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A number of macros that produce or modify tables share common capabilities as described below. A JavaScript enabled browser is required to enable most of these capabilities.


  • Column sorting - sort a column by clicking on column heading. Clicking again will reverse the order. 
  • Data specific sorting - see the columnTypes parameter
  • Column selection - hide columns
  • Auto sort of selected column
  • Auto numbering of rows - ability to automatically add a leading column with the data row count.
  • Auto totalling of numeric columns
  • Row highlighting on mouseover - the row is highlighted when mouse goes over any row element for non-heading rows
  • Column attributes - ability to set the display attributes (color, font) on a column basis
  • Table attributes - set table class, table style, and row styles - See Styling Table Columns

Macros that include this support

Common parameters

The following parameters part of our common table capabilities that are available to many macros that produce or modify tables.

(info) Click a column heading to toggle the sorting of that column.

ParameterDefaultMacro Browser LabelDescription


1Heading rows

Number of rows to be considered as heading rows. Heading rows do not participate in column sorting.


0Footing rows

Number of rows to be considered as footing rows. Footing rows do not participate in column sorting.


trueEnable column sortingSet to false to disable sorting.


trueEnable row highlighting on mouse overAs the mouse moves over a table row, the row will be highlighted by default. Set to false to stop this behavior.


 Auto sort columnThe table can be auto sorted before it is displayed by any valid column name or number provided by this parameter. No auto sorting will be done if this value is not provided or is invalid. A column number is a 1-based count of columns (excluding auto number column).


falseSort descendingIf sortColumn is used, this determines the order of the sort that is automatically done before display.


 Sort tip on mouse overText displayed when mouse is over a sortable column. Normally, this value is Click to sort or equivalent translation.


falseShow sort iconUse true to include a sort icon in the first heading row for sortable columns. An icon will show for the last column sorted indicating the direction the column was sorted.


lightgoldenrodyellowHighlight colorColor of row when mouse is over a row element. See Web colors for how to specify.


falseAuto number on each rowUse true to show an additional column that show row number for each data row.


falseAuto number sortUse true to enable the auto number column to be sortable. This will retain the original data row count even after row sorting.


falseAuto total rowUse true to append a row to the end of the table that will contain totals of all numeric columns.


 Column types

Normally all columns are treated as strings for sorting purposes unless a more specific sort type is provided either by the macro logic (SQL Macro) or by this parameter. The parameter is a comma separated list of column type indicators to identify column types.

  • S - string
  • I - integer
  • F - float (since 5.1.0 may contain comma numeric separator)
  • FC - float with comma as decimal separator and period as numeric separator (since 5.1.0)
  • C - currency or similar where it is a float value with pre or post characters
  • CC - C with comma as decimal separator (since 5.1.0)
  • M - date in many popular formats. See Advanced Date Sorting for more information.
  • D - date in the browser date format. See How to Add Advanced Date Sorting Using the D Column Type for more information.
  • E - emotions or other HTML elements (since 5.0.0)
  • X - exclude this column from user selectable sorting
  • H - hide the column
  • . or - or : or / - separated numbers, like phone numbers or TCP addresses. Valid values are multiple integer numbers separated by one of the separators indicated by the type.


 Column attributesA comma separated list of values used to modify cell attributes for all cells in a column. The position in the comma separated list corresponds to the column that the values apply to. Each value is a double semi-colon list of attributeName=value pairs that will be applied to the column cells.


trueEnable heading attributesAny column attributes provided will be applied to the all column rows including heading rows. Use false to have the column attributes apply only to data rows.


auto generatedTable idTable id can be referenced for use in macros (like the chart macro) or javascript.


@defaultTable classSets the class of the table. Normally, it will be confluenceTable. Use a blank (one or more spaces) value to not have any table class.


 Table styleStyle attributes can be set. For example: font-style:italic; background:lightblue;.


 Table row styles

A comma separated list of styles. Each style is made up of one or more properties. The first is applied to all heading rows determined by the heading parameter. The remaining styles are applied to the remaining rows in order with repetition as necessary.
Example: ,
background:lightyellow;, background:lightblue;


trueRetain row style order after sorting

When selected, the row styles correspond to the order the rows are displayed on the screen. When not selected, the original style given to a row is retained not matter where the row lands after sorting.


 Table widthIn pixels or %. Recommend using style settings instead.


 Table border widthIn pixels. Set class to blank also. Recommend using style settings instead.

Date sorting


|columnAttributes=style="text-align:center;", ,style="background:yellow; font-size:14pt;"}
|| Name || Phone || TCP ||
| John | 555-1234 | |
| Mary Lou | 555-2134 | |
| Bob | 555-4527 | |

which renders as:






Mary Lou




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  1. Hi,

    Highlighting of table rows (on mouse-over) does not work when the Documentation Theme is in use. Seems to be a CSS conflict or similiar. In all other themes it does work fine, just it doesn't in the Documentation Theme which is by incident my favorite theme..... Hi Mr Murphy....

    Issue found using Firefox and MS-IE. Our Confluence version is 3.5.9

    Any way to fix this issue?

    1. I don't see a problem on this page which uses the documentation theme: Groovy Task for Bamboo. Please narrow down the problem and create an issue if necessary.

      1. Hi Bob, I copied your small {csv} piece from your page and tried it on my server. Same behavior. Can turn issue on and off by changing the Theme.

        What do you suggest to try to narrow down the problem?

        I checked our stylesheet. The only customization on its CSS are #header and #breadcrump. Can't imagine that this influences the rendering of tables.

      2. I hacked a bit and found that the mouseover and mouseout event-handlers are working fine. Problem seems to be with <TR bgcolor>.

        I narrowed the problem down to com.atlassian.confluence.plugins.doctheme:documentation/splitter.css.

        As soon as this css is imported, the problem appears.

        splitter.css sets

        body, p, td, table, tr, .bodytext, .stepfield, .wiki-content p, .panelContent, .wiki-content a{
                color: #000;
                background: #fff;

        I'm not an css expert. Is this related to the observed behavior? I think at some point the color specified by splitter.css overrides the colors set by your javascript.

        1. I think I found the offending line in splitter.css:

          body, p, td, table, tr, .bodytext, .stepfield, .wiki-content p, .panelContent{
              color: #333;

          If I remove the line "background:none;", the row highlighting works.

          I'm trying to find a quick solution without waiting for you to fix the plugin.

          Since the splitter.css is in a jar file which I don't want to modify and rebuild, is there a way to overwrite this in the space's style sheet? (Space admin menu?)

          What would the the correct syntax to make this happen?  Any side effects to expect by doing so?

  2. it would be great if you could add 2 more features:

    • allow to specify the background color for individual cells, not just the whole column
    • merged cells (col span)

    These are the most requested features to be added to Confluence tables.

    (I guess it would be hard to implement while staying backwards compatible with the existing Confluence 3.x table format)

    1. Please create separate issues for new request you have. Improvements get looked at each time a new release is being worked on.

  3. Is their a way to apply a style to an individual cell?

    1. No, not really. It is by column and row. However, for individual entries, you can probably use some other macros like from Content Formatting Macros.