In the new editor, I cannot find any way to change a table's properties so that it's width is set by its contents. In the "classic" Confluence page editor, there was an option to select Fixed width or Responsive. I could create a wonderfully small table for things like short text values. Now, I am forced to have a giant table no matter what I do.
As a workaround, I can put a table into a set of 3 columns but that's messy.
I rely on Confluence every day for work. I honestly thought the classic table editor was the best I've ever used.
The new table editor looks sleeker but is just plain cumbersome compared to the power of the old table editor toolbar. It's a real shame.
Please please please bring back responsive-width tables!
PS I am using the old editor, and even when set as responsive width, the table goes to full width after publishing
I think this is when they are over worried about form-factor i.e., put it all for people browsing tables on their small-form devices.
But seriously, you can't do everything using a smartphone. The developer should not forget the importance of the laptop and desktop browser form-factor for working beyond simple tables.
Confluence table handling is definitely going the pan. Seems they want to sell to small children now. Apart from not being able to set the width, in years gone by you could have nested tables. And if remember correct;y, you could set the row height too,
This determined march backwards is as bizarre as it is frustrating.
It shows in the animated gif on the Confluence Editing Improvements page Tables section that there is a double-ended arrow icon to the right of the table that allows you to change between Wide, Full-Width, and Fixed-Width, but I don't see that icon in my editor. How can I get that icon to show up?
There are two sets of arrow buttons. One appears at the top of the page and it makes the entire page either full-width or fixed width (narrow and centered). The other appears at the top right of a table, but only if the page is set to fixed width.
If the page is set to fixed-width, then tables have the option to go wide, full, or centered. If the page is set to full-width, tables automatically go to full-width as well with no option to change.
It's a very strange design choice because you have the option of having your page narrow and centered with tables extending far outside the margins of the rest of the page. Looks weird to me.
The Atlassian team needs to realize that when they change or remove functionality they destroy any consistency their customers have put into their documents. Now you can't indent within tables using the new editor either. I'm not sure what Atlassian has against indentation, because indent functionality was removed and restored not so long ago and it's something I make use of heavily.
Frustrating indeed, but I have a work-around here that I use for my wide tables:
I was afraid that would be the answer. Yes, we can still use the old editor, for now. Since that is going to be replaced by the new one soon, I'm not counting on that as a long term fix.
I also tried the following "workaround" to get a thinner table:
While it looks good in the preview, the width shrinks significantly when publishing the page, so it really smashes the table too tight.
I also tried with a 2 column layout and that seems to suffer the same issue, only less so. It's as if the two columns are squeezed width-wise and then the set of two columns is centered (I stuck some simple text in the other column and it was obvious that the available space for the table in one column and the text in the other diminished greatly upon publishing).
Well, I'm an author who has spent several hours, days, weeks etc.. not being able to a) select responsive b) being stuck with column widths that are just plain silly. Who checked this (not so cheap) product out? I've got a long.. long document in Confluence that looks like crap and its taken a mountain of formatting (limitations) to get it looking anywhere reasonable. Sorry does not cut it with me!
BTW(2) if I see one more damn badge I'm gonna scream!
Also for us the missing possibility to define the width of tabel coluns in the new editor is a big drawback compared to what was possible before. I'm wondering, who at Atlassian decided to force cloud users on the new editor eventhough many of the prevouosly available features are still missing!
These tables are causing me no end of problems. Not being able to have responsive tables is unbelievable, it's like going back 10 years in technology - you know Atlassian, people use mobiles and tablets to view pages too!
The biggest issue for me though is when I try and print a page (print to PDF but export to PDF breaks tables too), tables are cropped. This is a huge problem as I share docs with clients via pdf because we can't have hundreds of clients logging into our Confluence.
The old auto column width based on content and page width was so much better.
This is absolutely ridiculous. I've set up Confluence for a client. So, because it is a new subscription, I am being forced to only use the new editor. Client is not impressed at all by the tool.
Confluence Cloud is already missing basic functionality (such as copying a page tree), but now they are forcing us to use an editor that lacks even the most basic functionality???
It actually feels like Atlassian is actively trying to drive customers away. I am at a complete loss trying to understand their thinking.