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  1. Enable protecting/unprotecting worksheets in excel online without needing to edit in Excel

    Enable protecting/unprotecting worksheets in excel online without needing to edit in Excel

    328 votes
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  2. Allow Full Collaboration Only (Prevent File Locking)

    This idea is all over this forum for a very long time in different wordings. Clearly this is a huge issue.

    MS, PLEASE add an option for files stored on Share Point and One Drive to "Only allow editing in full collaboration mode". This would mean a file would only be editable in the desktop version of Excel if the user is running 2016 and properly signed in to their Office365 account within Excel, thereby preventing file locking for other users.

    If not the solution above, at LEAST allow us to set a file to "Edit in Excel Online Only".

    29 votes
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  3. Do not lock Excel Online files ever

    Do not lock Excel Online files ever! No online file should get locked especially if users are using 2013 or higher Excel.

    15 votes
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  4. Add more feature than google Excel onle doc -create an external reference between cells in different workbooks in Office 365 online excel 20

    How to create an external reference between cells in different workbooks in Office 365 online excel 2016 You are subscribed to this thread

    Hello All,

    My question is specific to Office 365 online excel 2016 version-

          How to create an external reference between cells in different workbooks in Office 365 online excel.
    
    How to create an external reference between Office 365 online excel and online Word.

    So my requirement is if I change cell value in one office online excel cell then it should updated all places ether in Office 365 online excel or in Office 365 online word (where…

    17 votes
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  5. Please include chat like Google Docs has so you can talk to someone editing the spreadsheet

    I would like to chat with the person who is working with me on the spreadsheet without messing up anything inside of the actual spreadsheet. Please include a "Chat with Users" feature, where you can select from the people editing the spreadsheet and start a chat.
    Thank you (and great job on Excel Online)

    4 votes
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  6. Display the user who has the Excel sheet checked out

    There is currently no way to determine who has the Excel sheet locked / checked out. How does one determine who to talk to in order to allow the rest of the users access to the file?

    4 votes
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  7. Excel Formatting copy

    When We copy from online excel to any other application formatting is not copied , the text is copied as plain text. No background color, bold italic all formatting is gone. I tested it on google sheets but it is possible there so I think this feature should be developed for excel online.

    4 votes
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  8. Allow pasting larger amounts of data into Excel Online

    This 100k limit is very inconvenient and small. We are trying to migrate our users from Google Sheets to Excel Online and SharePoint. They regularly paste 4000+ lines of data at a time from Excel desktop to Google Sheets, and it works no problem.
    With Excel online they are going to have to break it down into selections of 500 or so. Very time consuming for what we are trying to do. How can we get this limit raised?

    9 votes
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  9. Excel online support for text boxes

    We want to add instructions to an Excel sheet. Excel Online does not provide that ability of adding text boxes we would use for instructions and other data for users.

    6 votes
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  10. Users need to default to Excel Online or the full Excel. Time is wasted telling my sheet is too complex.

    Double clicking an xlsx file opens excel Online. They it tells me used features are not available. Then I have to reload it all again to do my work.
    I want to set my default to always use the full excel on my own laptop since I use lots of Macros and advanced functions.

    7 votes
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  11. Improve large workbook compatibility and reliability with Excel Online for Coauthors

    I would like to request that more development of large multi co authored files be done to improve reliability, functionality and editing. Where files are heavily used and regularly hit the 500 version limit, issues come through with blocky jittery scrolling, loss of data entered in fields, slow loading, non saving etc.... Please fix these issues to make excel online a real beneficial tool.

    2 votes
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  12. When we open a file in excel online, we should be able to save a copy to our own One Drive seamlessly,

    When we open a file from a One Drive, we should be able to save it to our One Drive when working in the 365 education suite, without downloading to our computer first. In Google Drive, I can open any online document and it automatically saves to my One Drive, where I can easily copy it. When I open documents from my file share in Excel Online, I should have this same capability to save to my own One Drive without an in-between step

    8 votes
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  13. Create the ability to edit Excel on the SharePoint Page directly.

    I hope we can edit the Excel (or Word) directly on the SharePoint Page.

    5 votes
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  14. Currently it is not possible to filter the lines with an option to leave the sheet unfiltered for the users. This would improve excel a lot.

    Currently it is not possible to filter the lines with an option to leave the sheet unfiltered for the users. This would improve excel a lot and would enable more convenient cooperation.

    4 votes
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  15. 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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  16. add different type of regression lines you can use when you select a scatter chart

    add different type of regression lines you can use when you select a scatter chart

    7 votes
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  17. layout

    make a simpler layout

    5 votes
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  18. When editing online show the user that has the sheet locked.

    When editing online show the user that has the sheet locked.

    5 votes
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  19. Advanced sort

    When will you guys be adding advance sort to Excel Online like you currently have in regular Excel? It is a very useful feature and there are many post relating to this issue. Awaiting your response. Thanks.

    3 votes
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  20. Notify on Checked out documents

    Is there a way to notify the user who has checked the excel document out? Or instead, you can notify someone regarding who has checked out

    15 votes
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