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  1. Password-protected Excel Workbooks on OneDrive

    Password protected spreadsheets do not allow them to be opened again on One Drive. No prompt to enter password...

    23 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. If someone has a document open, Just incorporate a message to them in teams and/or outlook to close it

    If someone has a document open, Just incorporate a message to them in teams and/or outlook to close it

    23 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Excel online needs to have all the same functions as regular excel.

    Excel online needs to have all the same formatting functions as regular excel. Its very frustrating to not be able to format your worksheet or the cells the way you want them to be.

    23 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Support Background image for excel worksheet in Excel Online

    We have an option to set background image for Excel worksheet using Page Layout > Background. We can add images like confidential, draft copy etc. using this option we can show the image on every page on excel worksheet.

    This option works fine in Excel desktop application. However, in Excel Online, it says this feature is not supported.

    Even in SharePoint Excel Web access web part also the background image is not showing up.

    It would be nice if this feature is enabled in Excel Online/SharePoint Web Access web part too.

    Alternate options for background option would be setting up…

    23 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Ability to filter column by colour

    I can currently filter a column by text, would be nice to be able to filter a column by colour from the drop down. Thanks

    23 votes
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  6. [Embed] if you uncheck "Include a download link", then disable view full size workbook

    On the embed code screen, if you uncheck "Include a download link", then disable view full size workbook

    When you uncheck "Include a download link" your are telegraphing that you "don't want someone to download you Excel file".
    But you can still "view the full-size workbook" because icon is still active.

    Improvement: Disable "view the full-size workbook" when you uncheck "Include a download link"

    This would be a nice security feature Then this acts as a true viewer, like the good old ActiveX days ;)

    Also prevent someone from hacking the script to get the download!

    23 votes
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  7. More keyboard shortcuts

    If you vote for this one, let us know which keyboard shortcuts you'd like us to add!

    23 votes
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  8. Word Wrap By Default for all cells

    Word wrap is not enabled by default. Usually we have to enable it one column at a time or cell at a time. Can we have it enabled by default ? (Option to disable can be there)

    22 votes
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  9. Online excel should be capable of at least opening password protected files, inter-linked excel workbooks, macro enabled workbooks

    Online excel should be capable of at least opening password protected files, inter-linked excel workbooks, macro enabled workbooks

    22 votes
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  10. open with excel desktop application by default

    I want to open the uploaded excel file with excel desktop application by default,
    so when I click on excel file in MS Teams it should open with excel desktop application by default

    22 votes
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  11. Have the ability to freeze specific rows and columns at the same time...

    Have the ability to freeze specific rows and columns at the same time...

    old revs had this option - with a slide bars at the right, and the top- please bring it back.
    now you can only freeze a row, OR a column, in the middle of a worksheet. Sometimes you need to freeze multiple columns and rows on huge sheets

    22 votes
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  12. Short link to shared documents

    It would be nice to have short links to shared documents instead of long ugly links, so we don't need to use external shorteners for internal documents (we should't share links to outside of company).

    22 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    info needed  ·  Tamar Tzruya responded

    Thank you for your feedback. Short Link is a Host functionality and not specific app functionality. OneDrive Consumer and Box support it. SharePoint and OneDrive for business require using a free SP app or 3rd party tools. Hope this answer your feedback, if not, can you please provide more info?

    Tamar [MSFT]

  13. Freeze first row in Excel by default

    In most spreadsheets the first row is usually headings. Can we have that row frozen by default (of course have undo allowed).
    Save everyone across the world the time to freeze that top row !
    Those that want column and row freeze options can do it manually.

    21 votes
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  14. Teams shows someone else has a excel file locked but it doesnt tell you who so please add userid of the locking user.

    While editing a excel file on team it mentions someone else has it locked but it doesn't tell you who so please add the userID of the user that has locked the file so it can be contacted to continue working.

    21 votes
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  15. Filter Views (collaborative work), zoom and freeze panes

    Hi,
    As much as I love using Excel Desktop version, online version is not that easy to use.
    Few ideas (for on-line I prefer using google only because it have features very easy to use):
    1. Filter Views - addressing the need of multiple people working in the same time, in the same spreadsheet but each on it's own view without bothering other folks


    1. Freeze panes - would be easier just to "drag" a line (as is with Google) and freeze whatever rows, columns etc.


    2. Rearrange the order of the column and rows - again referring to Google Drive where…

    21 votes
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  16. If too large for Excel online allow the ability to download the file and open locally.

    If too large for Excel online allow the ability to download the file and open locally.

    21 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Advanced filter options

    Introducing advanced filters like in Outlook desktop version will be great.
    We have filters for subject, from, to, body, date, attachment filters in outlook.

    It is a pain to search using keywords.

    21 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Ask for the password when a file is password protected.

    When trying to open an attachment that is password protected, ask for the password Instead of displaying an error dialogue box.

    21 votes
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  19. Provide an option to disable Excel Online and default to desktop version

    Excel Online continues to disappoint new users and is hampering adoption of both SharePoint and Teams. Even if the library and site collection are set to "Open in client application", every Excel file that isn’t opened directly form the library in SharePoint or files tab in Teams, opens in the garbage online version, then has to be change to desktop, then user has to close the useless window of the online version.

    There is no option to open in the desktop version for a file attached to a planner task embedded in Teams, so then it is either jump through…

    20 votes
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  20. 20 votes
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