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  1. When files are locked by another user

    It would be good to have a way to notify person who has locked the file out that is shared to close it by clicking a button

    44 votes
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  2. CELL function added to online

    In the desktop version of excel,

    =MID(CELL("filename",$A$1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",$A$1))+1,255)

    is the only way to find the current sheet name. On Excel Online, the function CELL does not work.

    42 votes
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  3. 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.

    41 votes
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  4. It doesn't have all functionality as desktop excel. Make Online excel = Desktop excel

    Data formatting could be made as easy as in Desktop excel. As we are very much used to mouse it will be better to have those functionality to copy paste & other functions. In simple words make Online version = Desktop version.

    40 votes
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  5. 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

    40 votes
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  6. 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.

    40 votes
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  7. Need the ability to change the cell STYLE

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

    40 votes
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  8. 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…

    39 votes
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  9. Color or the text in one cell

    With the current version of Excel Online, once you change the font color of a particular text in single cell it automatically changes the font color of every text or data in that cell.
    It would be handy if we could use different colors for the text in one cell

    38 votes
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  10. 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

    38 votes
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  11. Filter & Sort by color

    Please allow Filtering & Sorting by color, like the PC version

    37 votes
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  12. 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.

    37 votes
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  13. Someone else has this workbook locked

    I was trying to edit shared excel online and i received message like "Someone else has this workbook locked" now how i should notify "Someone" Please replace "Someone" with the username who has opened this workbook so another one can actually notify him to close.
    If its a privacy issue then Admin should notify about same.

    37 votes
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  14. Set range name & restrict to some specific user for edit

    I have been using Google sheets and that gives the option to set range names and restrict each range with some specific shared user so that no other user could edit the range data. This feature does exists in MS Excel but Excelonline does not have the option to set range name and to restrict it. This seems very disappointing as I have to share sheets among multiple users with 'user allowed only' ranges & I am unable to convert my online sheets from Google to Microsoft. I am looking for this feature as I am using my Microsoft account…

    36 votes
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  15. 36 votes
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  16. Define Name for a range

    Name a range in Excel Online and make available to use in formulas in other workbooks

    35 votes
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  17. Change colour of words within a cell

    To be able to change colour of individual words or characters to highlight those words.

    33 votes
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  18. Format Text Differently in One Single Cell

    Cannot edit the text of a single cell to more than one format/ text size/ etc. The whole cell has to be the same.

    For example, if my cell contains the words "This is a test", in the offline version of Word (and in Google Docs!) you could edit the text in the cell "This is a" to be size 12 pt font and italicized, and "test" to be bold, 16 pt font. This CANNOT be done online. Additionally, if you select a cell that's formatted like this when in the online version of the document, it overrides the customizations…

    32 votes
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  19. Show who is editing the Excel spreadsheet on Sharepoint so that I can track that person down so that I can edit the doc.

    Currently, when I try to edit an Excel spreadsheet online (shared with other users), I can't edit it because somebody else is using it. However, I have no idea who that person in the office is. It would be great if Sharepoint stated who the user is so that I go and talk to them to resolve the issue.

    In the interim, I guess I'll just use Google docs wherever possible.

    31 votes
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  20. Add option to modify the format of coin to #,##0.00

    The default Format for coin is the Europa Zone, this format is different on America, with this format the native arithmetic operation, and reports of appliacations doesn't work because not recognize our numbers.

    31 votes
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