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Where is the "Continue Numbering" feature?

"Continue Numbering" has been a feature in Word and other editors for ages, and a real thing in numbered lists forever. Where is this feature in Confluence? 

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This is driving me crazy, as mentioned above, I am completely unable to create a step by step guide with a numbered list because of this. This needs to be addressed ASAP.

dtuttle I'm New Here Feb 02, 2022

Came here looking for this.  You're spot on this is a frustrating miss for this tool. 

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eric I'm New Here May 11, 2022

It's flabbergasting to me that this isn't a default feature. Numbered lists are like documentation 101.

Confluence is great with the powerful widgets and organization, but I honestly struggle to want to use it because of the lack of exceptionally basic features like this, changing font type in numbered lists, etc. If I could perform the basic features that docs/word/literally any word processor program has in Confluence, it'd absolutely be my go-to for team documentation. Unfortunately, because of these pain points, it falls out of my recommendation, and I'll just keep using Google Docs.

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How is this still not added how many years later?

I agree! The Shift + Return is a work-around if you have ONE item to insert, but after that it doesn't work, How can Word be better at this than Confluence???

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Diego Atlassian Team Jan 30, 2020

Hello @Allan Brumer ! This is quite a useful request you have at hand. I was able to dig up a request that tackles exactly this:


The only workaround to that is using SHIFT+ENTER instead of only ENTER to break lines. Using SHIFT+ENTER will keep the numbering at the last value used. As soon as we use only ENTER to break a line, the next number will be used. The downside of using SHIFT+ENTER is that the text is now indented.

Here is how it works:



The best course of action, Alan, would be to vote and watch the report. Voting will help to increase the visibility and watching will keep you up to date with everything posted there.

I hope this clarifies the current situation! Looking forward to your reply.

Thank you @Diego

I did vote on the feature request.

The workaround Shift+enter works well enough when I am only working with text; however, it fails completely when I try; for example, to enter a table in the middle of a section of numbered steps. I have found no good solution to this particular case aside from inserting the table outside the numbered steps.

Additionally, I find it embarrassing to have to explain to end-users that you have to use a cludgy work around (Shift+enter) to use numbering in an application in 2020. This was a 1990s problem and it has been solved.

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Diego Atlassian Team Jan 31, 2020

Hello @Allan Brumer . Thanks for keeping this thread alive and being sincere about the repercussion of this within your company.

Also, good to know that the workaround helps you partially. I would also love to have your feedback there, within the report itself. This can help the people responsible for the development of our platform to better understand how and why the lack of any specific feature affects the customers.

Let me know your thoughts!

This is still problematic, as the other macros supported in Confluence default to inserting at the end of the numbered list. So while I can still enter standard text between numbered lists using the above SHIFT+ENTER technique, I cannot use any macros. I'm not sure why the numbered list won't allow the macros to be inserted between them? Is there any solution for that?

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I agree - not being able to continue a numbered list after a macro makes it very difficult to use confluence for How-To guides, and use the nice macro formatting to call out exceptions/notes of mention.

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This doesn't work for headers. 

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This doesn't work for INFO boxes either.  Very frustrating to use such an underdeveloped tool.

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Nor does it work for graphics. And you have to use a trick to put a space in front of the sentence and then go back to the beginning of the like to put 1. so that it doesn't auto format the line as a numbered list. Don't understand why little stuff like this hasn't been fixed.

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I bet if you "pay" for a plugin that Atlassian or some other company has this works.


What I find most ridiculous about ANY atlassian product is how absolutely unusable they are BY DESIGN because they want you to pay for the simplest of functionality. 


Honestly, this is BASIC functionality and yet this crap software that this company makes is PURPOSELY crippled of the most simplest of functionality.

What an absolute joke this software is.

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It annoys me when someone adds a comment that doesn't contribute to the thread and simply insults the developers.  Confluence has its bad points and features that are missing or not yet fully mature, but it is successful and used by a great many people and hence should certainly not be described as 'crap'.  It'd perhaps be an idea to add a 'dislike' button for comments...

I would, however, like to add my weight to the campaign to implement the continuation of numbering!

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Yes, us Tech Writers & Editors now use this tool for most all company docs, so it's not just mainly for Devs anymore---it needs to have more features for us! After pressing Enter on a step, I used to be able to press the Backspace key to eliminate the step number and just have my text, screenshot, note, table, etc. be indented---not sure why, but that was removed sometime last year. So frustrating as now I always have to use Shift+Enter instead. Also, there are times my team wants to have headings or something in-between the steps that aren't indented---can't do this no matter what workaround I try---we need to have that Continued Numbering option pls!

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