The Footnote Macro and the Footnotes Display Macro allow the addition of footnotes to a page.


  1. Go to the form you wish to edit.

  2. Click Edit.

  3. Click Insert More Content, and select Other Macros.

  4. This displays the Macro Browser. Search and select the Footnotes Macro, followed by the Footnotes Display Macro.

    The Macro Browser with the Footnote macro available.
  5. Once the Footnote Macro has been added to a page the desired content can be added inside the body. This can include text, images or other media.

  6. Multiple footnotes can be added to a page. For all footnotes to be displayed, the Footnotes Display Macro must also be added to the page. Place this macro where the footnotes should be displayed, for example, at the end of a section or at the bottom of a page.

  7. Each Footnote Macro creates a numbered marker which links to the same number within the Footnotes Display Macro and vice versa.

  8. On hovering over a footnote marker, the content of the footnote will be shown in a preview box.

Footnote Content Preview

An example of how a Footnote macro displays an image, when saved and rendered.

The macros appear as shown below.

Footnote Macro

The placeholder for the Footnote macro.

Footnotes Display Macro

The Footnotes Display Macro should be placed after any Footnote macro to ensure proper operation.



The example below shows a page with several Footnote Macros.

A Confluence page, in Edit mode, with several Footnote placeholder macros.


The example above displays as illustrated below.

The saved and rendered Confluence page from above.

Cross-Referencing Footnotes

If the same footnote content is used for multiple references, these are collated in the footnote display and the same footnote number is assigned to the reference.

A Confluence page, in Edit mode, with Footnote placeholder macros in a cross-referencing example.


The setup in the example above displays in your page as illustrated below.

The saved and rendered Confluence page from above.

Export to PDF or Word

Pages with footnote macros are exportable in both PDF and Word formats retaining all of the footnote formatting and related links. To export your page, select the required export option (PDF or Word) from the Ellipses menu in the top-right of your Confluence page. The following example illustrates the rendering of footnotes exported to PDF.

A page with Footnote macros in Confluence.

The Confluence page from above, exported as a PDF (footnotes are retained).

Limitations for Mac:

If using Microsoft Word for Mac to view an exported Word document, the footnote links return users to the top of the page, not the corresponding place in the document. Additionally, the in-line footnote links do not return to the corresponding footnote.