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The fundamental actions in Confluence are to author and edit pages. The Confluence editor  is loaded with features that help you create beautiful pages and do great work. Check out 12 features that will help you and your team master the Confluence editor.

1. Page layouts

Do you want your Confluence page to have columns? A header or a footer? Easy said is easy done with page layouts. Layouts are easy to apply and even easier to change. Just switch layouts while editing and your content will adjust on the fly.

Page layouts_Confluence editor

2. Drag and drop

It’s already easy to attach files to Confluence pages by dragging and dropping them into the editor. It’s just as easy to move images and macros around within a page. With drag and drop simplicity, even your most basic users can create engaging content.
Drag and dop editing_Confluence editor

3. Auto-formatting

Auto-formatting is a gift that we hand-picked for all the wiki markup pros out there. Auto-formatting converts the wiki markup you type into the editor to rich text, on the fly. Formatted texts, lists, tables – it all works. There’s also support for macros, links, and images. So, go ahead and use your favorite markup to insert a macro and watch as Confluence instantly converts it to rich text. You might not get that magician set for Christmas, but at least you have the magic of auto-formatting.

Auto formatting_Confluence editor

4. @mentions

You use them in Facebook and Twitter, so why not at work? The familiar feature from social networking is also useful for getting work done. @mentions are a great way to get a co-worker’s attention on relevant content without having to use email. Try these 3 ways to keep your team connected with @mentions and thank us later for your increased productivity.

@metions_Confluence editor

Oh, and on that note, have you discovered the share button?

5. Autocomplete for links

Five golden rings! Well not quite, but the three autocomplete keyboard shortcuts are gold when it comes to saving you time. Autocomplete gives you three simple shortcuts to quickly insert links, documents, images, media, and dynamic macros, into Confluence pages. With these three keys you can take your Confluence pages to new heights, all without having to use your mouse.

Autocomplete for links_Confluence editor

6. Autocomplete for media

Autocomplete for media_Confluence editor

7. Autocomplete for Macros
Autocomplete for macros_Confluence editor

8. Keyboard shortcuts

We couldn’t get you a brand new car this year, but we did get something to satisfy your need for speed. Keyboard shortcuts let you focus on cranking out work fast, without having to reach for your mouse. Check out our documentation for a list of all the keyboard shortcuts you can use in Confluence. Next year we’ll probably have to get you a new keyboard (wink)

Keyboard shortcuts_Confluence editor

9. Copy and paste images

As if you didn’t have enough options for adding images to your pages, you can also copy and paste them directly into the editor. No matter which way you choose to do it, it’s dead simple to jazz up your pages.

Copy and paste_Confluence editor

10. Auto-convert

Auto-convert takes the links you paste into the editor – Confluence pages, JIRA issues, YouTube videos, Skitch images, Flickr photo streams, Vimeo videos, and Google maps – and transforms them into rich content, instantly.

11. Image effects

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in Confluence you can make your pictures even more valuable with image effects. You might not be a photoshop pro, but at least you can fake it with 5 beautiful effects to bring your images to life. Just insert your image and see which effect works best.

Image effects_Confluence editor

12. Create issues

This gift is for our loyal JIRA Software and JIRA Core users out there. It’s easy to link content created in Confluence to actionable issues without ever having to leave the editor. Now your teams that swear by Confluence can work with your teams that live in JIRA Software and JIRA Core. You can also easily link back to the issues that are embedded in your Confluence pages using auto-convert magic. Now everyone is happy!

Create issues_Confluence editor

Ready to learn more?

We’ve shared 12 of our favorite tips and tricks for using the Confluence editor, but there’s even more for you to discover. Check out more ways you and your team can use Confluence.

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PS: We’d love to hear how you use these features within your team. Drop us a comment and let us know!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in December, 2012 and has been updated for freshness and comprehensiveness.

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