE and not a page.

 

 

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