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Confluence Tips and Tricks: Using Interactive Statuses

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We continue our series of blog posts about useful tips and tricks in Confluence. In the recent blog posts, we were writing scripts for counting the number of checked and unchecked boxes in task lists and for counting status labels of all types.

In this blog post, we will review a custom project developed for a customer of ours. We provide the services of developing custom add-ons for Confluence and JIRA, the details on the completed projects you can find in our blog posts:

During the development and testing of this app, we have found it quite useful and started using its capabilities in some Confluence spaces for better user experience with statuses.

Limitations of the Status macro

At the moment Confluence allows you to add status labels and set their titles, as well as select the appropriate color from the default ones. But there are only 5 colors for your choice; this can be not enough for you.

An additional problem is with the addition and management of the Status macro. You can change the status only when you switch the page to the edit mode. It is quite inconvenient when you want to instantly change the status for some task or subject.

Our custom add-on resolves all these issues and gives you much flexibility for the management of statuses and rapid change of status while viewing the page. An additional enhancement, which the add-on offers, is the centralized management of status types. Now you can create separate lists for different task types or things. So now you can keep consistent task lists with statuses specific to your current needs.

Let’s see in detail all these features in real life.

Centralized Management of Status Lists

The app adds the administration section where Confluence administrators can manage status lists and manage the appropriate statuses for each list. While managing statuses you can set the background colors and text colors in HEX format or specify color names. You can create individual sets of statuses for all your use cases and further use them on your Confluence pages.


Adding Interactive Statuses to Pages

Interactive statuses are added to Confluence pages as native statuses. So you can either select from the Insert menu or enter the macro name on the page.

confluence_status_macro_inserting_on_pageWhile editing the macro you can select the appropriate set of macros and then insert the required status from the selected set. Optionally, you can apply the outline style the same as in the native Status macro.confluence_edit_status_macro_parameters

Using Interactive Statuses for Issue Management

The usage of interactive statuses can be very efficient for the management of issues lists. You can pre-define the list of issue statuses and your entire development team can instantly indicate status on each issue in particular. This simplifies the overall collaboration and saves your time on constant switches to the edit mode.


Event Planning with Interactive Statuses

Another way you can use interactive statuses in your Confluence is planing events within your company or within your teams. You can create a page blueprint with the list of team members and status macros. Then each team member can set his or her status for events and in such a way you can easily track the number of people going to the event.

Setting status in the page view mode is quite easy and convenient, and your teammates will save a bit of time on doing this.


Indicating Page Status

Interactive statuses can be also used for page management when you can on the fly change the page status and indicate whether it is approved or not, or it requires review.


The add-on simplifies the user experience with status labels and provides a quick and easy way to update statuses.

Handy Status macro (formerly known as Interactive Status macro) was released on March 29, 2016 as a part of Handy Macros for Confluence add-on and now is available in the Atlassian Marketplace.