The Footnote macro is a pair of macros that allow you to insert and display footnote entries on a Confluence page. Use the Footnote macro to define your footnote content then display your footnotes in a list using the Footnote Summary macro. The Footnote Summary macro lists all the footnotes that occur above it in your Confluence page. You can use it to list all footnotes at the bottom of the page, or to group footnotes in specific sections of the page.

The Footnote macros are available only in Confluence Cloud’s new editor and therefore cannot be used with migrated content.


Watch our video walkthrough to see the Footnote macros in action.

Footnote instructions

  1. Navigate to the page you would like to edit.

  2. Click the Edit icon in the top right of the page.

  3. Click the position where you want to display a footnote marker, e.g. next to a word or at the end of a sentence.

  4. Select Insert > View More in the Confluence editor.

  5. Select the Footnote macro in the Select Macro screen.

  6. Type the text to be displayed as the footnote, e.g. from 2002 census data.

  7. Click Insert. A placeholder asterisk is displayed.

Footnote Summary instructions

Once you have added your footnotes, you can insert the Footnote Summary macro.

  1. Click where you want the footnote display table to appear on your Confluence page. It will display all footnotes that have been added above it, unless already in another display table.

  2. Select Insert > View More in the Confluence editor.

  3. Select the Footnote Summary macro in the Select Macro screen.

  4. Click Insert. A macro placeholder is displayed.

  5. Click Publish to render your footnote entries on the page and display the footnotes table.

A rendered Footnote macro with the example configuration.

Due to a Confluence limitation, the Export to PDF functionality does not work for content created with the Footnote macros. If you want to preserve your content in PDF format, we recommend that you use your browser’s built-in functionality to print to PDF.