MultiExcerpt Server and Data Center - User Guide

The MultiExcerpt app performs similarly to the excerpt macro while also allowing for multiple excerpts from multiple spaces. 

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  • Ability to seamlessly transfer content between multiple pages and spaces
  • Reduces need for rewriting boilerplate documentation 
  • Can be transferred inline with current content or in a resizable block
  • MultiExcerpts can contain Informational boxes, Flow Boards, and JIRA issues
  • MultiExcerpts can render inline comments from excerpted content
  • Allows admin to turn off visibility of inline comments for anonymous users (not possible using Confluence permissions)
  • Allows users to toggle visibility of inline comments on a page

User Guide 

The MultiExcerpt function is a two-step process involving two macros:

  1. Creating the MultiExcerpt key - the text you want to multiply and display in various locations
  2. Inserting the MultiExcerpt Include to display the key text

Create the MultiExcerpt key 

  1. Select the MultiExcerpt macro
  2. Name the MultiExcerpt, then click Insert. 
  3. The MultiExcerpt key displays on page
  4. Add the text you want to display in multiple locations to the MultiExcerpt box

Insert the MultiExcerpt Include 

  1. Select the MultiExcerpt Include. If you wish to include the MultiExcerpt inline with the current content select MultiExcerpt Fast Include (Inline). Select MultiExcerpt Fast Include (Block) if you would like to insert the content as a resizable block. 
  2. Add where the MultiExcerpt key is located (Space and Page) and its Name, then click Insert
  3. The MultiExcerpt Include block displays while the Confluence page is in edit mode
  4. In view mode, your text displays exactly how it looks in the key MultiExcerpt


Find MultiExcerpt Includes 

You can search for all the locations where a specific MultiExcerpt has been included.

  1. Navigate to the page where the MultiExcerpt is located
  2. Click (page edit mode) to view the MultiExcerpt macro
  3. Click on the MultiExcerpt macro and a few options will display
  4. Click on 'Find Includes'
  5. The list of pages that include MultiExcerpt are listed. Clicking on the link will take you to that page.


MultiExcerpt Enhanced Permissions

The 'MultiExcerpt Enhanced Permissions' feature allows users to include content from restricted pages and restricted spaces with specific users and/or groups. Use this feature to render content in a controlled way to anyone you want.

This macro is in its own module so it can easily be enabled/disabled by an admin for the Confluence Server. It is disabled by default.

The "enhanced permissions" feature is complex enough that we document it in its own article: MultiExcerpt Enhanced Permissions 

MultiExcerpt Include Server Cache 

Using several instances of MultiExcerpt Include on the same page in Confluence Server may cause slower page performance if you use several instances of MultiExcerpt Includes on a single Confluence page and if caching is disabled.  To improve page performance when using several instances of MultiExcerpt Include, select the 'Cache Enabled' box in the MultiExcerpt Include macro. 

How to enable/disable cache for your site: 

Access the MultiExcerpt Admin tool under Confluence Administration:

How to disable cache for individual MultiExcerpt Includes 

Click the 'Disable Caching' box for the individual MultiExcerpt Name and click Save.

Cache flush and performance tuning 

Use the Cache Management tool in Confluence administration: General Configuration > Cache Management > Show advanced view > Scroll down to our app 

Inline Comments

Disable Inline Comment Viewing for Anonymous Users

At the time of the release of MultiExcerpt 5.5.0, Confluence has no way for admins (or anyone else) to use permissions to disable viewing of comments for anonymous users on pages that the anonymous users are allowed to view.

Now your site admin has the power to hide inline comments from anonymous users using the MultiExcerpt Admin tool:

Users Can Toggle Inline Comment Visibility on a Page

MultiExcerpt adds an item to the page menu that allows users to show/hide inline comments for that page (only for that user). This setting is persisted and is used for subsequent page visits by that user until they change it.

Enable Inline Comment Viewing in Excerpted/Included Content

Allows your site admin to enable/disable the viewing of inline comments in MultiExcerpt Includes, where the comments have been made in the body of a MultiExcerpt on some other page that contains the MultiExcerpt that is included by the MultiExcerpt Include.

That’s a long way to say, “You can now view inline comments on included content!”

This feature works on both the MultiExcerpt Include macro and on Confluence’s “out of the box” Excerpt Include macro.

Specify Custom Colors for Included Inline Comments

Allows your site admin to specify custom colors for inline comments that are rendered in an include. They can specify both a color for an inline comment when it is not selected and when it is selected (via the user, using their mouse).

This feature works on both the MultiExcerpt Include macro and on Confluence’s “out of the box” Excerpt Include macro.

Migrating MultiExcerpt from Server to Cloud or from Cloud to Server

There are MultiExcerpt apps for both Confluence Server and Confluence Cloud. There is a migration path for either direction:

Migrating MultiExcerpt from Server/Data Center to Cloud

Migrating MultiExcerpt from Cloud to Server

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