What is the keyboard shortcut to check a checkbox in Confluence?

I love check boxes and keyboard shortcuts.

I often write hierarchies of boxes for subtasks, and check the sub-tasks I completed.

I would like to be able to do this while editing their content, with a keyboard shortcut or editor automation.

How can I do it?

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Sam Hall Community Champion Nov 16, 2016

In JIRA, you can use the tab button to move through fields until you highlight the checkbox, then you can use spacebar to check/uncheck.

See: https://i.giphy.com/3o7TKTAOAf1mUo4gTe.gif for an example of this in action.

Hope this helps.


**Edited answer to make clear this works for JIRA, but is not the answer for Confluence**


Thank you for your reply. However, I would like to be able to use such a shortcut during the Edit mode of a Confluence page.

When pressing Tab in a Confluence Page in Edition mode, the text gets tabulated (moved) to the right, but the selection does not change.

Sam Hall Community Champion Nov 16, 2016

Ah. Sorry - I assumed JIRA. I see now you've added the 'Confluence' label : )

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Hi wip,

The task list checkbox is not part of the tab flow in View mode, and it can't be selected/highlighted in Edit mode.

Therefore unfortunately there are no keyboard shortcuts for checking or unchecking a Confluence task list item, either in View mode or in Edit mode. 

Thank you for the information Rob. Would you happen to know if Confluence has a page for suggestions, or similar?

Sam Hall Community Champion Nov 17, 2016

You can create suggestions for any Atlassian product at https://jira.atlassian.com

Thank you! I added a suggestion here.

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I have a question actually, not sure this is the right forum but here goes:

In JIRA Portfolio we have a schedule. We update the Schedule, Commit the change and subsequently the associated Jira ticket gets updated.  What about the reverse, i.e. we log work against a Jira ticket and let's say that ticket is now completed.  Does Portfolio in turn now automatically get updated as well? 

Sam Hall Community Champion Nov 17, 2016

Hi Susan,

It's probably better to post your question as a new question using this link.

Or ask via the Portfolio for JIRA Help Centre.


Hi Susan,

Sam's right, but I've got a Portfolio guru sat a short distance away, and he says that yes, it works both ways automatically.  As he put it: "It wouldn't be much use if it didn't." smile

You should still post this in a JIRA/Portfolio forum for more detailed feedback though.

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