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Get started with default templates

Thomas Rough

Thomas Rough Last update: Nov 28, 2018

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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Export content 

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

On the Exporting PDF menu, 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: 

Name Description
Confluence Page Layout

Exports content in the same look and feel as in Confluence

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

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

Tab Name Description
Labels Include/exclude Include/exclude child pages with particular page labels
Labels Index terms Check to use page labels as index terms
Content Enable numbered headings Check to number your headings

Keep multi-column page layouts

Uses the Confluence page layout in the export
Content Enable links to external websites If checked, web links in the PDF will be clickable
Content Enable links to Confluence If checked, links to your Confluence site will be clickable
Content Repeat table header if table breaks to a new page If checked, table headers will be repeated on all pages that the table is exported onto
Content Pagebreak Selecting this option will insert a page break after every Confluence page in the PDF export
Macros Show 'Table Of Content' macro output Displays TOC content in exports
Macros Show 'Children' macro output Displays children macro content in exports
Macros Convert image gallery tables to lists Images in gallery macros are displayed in a list rather than a grid
Captions Figure captions If an image is assigned a caption using the Scroll Title macro, you can select whether to display that caption before or after the image
Captions Table captions If an table is assigned a caption using the Scroll Title macro, you can select whether to display that caption before or after the table
File Options Optimize 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 options Make document PDF/A-3 compliant

Enabling 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 Options Image compression

Define 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/Keywords Adds metadata to the exported PDF
Bookmarks PDF Bookmarks PDF bookmarks will be added to the export for the selected heading level and all previous heading levels. e.g. Choosing Heading 3 will create bookmarks for heading levels 1, 2 and 3

After you have selected the customization options you want, click Export.

Hide default templates from users 

  Expand to learn how to hide default templates from users

It is possible 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.

Next steps

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

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