The Tabs macro allows you to add tabs to provide interactive, categorized, or isolated information to the page. A Tabs macro is added to your page for each tab you want to display when you publish the page, this lets you add and edit the content for each tab without having to open the editor. You can add all the tabs you need for a single group of tabs in one go. You can also add more than one group of tabs to a page to keep everything grouped and organized how you need it.

Create a new set of tabs 

  1. Navigate to the page you want to edit.

  2. Click the Edit icon.

  3. Click Insert > View More in the Confluence editor.

  4. Select the Tabs macro in the Select Macro screen. (Alternatively, use / and begin to type tab to access the macro via the quick insert menu.)

  5. When the editor opens, it contains two tabs. From this editor, you can: 

    1. Add more tabs.
    2. Delete tabs.
    3. Customize individual tabs, eg add a name or icon.
    4. Style the group of tabs.
  6. Give your tabs names.
  7. Select Save
  8. The macro placeholders for each tab appear on your page. Put your content inside and publish the page to see the final results.

Add Tabs to the group

To add more tabs to a group already on the page:

  1. Select a tab in the group and select the edit icon. 
  2. In the editor, select the Add Tab button.
  3. Customize your tabs.
  4. Select Save.
  5. The macro placeholders for the new tabs appear on your page. Put your content inside and publish the page to see the final results.

Delete a Tab 

There are two ways to delete a tab: inside the editor or on the edit page.

Inside editor

You can use the trash icon to delete a tab from inside the editor. Once you select Save the macroplace holder for the deleted tab is removed from the page. All the content that was inside the tab is also deleted.


From the edit page

You can delete a tab from the edit page by selecting the placeholder for the macro you want to delete. Then select the trash icon. The macro and all its content is deleted.

Customize each tab

Name your tabs

Adding or changing the name of a tab is done inside the editor. Each tab needs to have a name before you can save the tabs. You can change the name of a tab inside the editor. 

  1. Select a tab in the group and select the edit icon. 
  2. Select the name field of the tab you want to change.
  3. Enter the name of your tab.
  4. Select Save.

Edit or Delete an icon on a tab

To edit or delete the icon on a tab, you must open the editor for the tab you want to change. The icon is shown beneath the tab's name.

Select the pencil icon to choose a different icon.

Select the trash icon to remove it.

Align text in a tab

The alignment of the content inside each tab can be set inside the editor. Different tabs can have their content aligned in different ways. Use the alignment buttons for each tab to change how its content is shown. 

Style your tabs 

Any styling options you choose are applied to all the tabs in that group. 

Change the header style

There are three possible header style options. 

  • Basic
  • Filled
  • Rounded

Change the accent color

You can change the color used in the header to suit your preferences, and you can also choose to add a border of the same color. Changing the color palette gives you different color options.

Put a border around your content

You can add a border to your tabs. This can be a good way to let your readers know when they've reached the end of a long tab. Select Add border from the toggle. The border color will be the same as the accent color.

Make Tab Headings Sticky

If your tabs contain a lot of content, you might want the tab headings to stay visible as you scroll down the content. You can turn this on in the first tab in the group by selecting the checkbox at the bottom of the editor.

Change the tab direction

There are two tab direction options. To switch between them, use the Tab group direction button

Horizontal Arrangement

Vertical Arrangement

Edit your Tabs

To edit a tab group, select one of the tab placeholders and select the edit icon.

Add more tab groups

To add further groups of tabs to a page, add a new Tabs macro to the page and follow the same process.


Q. Why is there a delay when I open the Tabs editor?

A. The tabs editor checks which tabs on the page belong to the group you have chosen. This takes a few moments but allows you to edit all the tabs at once.

Q. How do I change the order of my tabs? 

A. The easiest way to change the order of your tabs is to cut and paste to move the tabs around on the edit page. 

Q. Can I have more than one group of tabs?

A. Yes, to start a second group of tabs, just add another Tabs macro to the page. The second group can have different styling than the first group.

Q. What happens if I copy and paste tabs macros?

A. It depends on which tab you copy. If you copy the first tab in a group or a whole group of tabs, you will make a new group on the page. If you copy any other tab it will be added to the tab group above it on the page.

When you first open a tabs editor after copying and pasting tabs macros, it may ask you to confirm which tabs you are trying to edit. This is because the app can't tell which of the two identical tabs you are opening. After selecting Save in the macro editor this message will no longer appear.

Q. Does it matter which Tab I select to edit?

A. When you select the edit button for a Tab it opens the editor for the group that Tab belongs to. The editor will open the details for the tab you chose, but you can edit any of the tabs in the group.

Q Can I put other macros inside of Tabs?


It is possible to put other macros inside this one. Some larger or more complex macros may not work, or work differently than expected. 

When trying to figure out which marcos can be put inside others there it helps to identify the type of macro you are working with. There are two general types of macro:-

Rich Body Macros -There are macros that you can type in on the Confluence Edit page

Simple Macros - These are macros that you can not add anything to on the edit page, you can only affect them by opening them in the editor.

Typically Rich Body Macros, do not work as expected, or at all when put inside other Rich Body Macros.

Most, but not all Simple macros can be put inside a Rich Body Macro, and often work as expected.

See below for more information on what happens when you put various macros inside this macro.

MacroWorks As NormalNotes
Alert Macro

The alert will display each time that the macro holding it is opened.
Button Macro

Button Group

This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
BibTeX Reference Macro

References within tabs will only display in a Summary Macro in the same tab.
BibTeX Summary Macro

The Summary Macro will only list BibTeX references within the same tab.

Card Macro

Footnote Macro

Footnotes within tabs will only display in a Summary Macro in the same tab.
Footnote Summary Macro

The Summary Macro will only list Footnote references within the same tab.
LaTeX Macro

Progress Bar Macro

Works as long as there is only one progress bar on a page. If there are multiple nested progress bars on a single page it can cause a failure. 
Round Rectangle Macro

This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
Tabs Macro

This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
Tooltip Macro

MacroWorks As NormalNotes
Action Item

You can add the macro, but it doesn't keep it's status while in the tab.

This macro displays the attachements on the page. However the drag and drop upload function does not work. 
Blog Posts

Bullet List

Code Snippet


Contributors Summary


This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
Change History

Children Display

Content by Label

Content Report Table

Create From Template



Decision Report


Error Panel


This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
Excerpt Include


If you wish to use this macro you can put it in the cell of a table, inside the macro.
Files and Images



Include Page

Info Panel

Jira Charts

Jira Issues

Jira Legacy

Jira Roadmap

Only displays a link.

This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
Labels List


Links can be added and work, however the smart link options do not work as expected. eg. you can't use Card View, Embed View or Inline View, you can only show the url. 

Note Panel

Numbered List

Opsgenie Incident Timeline

Page Index

Page Properties

This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
Page Properties Report

This macro works as normal except when the table contains any other macros. 
Page Tree

Page Tree Search

Popular Labels

Profile Picture

Related Labels

Recently Updated 

Recently Updated Dashboard

Roadmap Planner

The roadmap displays, but the links do not display when you hover over the bars. 
Shared Links Bookmark

Spaces List


Success Panel


Table of Contents

Table of Content Zone

This type of macro will not fit inside another macro.
Task Report

If you have enough tasks to result in multiple pages of tasks, you may not be able to scroll through the pages. 
Team Calendars

Trello Card

Trello Board

Although the board will display in edit mode, it does not display in view mode. 
User Profile

Warning Panel

Widget Connector

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