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Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials

By : Stefan Kohler
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Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials

By: Stefan Kohler

Overview of this book

Every idea, concept, and project needs documentation, which is traditionally kept in a variety of documents on different devices. Confluence 5 centralizes that documentation and provides it in one single location, available from almost any device and location. Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials is a practical, hands-on guide explaining not only how to install and administrate Confluence, but also everything you need to create, share, and collaborate on your documentation. This book will give you everything you need to get started with Confluence. Before you can start creating content, Confluence needs to be available. That is exactly where we start with this book; installing Confluence. Through a number of clear, practical exercises you will go from installation and administration, to creating content and involving your teammates. This book will teach you how to quickly create compelling content. You will learn how to involve your teammates in the process, using the Confluence workbox and share features. You will learn how Confluence can be customized with regards to look and feel, extra functionality, and integration with other tools, so that there is nothing in your way when you want to introduce Confluence 5 within your organisation. If you need to develop better collaboration on mission critical projects, then this book is for you!
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Atlassian Confluence 5 Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Adding content

Now that we have an understanding of the Confluence editor, we can look at using styling, layout, tables, and macros to create rich and engaging pages.

We start by creating a new page, which we call Lorem Ipsum, and use the generator located at to generate some paragraphs of text for us to use. If you have another document you wish to use, you can.

Most formatting can be done using your mouse and the editor toolbar, or using a keyboard with shortcuts. The latter makes editing pages very easy, but needs some getting used to.


We use paragraph styling and character formatting to emphasize parts of content or to separate the content into logical pieces. For our Lorem Ipsum page we are going to add some headings and quotes, and emphasize a few lines.

  • First we will add a header above each generated paragraph:

    1. Press Enter after the first two words of the paragraph.

    2. Select the two words, and then select Heading 1 from the Paragraph drop-down list.

    3. Headings...