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Wikis are a great tool for managing and communicating the status of a project at a high-level. Not many people know this, our enterprise wiki, Confluence, allows you to create your own user macros. In this post I’ll show you how you can create a handful of simple macros that you can use to communicate the status of a project.
What’s a user macro?
User macros enable you to create a custom macro tag, such as {green}, which transforms data provided between the tags based on the user macro code. You must be a Confluence Administrator to create user macros.
How would I use one?
We use tables on wiki pages in Confluence to communicate the status of projects. One day, our co-founder, Mike Cannon-Brookes, blogged about how lacklustre our old ‘status’ lozenges were.
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Within a day, our Confluence Technical Lead, Per Fragemann, went ahead and sexed up our status lozenges by creating some simple user macros.
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The new macros are now used across our corporate intranet to visualise the status of projects.
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How can I do that?
Check out the short video below and try them out yourself on the Confluence Sandbox!

What user macros have you created? Share them with us!

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