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What is the shortcut to add calendar-style dates?

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Questions and Answers

I stumbled across a shortcut/macro that allowed me to add dates in a quite a neat calendar-style date but I can't for the life of me remember what I typed to create it. Can anyone help me?

Please see screenshot below for an example of what it looks like. You can click the date and a calendar pops up.

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Try the  //

This is the solution at the meeting notes Blueprint smile


By looking at //, I thought something has been truncated after this. Was not expecting that // shows up date picker.

Thanks for the answer.

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It's magic :) :) If I am hurry, I always try to use every key two times, sometimes it helps :) :) 

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I am trying to provide a date field with date picker as per above. I am able to insert the variable field by typing the //, highlighting, then clicking insert template items button and choosing new variable from drop down, however no calendar pops up in either Edit or Preview mode in the template. What am I missing?

Hi @Patrick Dunn

Could you send me a print screen how do you try? I missed the line are you in a template editor creating a page template or in a page edit mode?


I would have never guessed // activates the date picker. Where is this documented???

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Is there a similar macro I can use in a Jira card? Thanks

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Having UG to Jira 8.5 I was really hoping // would add the datepicker in Jira :-(

@Alex Shirley it's documented

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Currently // is not supported in Jira, why? And now in current version of Confluence Cloud, no longer supported! What's the new shortcut? Thanks.

@Rudolf Arada I tried in our production Confluence Cloud, and // is working properly. I recommend you to create a support ticket for Atlassian


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The link given above for the documentation of the date picker and associated shortcut does not work for me, and searching for 'date picker', 'date' or 'picker' under does not return anything useful.

// worked like a charm!

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Hi there,

Typing // to add a date on your Confluence pages works like a charm. There's another trick allowing you to save time.

Handy Date from our Handy Macros for Confluence adds the ability to change dates in the page view mode without editing the page. It's available for any hosting. This app also includes macros to create dropdowns, buttons, timestamps, and others so you can get much more than just a date picker with its help. See the gif below for details


Can the dates we add with the // shortcut be added into a calendar as an event?  if so, how....

Deleted user Feb 19, 2019

If you include these sorts of dates in a Task List, then they will show as the Due Date in the Task Report Macro.

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Is there a way to have the result of // display time next to the date?

This shortcut is no longer working, at least not with the new pages version anyone has a clue of what the new shortcut is??? 

yes i have the same issue only on new pages, old pages // still works...

We are on server version 6.3 and the // works perfectly.  What version are you at?

I have no idea in which server version I am :( just know that the // shortcut doe snot on the NEW templates that Confluence is rolling out (like the meeting one). The shortcut does work on pages in the 'old' format. 

Where can I see in which version I am? 

Kesha Thill Atlassian Team Jun 28, 2018

Hi @Hannah Zambrano

It sounds like you may actually be on Cloud? I can't confirm, but if you're seeing the new templates in your instance then the // shortcut for the date picker isn't currently functional. To access the date picker, please use the macro menu (the + in the editing bar). We're working on getting the shortcut rolled out asap! 

Hi @Kesha Thill Thanks for the reply... funny I have worked with confluence for 4 years already in 2 different companies and I have no clue if I was on the cloud or not. Will keep an eye on the editing, there are a lot of small problems with these new formats :( hope you guys finish the rollout soon. :( 

FYI, // now works on Cloud

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it does work on cloud just tried it

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