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  1. Be able to mention @ people

    It'd be great to follow Google idea and allow to mention people that have access to the document simply by adding @name .

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    • Disable chat / Fix chat

      My team needs to communicate while working (We're in different buildings) and we were happy to find Excel Online had a chat box. The problem is it's completely buggy. One moment you're writing in the chat box the next you're writing in a cell that had data on it. The problem seems to happen when someone starts editing a cell or when someone sends their chat before you're done typing. I couldn't find a way to disable it. (Maybe there is a way but it's not easy to find.) We've taken to using Skype for Business but it would be…

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      • When a document is locked (as it's being edited by another user) it would be great to know who is editing the file offline.

        When a document is locked (as it's being edited by another user) it would be great to know who is editing the file offline.

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        • 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".

          14 votes
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          • Excel online for multiple departments in business

            In a business, an owner may want several departments to work on one shared excel online. But If owner wants different departments to see only few sheets and restrict them from seeing and editing master sheet then how it can be done. Ex- finance department can see and edit only finance sheet, HR can see and edit only HR sheet and other sheets could not be opened by them.

            Please add such feature that can benefit the owner.

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            • 2 votes
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              • allow the ability to notify or lock when someone tries to filter sort

                when collaborating on an Excel document if someone applies a filter when i am editing the filter applies to my view and disrupts editing

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                • "lock-out" feature

                  Good Morning –

                  I have an excel document that several people access online. When someone opens it locally, it locks everyone out, as you know. I experience this problem periodically; If I open it locally, but then save and close out, it continues to give me the error message when I try to re-open online, even though the local version has been closed. Since Excel Online has some limitations, it is necessary to open the local version at times, but it really jams us up by locking us out. How can I fix this?

                  Thanks,
                  Emily

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                  • 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.

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                    • ADD the ability to add values from outside worksheets ASAP

                      We need to take one workbook on our sharepoint and use the numbers in it to change calculation on another.. such as "connection, or simply links' in Excel 2010 or 2013 or 365 desktop(2016)

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                      • Show current online users in online file

                        Would be good if we can see the current online users in online excel file..

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                        • locked file

                          Locked file - Provide for multi-user realtime editing or enable online editting only except by owners/authors.

                          At minimum, provide a way for file owner/author to remedy or remove the locked file user.

                          5 votes
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                          • Would like to be able to create labels and merge documents

                            Should be able to create labels and merge documents from excel or even an addess list creared in word

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                            • Please create option to receive notifications anytime a spreadsheet was edited. I see this currently for folders but not for individual spre

                              Please create option to receive notifications anytime a spreadsheet was edited. I see this currently for folders but not for individual spreadsheets (Google has this feature and it is tremendously helpful). Also a running revision history would be helpful to show all persons who edited the sheet, then when you click on that person's revision, it highlights where they made the revisions (also another feature that Google docs has).

                              2 votes
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                              • "Send a copy" directly from Excel Online

                                Currently you can share a link directly from Excel Online, but you cannot send a copy directly. On the phone app you can do this from the File menu, so I find it a bit absurd that the browser version doesn't have this functionality. Even if it opened up a new tab for Outlook and copied over the attachment, that would be great [rather than embedding in the Excel applet (best) or the current search for it after opening a tab with Outlook (worst)].

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                                • Desktop Sharing

                                  It would be great if Shared Documents could be used on the Desktop app with all recipients able to edit while in the document at the same time instead of all having to use the Online Excel version.

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                                  • on Excel online documents, why the update by multiple users is not managed, Google can do that

                                    when I try an access to an online Excel document, if this one is opened by a single user....no more RW access is possible. Google Sheets is allowing multiple users to work in the same document

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                                    • Please add a time stamp to the chat window

                                      Add a timestamp to the chat window

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Please make it easier for the administrator to unshare a document or lock it from editing.

                                        Auto lock a document once a deadline has been reached. Make it so only the admin has edit options once a specific time has been reached.

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                                        • Offer to download files too large to open online.

                                          I clicked on a Sharepoint link to a .CSV file that was too large for Excel Online to open. It would be very useful if there was a way to download files that are too big for Office Online to open. As it is, I'm stuck!

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