We're happy that you've decided to get started with Scroll PDF Exporter. This article will guide you through the steps required to set up your first export, using the built-in default templates.

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Exporting to PDF is simple – just open the page you want to export, then click ••• > Export to PDF. Make sure to select the option with the PDF icon, otherwise you'll be using Confluence's inbuilt PDF Exporter.

Choosing a template

Now you can pick which default template you want to use – Article, Confluence Page Layout, or Documentation. The templates have different designs and are intended for different purposes:

Confluence Page Layout

Exports content in the same look and feel as in Confluence

ArticleSame as the Documentation Layout, but only includes the page content (not the page title etc.) This setting is recommended for single-page exports
Documentation LayoutCreates exports in a style suited to documentation

Define export settings

After selecting your desired template, you can click More Details to display several customization options:

LabelsInclude/excludeInclude/exclude child pages with particular page labels - learn more here
LabelsIndex termsCheck to use page labels as index terms
ContentEnable numbered headingsCheck to number your headings

Keep multi-column page layouts

Uses the Confluence page layout in the export
ContentEnable links to external websitesIf checked, web links in the PDF will be clickable
ContentEnable links to ConfluenceIf checked, links to your Confluence site will be clickable
ContentRepeat table header if table breaks to a new pageIf checked, table headers will be repeated if the table breaks onto a new page
ContentInsert a page break after every Confluence pageIf checked, a page break will be inserted after every Confluence page in the PDF export
ContentAttachmentsIf the option Embed referenced attachments is selected, the generated PDF export will contain the attachments included on the exported pages
MacrosShow 'Table Of Content' macro outputDisplays TOC content in exports
MacrosShow 'Children' macro outputDisplays children macro content in exports
MacrosConvert image gallery tables to listsImages in gallery macros are displayed in a list rather than a grid
CaptionsFigure captionsIf an image is assigned a caption using the Scroll Title macro, you can select whether to display that caption before or after the image
CaptionsTable captionsIf a table is assigned a caption using the Scroll Title macro, you can select whether to display that caption before or after the table
File OptionsOptimize links for printing

Adds a footer section displaying the full URLs of all links on the page. Further customisation options remain available for link suffixes, see Define template settings for additional information.

File OptionsMake document PDF/A-3 compliantEnabling this setting, creates a PDF/A (ISO-standardized) version of the PDF upon export. This file type is intended for archiving purposes and long-term preservation of electronic documents.
File OptionsImage compressionDefine whether images are compressed in the export. Reducing the image quality (e.g. Low quality), increases the compression for exported images and will reduce the size of the exported file. As a result, images may appear distorted.

PDF Metadata

Title/Author/Subject/KeywordsAdds metadata to the exported PDF
BookmarksPDF Bookmarks

After choosing a specific heading level, PDF bookmarks will be created for the selected and all previous heading levels

BookmarksExpanded levels

Choose how many bookmark heading levels are displayed in the export. Bookmarks will be expanded up until the selected heading level

BookmarksBookmarks PanelSelecting this option will automatically display the bookmark panel when the export is opened

After you have selected the customization options you want, click Export. Once the export is created and can be downloaded, a success message is displayed.

Hide default templates from users 

It is posible to hide/display the default templates on a global or space level. To change the setting on the space level, Confluence administrator or Space administrator permissions are required, and to change the setting on a global level, Confluence administrator permissions are required.

To hide/display the templates on the global level, navigate to General configuration > Scroll Runtime > Advanced plugin settings, and select Scroll PDF Exporter in the dropdown in the top-right of the screen. Now, edit the templates.bundled.visibility.global key and select Hidden or Visible.

By default, all spaces use the global setting unless the space setting is defined explicitly. If a space setting is defined explicitly, it will always overwrite the global setting. To change the setting for a specific space, you can use the following URL replacing base_url and a space_key with values from your instance:


Following this, select Scroll PDF Exporter in the dropdown in the top-right of the screen. Now, edit the templates.bundled.visibility.space key and select Hidden or Visible.

Scroll Translations/Versions users

Alternatively, Scroll Versions/ Scroll Translations users can also change the setting for a specific space by opening the space and navigating to: Space tools > Scroll Add-ons and then press the ALT key to make a menu entry for Advanced Plugin Settings appear at the bottom of the administration section.

Next steps

If you want to create your own custom template that fits your precise needs, you can use the inbuilt custom template designer.