You can display and view Office files that are attached to a Confluence page. If you have an Office application installed, you will also be able to edit these Office files in your Office application.

This is just one of the ways Confluence can interact with Office files. For an overview of all Office Connector features, please refer to Working with the Office Connector.

(info) Your System Administrator can enable or disable the Office Connector or parts of it. The Office Connector options can appear in different places on your Confluence page, depending on the themes and configuration of your Confluence site. Please refer to Configuring the Office Connector in the Confluence Administration Guide and discuss any configuration problems with your administrator.

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Attaching and Displaying Office Files

There are two ways to do this in Confluence:

To attach and display Office files in Confluence using macros,

# Attach the Office file(s) to a Confluence page:
#* View the Confluence page where you want to display your document.
#* Open the 'Tools' menu and select 'Attachments'. 
#* Browse for your Office files and upload them to the Confluence page. 
Refer to detailed instructions in [Attaching Files to a Page].
# Now you have two options for displaying the attached document:
#* You can display the document embedded into the Confluence page, via the Office Word, Office Excel, Office PowerPoint or View PDF macros in the [macro browser|Working with the Macro Browser]. Refer to the detailed instructions in the [View File macro|View File Macro] topic.
#* You can also display a list of attachments via the [attachments macro|Attachments Macro]. People viewing the page will be able to click the 'View' link to see the Office or PDF document in Confluence.
(i) Alternatively, you can use the Wiki Markup syntax {{{nomarkup}{attachments}{nomarkup}}}.

To attach and display an Office file on a Confluence page using 'drag and drop',
(info) This feature requires Google Gears to have been installed. Refer to the Using Drag-and-Drop in Confluence topic for more information on configuring Confluence to use the drag and drop feature.

  • Drag the Office file from your computer and drop it into the Rich Text Editor window. The appropriate view file macro markup will appear in the position where you dragged the file. However, the contents of the file will be rendered in full when you preview or save and view the page.
    (info) When embedding an Office file, only one file can be dragged and dropped at a time.

This feature is not available in the Wiki Markup Editor.

Viewing and Editing the Attached Office Files

Any Confluence user who has an Office application installed will also be able to launch their Office editor from within Confluence:


Problems? Please refer to our guide to the Office Connector limitations and known issues.


View File Macro
Working with the Office Connector

Configuring the Office Connector in the Confluence Administration Guide

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