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  1. Excel files over 5 mbs

    If someone share a link to an excel file and the file exceeds 5 mbs, you cannot open the file. There should be an option (prompt) allowing for a user to download the file provide through the link.

    In trying to share a file from OneDrive on my phone, I have no way to share a large file that is too large for most to receive via email and too large for a user to open via a link

    9 votes
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  2. Add the ability to Share/Lock specific Sheets within one Shared Excel file.

    When sharing one Excel files with multiple Sheets at the bottom, I'd like the ability to have certain shared users ONLY have access to their correct Sheet for the information they need. This ultimately will allow me to consolidate the amount of Excel files I'm currently making for 75 schools into 1 file with 75 Sheets of data.

    9 votes
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  3. Create a notification when someone has edited the file. Users can (un)subscribe to the alert.

    Create an option for email notifications when someone has edited the file. Users can (un)subscribe to the alert. For excel online updates which are instantaneous, perhaps notifications every X hours / daily digest will work. If there are no edits, no notifications are sent.

    9 votes
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  4. Enhance the functions of [EDIT ONLINE]

    when Edit excel in Sharepoint , two or more people can not use [EDIT IN EXCEL]at the same time ,but

    the function [EDIT ONLINE] cannot meet the needs of customers' very well.
    For example, changing the color of a word in a cell;
    online co-editing, all of the persons see the same data, can not filter out the data to deal with at the same time and so on.
    Please enhance the functions of [EDIT ONLINE] .

    9 votes
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  5. assign tasks via the comment box and inform person asigned to solve the task via email

    Same functionality is available in google sheets/slides. By entering ***@email.com and adding a task the person will get a notification via email that there is task for him/her to resolve. Once resolved he/she can directly mark the comment as resolved and the initiator gets a notification that this is done

    8 votes
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  6. Please create option to receive notifications anytime a spreadsheet was edited. I see this currently for folders but not for individual spre

    Please create option to receive notifications anytime a spreadsheet was edited. I see this currently for folders but not for individual spreadsheets (Google has this feature and it is tremendously helpful). Also a running revision history would be helpful to show all persons who edited the sheet, then when you click on that person's revision, it highlights where they made the revisions (also another feature that Google docs has).

    8 votes
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  7. on Excel online documents, why the update by multiple users is not managed, Google can do that

    when I try an access to an online Excel document, if this one is opened by a single user....no more RW access is possible. Google Sheets is allowing multiple users to work in the same document

    8 votes
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  8. Comment Only User

    We would like a new user type in excel online called the "Comment Only" user. This user is a view user but has the ability to add in comments. We have many users who need to view spreadsheets and having them be able to add comments would be very useful as long as they cannot EDIT the document.

    See google sheet: https://sites.google.com/site/niefoliohelpsiteforstudents/introducing-google-documents/enabling-comment-only-access-in-google-docs

    8 votes
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  9. Collaboration needed

    When working with multiple people, we should have the option to send all of them or specific person, the notification via sheet itself to let them know it has been updated along with the ability to send annotation about it.

    8 votes
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  10. cell Comment allow @username to share content or assign task to a user

    Please allow use of @username in comments in online Excel, such that someone can be directed to a given cell in case they need to be made aware of some information or a task can be assigned to that user. E.g. if someone needs to add some content, or confirm content, they would get an email to look in a particular cell or row to edit or confirm.

    7 votes
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  11. Add Support for XLTX Template File Format

    It would be useful to be able to use XLTX Template File Format also in Excel Online. Some Templates from the Office.com Template Gallery support the "Edit in Browser"-Option, so it seems that basically the "template functionality" exists also in Excel Online. But - as far as I know - it is not possible to use my own template files (*.xltx) to distribute e.g. a data entry excel sheet which should be duplicated automatically after opening the file in excel online.

    7 votes
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  12. please let me know who has the excel sheet checked out instead of just telling me it is checked out.

    please let me know who has the excel sheet checked out instead of just telling me it is checked out.

    7 votes
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  13. ability to share only part of the excel file with others

    There should be option to share only few columns/rows/cell with other people while collaborating. It will protect my data (nobody can edit it) also other can see it & work/comment on it in the next shared column/row/cell.

    7 votes
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  14. you should have an option to inform those who have a file shared with them that an update was made to the shared file

    when you make an edit to a file that is already shared with someone, you should have the option to click a notify button that would send an email to the parties who have access to that file and be made aware of changes to that file. same concept as the calendar system in outlook. when you update the calendar in outlook it allows you to send a notification that it something had been changed. this would be very handy for those who need to know when changes are made to a file, and not have to login and look…

    7 votes
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  15. comment replies and status

    Please allow comments to have comments as replies (nested conversation) and allow them to have a status that can be changed (RESOLVED, RE-OPEN, etc.) much as comments are handled in WORD in offline mode.

    7 votes
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  16. Add the ability to see who has viewed the shared document.

    It would be nice to see who is viewing the document so that I know whether sharing the document is helpful.

    7 votes
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  17. Add ability to send an automatic message to someone who has an excel file checked out letting them know I am waiting to use it.

    Add ability to send an automatic message to someone who has an excel file checked out letting them know I am waiting to use it.

    7 votes
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  18. Share the same file in different folders

    The ability to choose a file (or folder) and share it in multiple folders. Users in Folder A could have edit rights. Users in Folder B could have view rights.

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  19. Mature chat and log that is part of the the document's metadata

    The ability to chat with other users natively within a spreadsheet is very important. I've seen references to chatting with Skype which is absurd. E.g. I share a spreadsheet with 10 people. Another person logs on and want to discuss something related to it. He opens up a Skype chat with me - conversation is hidden from the other 8 people unless we forward the "meeting minutes" - what a pain now 8 people have to either read this or file it - or just pretend they never received it. Or we open a 10 person chat - 8 people…

    7 votes
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  20. Protect Range/Sheet, Collaboration Range/Sheet, Tracking history of workbook

    There are several functions that don't work the same in the online version vs desktop. Besides that, in comparison, Microsoft Excel Online doesn't have advanced features in the Google Sheets. Below are a few that are particularly frustrating to me so far:

    ~ Protecting features only works in desktop version (not work online)

    ~ Microsoft Excel Only cannot protect sheets, but Google Sheets can protect sheets or ranges. Therefore, many users can collaborate together with high security in range/ranges, same sheet/sheets in a common workbook.

    ~ and so many advanced other feature in Google Sheets doesn't appear in Microsoft Excel

    6 votes
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