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What happened to Placeholder Text?


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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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.

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? 

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.

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

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




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