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  1. Highlight cells affected by formula when editing

    Like the desktop version, when a formula is being edited (F2), highlight with colors the other cells used in the formula.

    55 votes
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  2. Allow the time and date to be corrected or the time zone to be adjusted in Excel Online

    Not so much an idea as a fix. MS should make it so you can correct your timezone (time and date) within Office Online so time and date related formulas are correct.

    54 votes
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    23 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Row based Date stamp function capturing when data is changed in that row.

    Provide an Excel function that date stamps a row when any change is made to data in that row (other than the date stamp column). This is exceptionally useful when maintaining membership data, inventory records etc.

    52 votes
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  4. Enable VBA for Excel Online

    Enable VBA for Excel Online. Others have suggested a scripting language like google sheets has (which is javascript). No, keep it VBA.

    51 votes
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  5. Can we add Immersive Reader support for Excel on the web?

    Since Immersive Reader also handles math, formulas, and translation, it would be really helpful to have this available in Excel. Immersive Reader also offers read aloud and is extremely beneficial in support of accessibility for all learners/users.

    50 votes
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  6. modify excel online to open password protected files

    like other email websites (gmail, etc), excel online should also have feature to open password protected files without download to the pc, it should be open online by entering the file password

    50 votes
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  7. Add ability to reference a cell in another sheet with a simple click (like the desktop version)

    In the desktop version of excel, I can reference a cell from another sheet in my formula simply by clicking to that tab and cell. For example to make ='Sheet2'!A1 , I simply have to hit "=" and then click to the tab and cell I want in the formula.

    In Excel Online, it is not as user friendly. In order to achieve that reference in a formula, I would need to type out the entire formula, in the process clicking back and forth to remember which cell I am referencing.

    50 votes
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  8. Edit history for individual cells

    I would like to see edit history for individual cells. Google sheets has this option and it has proven invaluable so I would like to see it available in Excel Online

    49 votes
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  9. Need the ability to change the cell STYLE

    Online versions needs to be able to change the cell style.

    49 votes
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  10. Using custom colors from a theme - bug in Excel 2016?

    When you select a custom theme which contains custom colors, you can used those colors initially only with shapes. By doing the following you can use them with cell formatting as well:
    1. Select a theme with custom colors
    2. Insert a shape
    3. Change the fill color with a custom color from the ribbon "home"
    4. Select a cell and you can change the color to a custom color as well

    If you do not follow steps 2..4 you can not use custom colors. Even more worse if you follow all steps and you want to use the context…

    47 votes
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  11. Show formulas

    This option would allow you to toggle seeing formulas in cells rather than their calculated values.

    46 votes
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  12. Excel Online - sheet print area

    Excel Online - Set Print Area - would be nice to be able to set a print area that can be saved, so that when others use the document, it will print the same way without having to redo all the settings.

    45 votes
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  13. Row and column highlighter

    Row and column targeting highlighter. I would love a feature that when I point or click on a cell, the entire row and column is highlighted with a
    color that I can choose from a pallet. This feature would confirm when entering values into a specific cell, that you can ensure you are working on the right row or column because often sheets are very large and making sure you enter a value into the right cell can be a problem especially after hours of staring at a spreadsheet with many values. This feature can of course be turned on…

    43 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. I have an Excel file with links to local folders and when I sync that file to Onedrive I'd like the links to refernence the Onedrive folders

    I have a local Excel file with links to local folders, all in my local OneDrive folder, all synced to the online OneDrive. I'd like the online version of the Excel file to link to the online folders. And I don't want to enable the "Use Office to Sync Office files that I open" in the OneDrive Settings Office tab.

    43 votes
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  15. Hide or disable the "Edit in Excel" option when users read or open a document from a SharePoint library in Excel Online

    Useers who have ReadOnly permission for a SharePoint Library see the "Edit in Excel" option displayed to them. This will fail when they click since they do not have permission.
    reported by a customer on the SPYam Yammer network
    https://www.yammer.com/spyam/#/threads/show?threadId=791261832

    41 votes
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  16. 41 votes
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  17. I would like to have more color options or the ability to make custom colors. (when highlighting cells)

    I use Excel to color code our schedules for work and It would be really helpful if there were more color options or the ability to create custom colors.

    40 votes
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  18. Multiple Text Colors in one Cell

    Multiple text color in current excel online is unavailable.
    The multiple color text will ease the editing & online coworking experience, especially in emphasizing a point without turning everything into the same color.
    Really hope to see this improvement updated soon.

    37 votes
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  19. Allow editable ranges in Excel Online

    As with the 'offline' version, be able to protect sheets/workbooks and allow editable ranges.
    Excel Online defaults to protecting the entire sheet,
    As shared excel files/reporting are a large part of the new apps (MS Teams) it would make sense that this feature is included in the Online Excel version.

    37 votes
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  20. How to change the themes in excel online

    How to change the themes in excel online

    37 votes
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