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template + page properties + variables?

I'd love to create a template for my space that includes the page properties macro with defined variables inside of it. In particular, I want a pick-list for a status field.

I was able to create the template itself -- but I could never create a page *from* that template successfully.  It kinda half-loaded but without any of the editing functionality, no way to edit the page title, no ability to click on anything and have a cursor appear.  When I removed the variables from the template, though, it behaved beautifully.

Do you happen to know if there's a trick to including variables in a page properties macro in a template? or is this not supported?

For context, I'm working in Confluence Cloud.  I am a space admin but not an overall Confluence admin.

Many thanks!

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Diego Atlassian Team Aug 06, 2020

Hello @Ashley Renlund !

As I understand, when you use Template variables in your templates, editing pages created with the template become impossible.

I tried to replicate the same behavior but was unable to. When I use template variables, the first thing that Confluence asks from me is that the variables need to be filled.

After doing that, I am able to edit the page normally. Here is what it looks like:

Creating Template Variable:

Screen Shot 2020-08-06 at 16.59.25.png


Variable After Creation:

Screen Shot 2020-08-06 at 16.59.29.png


Variable value screen:

Screen Shot 2020-08-06 at 16.59.49.pngScreen Shot 2020-08-06 at 16.59.55.png



After variable value has been set:

Screen Shot 2020-08-06 at 17.00.06.png

With the behavior I described in mind, I would like to ask a few questions:

  1. Are you presented with the screen to defined the values for the variables?
  2. If not, would it be possible for you to share a screenshot of what is actually displayed for you?
  3. Is this happening with all templates that contain variables or only this specific one?


Let us hear from you!

Apologies for being so slow to get back to you, @Diego -- some other matters came up, and I had to drop my various Confluence quests.

When I return to the template, I now see the option to define the values for the variables.  That was not the case when I wrote in August.  Similarly, pages that are created from the template now seem to be behaving themselves. 

Whatever the issue was, it seems to be resolved now.

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