Exclude content macro


External Share for Confluence is a Confluence add-on that allows users to share content with individuals outside of their organization. In certain cases, specific content, such as sensitive information or proprietary data, should not be shared externally. To address this concern, the "exclude content macro" can be utilized to exclude particular content from external sharing. It is essential to be aware of the potential risks and implement strategies to avoid unintentional exposure of sensitive information.

Using the Exclude Content Macro

Follow these steps to use the exclude content macro in External Share for Confluence:

  1. Create or edit a page in Confluence and identify the content you want to exclude from sharing.

  2. Insert the "exclude content macro" around the content you want to exclude by typing /exclude content and then selecting the macro from the dropdown menu that appears. In the macro configuration, select the type of macro (start, end).

  3. Save the page, create an external share link, and view the page to ensure excluded content is no longer visible when viewing the page externally.


Important Risks and Considerations

Be aware of the following risks and considerations when using the "exclude content macro":

Editing Mode

If the "Allow Editing" option is enabled for the external share, external users can access edit mode, which will display hidden parts and allow them to edit the content. To mitigate this risk, consider disabling the "Allow Editing" option for the share or only granting editing access to trusted external users.

Search Excerpts

Since it is not possible to disable the search feature entirely, excluded content may still appear in search excerpts on the external share, potentially exposing sensitive information to external users. To minimize this risk, you can remove the search feature from the UI; however, be mindful that the search endpoint cannot be disabled.

Macro Placement

If the "exclude content macro" is used in a table, it will only affect the table cell where it is placed. Ensure proper placement of the macro to exclude the desired content.

End Macro Type

In the absence of an "End" exclude macro type, everything after the "Start" type will be removed. Ensure both "Start" and "End" types are correctly placed to avoid unintended exclusion of content.


The "exclude content macro" is a valuable tool for controlling what content is shared externally while still allowing you to edit and manage the content as needed. By following the steps outlined above and being mindful of the potential risks, you can effectively exclude specific content from external sharing in Confluence and safeguard sensitive information.