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  1. Excel survey with automatic timestamp on each record

    When you get many responses it often is very important to understand WHEN a certain respons was submitted. For exampel if the same respondent has submitted multiple times and you want to sort out the last one of them....
    Add feature that automaically add a timestamp on each record.

    3 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Surveys  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We update the experience of Excel Survey with a new experience. Excel Survey will be powered by Microsoft Forms and will be renamed “Forms for Excel”. This update comes with a modern experience to make it simple and easy to collect information into Excel in real-time, with all Microsoft Forms features. You could get more detail form – https://aka.ms/formsforexcel

    Zhongzhong [MSFT]

  2. Allow a site owner to kick a user out of a file opened in Excel Online

    If you have multiple people co-authoring in Excel Online, there are times when you need to open the file in Excel - typically for advanced formatting, etc. If someone has accidentally left the file open in their browser, there is no way to force them out and keeps the file locked. Although not always intentional, it can create a major headache by not being able to simply kick/close out that particular user from editing.

    466 votes

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    104 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Add the ability to create Pivot Charts in Excel Online

    Build the features that allow me to use PivotCharts online I am guessing this is on the Roadmap just putting it here since i do not see it listed.

    79 votes

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    7 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Remove Duplicates for Excel Online

    Remove Duplicates feature as in the Desktop version, when importing tables from multiple locations where a user name or extension may appear multiple times and needs to be removed

    214 votes

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    9 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  excelonlineteam responded

    Hi,
    Thank you for your feedback.

    We are pleased to announce that we have completed this feature and is now available in the latest version of Excel on web.

    Please continue to use Excel on web and vote for your favorite features to influence our backlog priority.

    Thanks,
    Excel on web team

  5. Please add Format Painter to Excel Online

    Missing basic functionality.

    154 votes

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    18 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  excelonlineteam responded

    Happy to share, Excel Online now supporting Format Painter. You are welcome to try it and provide us feedback through the service (File → Help → Provide feedback to Microsoft)

    Tamar [MSFT]

  6. Adding advance sort features to Excel Online

    Enabling advance sort features in Excel Online. I have requested that my organization stop using Google Drive and one of the issues a lot of people complain about is the ability to do advance sorting like you can in Google Sheets or the Excel app.

    Currently, the only sort feature is ascending or descending by one column.

    185 votes

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    56 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Bar Color

    You should be able to change the color of your bars on a bar graph. Like on Excel Online, you can't change your bars different colors.

    18 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    We’re happy to announce that we’re currently rolling out a format task pane for charts. This enables many formatting actions including color formatting of data series.

    Once the update reaches you, it can be accessed through the “Format” button, found by right-clicking on a chart or by selecting a chart and navigating to the “Chart” tab that appears in the ribbon at the top of the screen. Thank you for your continued feedback and responses.

    Thank you for your continued feedback and responses.

    Thanks!
    Auston [MSFT]

  8. Allow me to change regional settings: date formatting (mm/dd/yy, dd/mm/yy), thousands/decimal separators (period vs comma), formula language

    Excel Online decides how to show dates and numbers and formulas based on where I live. I want to be able to choose how to display these Excel items. For dates, I might want mm/dd/yyyy, or I might want dd/mm/yyyy. My Excel formulas should be in the language of the application, and not based on where I live.

    579 votes

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    105 comments  ·  World Readiness  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey all, we’re happy to share that we’ve added an option to define regional format from within Excel for the Web.

    Go to File menu —> Options —> Regional Format Settings and choose your preferred regional format.
    Alternative way is selecting a cell, go to Number Format dialog (via ribbon or right-click), select Date/Time/Special category, and choose the preferred regional format. To make this your default regional format, tick the checkbox.

    This new capability is supported in SharePoint Online, OneDrive, Exchange and also through Teams and Office.com.

    Thank you for voting and influencing our priorities. Keep voting for other ideas you want us to address.

    Thanks, Excel team.

  9. Ability to open Excel Online in Edit mode by default or link to edit mode

    Currently I need to click Open on Excel Online or Open Excel if I want to edit a workbook. If I have edit permissions, it should open in edit mode by default on Excel Online. At the very least we should be able to add a URL argument to allow it

    483 votes

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    161 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Email notification from Excel Survey

    In Excel Online using the Survey option. When a survey is submitted there should be a option to have an email alert sent to the owner of the survey so they can check the spreadsheet for the results. Google Docs has this function and their forms tool works well.

    55 votes

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    10 comments  ·  Surveys  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We update the experience of Excel Survey with a new experience. Excel Survey will be powered by Microsoft Forms and will be renamed “Forms for Excel”. This update comes with a modern experience to make it simple and easy to collect information into Excel in real-time, with all Microsoft Forms features. You could get more detail form – https://aka.ms/formsforexcel

    “Email notification” could be found in the setting page for each of your forms.

    It would be great if you could provide feedback for us – https://aka.ms/excelsurveyfeedback

    Zhongzhong [MSFT]

  11. Add Support for Shapes

    For over two years now Excel Online has failed to support Shapes added in the Excel Desktop and this is major issue for many applications and document workflow.

    The compromise put in place by Microsoft is dysfunctional because Shapes cannot be Viewed or Edited in Excel Online and it forces users to either:


    1. Create a copy of the file to Edit Online (strips Shapes) > now we have two different Versions!


    2. Open the Excel Document in Excel Desktop


    I suggest at a minimum, that Shapes can be viewed and cell links to Shape text is updated if used.

    Ultimately, the…

    68 votes

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    16 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  Tamar Tzruya responded

    I am happy to announce that shapes can now be viewed! 
    Enabling shapes for editing and insert shapes is on our backlog.
    Thank you all for voting and influencing Excel Online priorities.
    Keep voting for other ideas you want the product team to address.

    Thanks,
    Tamar [MSFT]

  12. Duplicate tabs

    Add duplicate tab to the right-click tab menu.

    15 votes

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    5 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  excelonlineteam responded

    We are excited to announce that it is now possible to Duplicate worksheets in Excel Online.

    There are still cases where Excel Online will be unable to duplicate a worksheet. Most notably, in case either one of the following is present in the worksheet:

    • Images
    • Shapes
    • Charts

    Excel Online team is working to resolve these limitations.
    Please continue to leave feedback on the feature, to help us improve.

  13. 13 votes

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    completed  ·  7 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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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    completed  ·  9 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Can we get the Strikethrough option added?

    Our organization would like the strikethrough option available to be used in the online version of Excel.

    29 votes

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    11 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  excelonlineteam responded

    Happy to share, Excel Online now has Strikethrough option.
    Please try it out and provide us feedback through the application provide feedback option.

    Tamar [MSFT]

  16. Change tab colors like you could do in the desktop excel

    Right click on a online excel tab name and choose the color of the tab like you could do in the offline version

    95 votes

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    17 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  excelonlineteam responded

    Happy to share, Excel Online now supporting Tab Colors. You are welcome to try it and provide us feedback through the service (File → Help → Provide feedback to Microsoft)

  17. Date Drop-down in Surveys

    It would be great if you have a question such as "what was the date of the training session", to have a drop down calendar for the user to select the date. Currently seeing a lot of different date formats when we leave it to them to fill out. Skews the data for us in the back end.

    11 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Surveys  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We update the experience of Excel Survey with a new experience. Excel Survey will be powered by Microsoft Forms and will be renamed “Forms for Excel”. This update comes with a modern experience to make it simple and easy to collect information into Excel in real-time, with all Microsoft Forms features. You could get more detail form – https://aka.ms/formsforexcel

    It would be great if you could provide feedback for us – https://aka.ms/excelsurveyfeedback

    Zhongzhong [MSFT]

  18. "saved" status of workbook

    Give users feedback on the "saved" status of a workbook--Explicitly SAY that the workbook is saved rather than leaving us to assume nothing went wrong

    57 votes

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    4 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Ability to hide or collapse rows. (Using Outlining - Group/Ungroup)

    The functionality exists if a spreadsheet is uploaded with it already in there, but if there are more rows to be collapsed it can't be done online.

    [10/20/2015 - Dan [MS] - updated title to reflect the feature that this is requesting - Grouping/Outlining]

    19 votes

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    10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  excelonlineteam responded

    I’m happy to announce that creating an outline of rows/columns is now available in Excel Online.
    Check out Group or Ungroup buttons in Data tab.

    Thank you all for voting and influencing Excel Online priorities.

    Itai Goldstein
    Microsoft Excel

  20. Allow Ctrl+Arrow navigation (as in Excel desktop app).

    As a keyboard warrior I use this often, and Excel Online really hinders that workflow. Ctrl+Arrow navigation in documents of all kinds (even text fields online) is very important to me.

    36 votes

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    10 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  Tamar Tzruya responded

    Happy to announce, ctrl + Arrows are available in production. Thank you for voting and influencing the product priority.

    Tamar [MSFT]

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