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  1. Move ribbon bar pin and up-caret to the menu bar to make them always visible.

    Move the ribbon bar pin and up-caret to the menu bar to make them always visible to the user. Otherwise, the user needs to adjust the browser's zoom level often to see the show/hide ribbon bar view.

    7 votes
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  2. add a search bar to look for something on a sheet

    When looking for something on a sheet, would like to type it in a search bar and pull it up by name.

    4 votes
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  3. Can not view multiple sheets on mobile phone screen - View Excel Online

    I'm trying using Microsoft Online Document with excel file.
    After I created link, this web app generated new link for me, you can see
    https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http://wisdomaxis.com/technology/software/tableau/sample-data/World%20Bank%20Indicators.xlsx

    I opened that link with Chrome app on 4 devices : samsung j7, sony z3 verizon, iPhone 6+, and Samsung Tab A. As you can see, 3 first devices just have only the first sheet, while last device (Samsung tab A) can display both 2 sheets, at the bottom navigation.
    I suppose this is not issue with my phone, I guess Excel Online Web app detected screen size of device, then changed the display.

    Please…

    2 votes
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  4. Improve filtering

    In the desktop version of Excel, clicking one of the column headers will display the filter options. This includes the free text search box which initially gets focus. This makes it very easy for users to click, type and hit enter to filter the data.

    Within Excel Online, similar functionality is available but it's much more tucked away. So more clicking and thus time is required to achieve the same result. Our users like the effectiveness of the desktop solution and would like to request a similar approach for Excel Online.

    24 votes
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  5. Freeze the header line of a spreadsheet be static as you scroll through the workbook?

    Want the header line (1) to remain visible while scrolling through workbook.

    3 votes
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  6. hide formula bar

    hide formula bar option in "View" menu (like offline excel)

    5 votes
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  7. It would be great to see 'Comments' in cells when hovering over them (or with a different gesture) in Excel online.

    Currently, 'comments' entered in cells show up when you hover the mouse over them in the Excel desktop application. However, this feature doesn't work in Excel online. Need a way to see cell 'comments' in Excel online as well. Thanks!

    5 votes
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  8. Viewing word & excel documents online: being able to copy text WITHOUT having to open the document for editing

    See title.
    I do not want to edit the document, I just want to copy some text to use in an email or other document

    4 votes
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  9. 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…

    15 votes
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  10. 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

    14 votes
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  11. Make the comment box pop up like they do in the desktop version instead of a "list only" style.

    When I click on a cell, and need quick access to a comment, it would be much easier for me if I could see a preview of the comments in a pop up box.

    6 votes
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  12. Scrolling Lock

    It would be great if there is a way to freeze the spreadsheet and prevent it from scrolling to eternity - for horizontal and vertical scrolling.

    4 votes
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  13. Add comments to sheet tab

    Add ability to add a comment to a sheet tab, similar to adding a comment to a cell. This would allow you to add commentary for sheet usage and/or instruction.

    2 votes
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  14. There is no way to select non-adjacent cells as in normal Excel.

    In order to tot-up figures, it is useful to be able to use Ctrl+click and select different cells. There is no functionality in Excel online to do this currently.

    539 votes
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  15. Allow sideways scrolling on Mac

    Allow Mac users to scroll left and right with trackpad or mouse. This function currently not available in Chrome, not sure if available in other browsers.

    3 votes
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  16. provide magnifying icon

    Provide (+/-) icons to increase/decrease size of display characters to preferences

    3 votes
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  17. 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

    18 votes
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  18. Unhiding and Hiding multiple Sheets at the same time would be a nice option to have.

    Unhiding and Hiding multiple Sheets at the same time would be a nice option to have.

    6 votes
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  19. Allow to sort and filter in read only mode

    Allow to sort and filter in read only mode

    5 votes
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  20. Add Support for Password Protected Workbooks

    Please add support for opening password protected workbooks in Excel online. At present it means you have to drop to using the desktop version.

    172 votes
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    Accepting Votes  ·  Tamar Tzruya responded

    Thank you for your feedback we appreciate it. Please keep voting to influence the feature priority.

    Tamar [MSFT]

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