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  1. Need to be able to restrict users to only editing with Excel Online

    Create a new share option that is "Edit in Excel Online". Limiting users to only editing online would prevent a lot of locked out issues when collaborating with a large number of people.

    106 votes
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    • Make closing chat in online excel an option

      We need a button or something of the sort to close the chat box in excel online.

      12 votes
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      • I have an Excel file with links to local folders and when I sync that file to Onedrive I'd like the links to refernence the Onedrive folders

        I have a local Excel file with links to local folders, all in my local OneDrive folder, all synced to the online OneDrive. I'd like the online version of the Excel file to link to the online folders. And I don't want to enable the "Use Office to Sync Office files that I open" in the OneDrive Settings Office tab.

        6 votes
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        • you should have an option to inform those who have a file shared with them that an update was made to the shared file

          when you make an edit to a file that is already shared with someone, you should have the option to click a notify button that would send an email to the parties who have access to that file and be made aware of changes to that file. same concept as the calendar system in outlook. when you update the calendar in outlook it allows you to send a notification that it something had been changed. this would be very handy for those who need to know when changes are made to a file, and not have to login and look…

          5 votes
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          • Download complete original file from Excel Online

            When you download a file from Excel Online, some features that aren't yet supported by Excel Online are deleted from the downloaded copy of the file. Textboxes are a good example of an unsupported feature that is deleted from downloaded files.

            Removing unsupported features is a problem if I use OneDrive to hold files for download by webinar participants because I put a lot of explanatory content in those textboxes.

            I want to use OneDrive instead of DropBox for these file downloads, but won't do so if content is stripped. Right now, the only way a user can get the…

            46 votes
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            • Messaging feature to allow me ask others to close online documents

              If a document is locked because another user has it open, it would be nice to know who that user is so I can ask them to close it. A feature to allow me to do that online might be good as well.

              3 votes
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              • Add the ability to see who has viewed the shared document.

                It would be nice to see who is viewing the document so that I know whether sharing the document is helpful.

                5 votes
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                • We should be able to work real time in the document with multiple users regardless if they are using the browser or client version....

                  Realtime collaboration in Excel is key and we cannot be allowed only to collaborate in the browser. Users should be able to choose between browser or client and edit simultaneously in the same way.

                  19 votes
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                  • Show "last accessed" date/time of active user and other users

                    When we share a document, to share info, since it is all new to lots of people, there is never really a way to know when the shared users have actually accessed the document to know when someone may have last accessed or edited the document. If there was a date and time of last accessed/edited document; that could often be helpful.

                    4 votes
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                    • Excel Web Services should be able to display a linked spreadsheet to a SharePoint List

                      With the loss of KPIs and Charting Web Parts, the remaining option to display metric date in SharePoint is Excel Web Access Web parts. However, these do not work on a worksheet that is linked from a SharePoint list. It would be beneficial if this functionality could return (it was there in 2007).

                      2 votes
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                      • Share specific cells on specific sheets with Office 365 users

                        I have a user who has created a Spreadsheet with 25 tabs. She would like to share this with 25 Office 365 users (Online only - no domain). She wants each user to have view rights over the entire workbook, but have edit rights to a specific range of cells on that users tab.

                        It looks like you can do this on a traditional network with a domain, but when saved to her OneDrive or to SharePoint, the sharing option doesn't connect with Office 365 - It is still looking for a traditional domain\Username to share with (See http://sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/118905/lock-cells-to-certain-people-but-give-access-to-others-in-a-live-excel-online-wo)

                        12 votes
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                        • Notifications when file is updated

                          I would like to know when my OneDrive file that I have shared with someone is updated by that other person.

                          96 votes
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                          • Provide an option to check-out a document that was opened using word/excel-online?

                            Provide an option to instantly check-out a document that is opened using word/excel-online? That way you can change almost seamlessly from read-only to update mode.

                            3 votes
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                            • Suggestion for Excel files edited by many users. Issue: reached the limit of minor versions on the server

                              Create exception to bypass minor versions limitations when an Excel file is meant to be edited/filled in by many users.

                              There is an Excel file which users are meant to fill in to state whether they need a certain role etc. The list has many users listed. So it is bound to be saved and resaved many times. When the number of minor versions limit is reached, the creator of the Excel file needs to clone the Excel file.

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                              • Chat

                                You should be able to chat with specific people in the group without including the whole team. Also needs a pop up feature for chats. We have to be working in the excel doc to see the chat. Not effective

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                                • Share Means Share

                                  Enable email attachment, to Share, in Excel Online. If it exists, it's not in Share.

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                                  • Please action requests -

                                    How about listening to users and add in "personal filters" when multi-tasking and correct regional date, number and currency settings?? These ideas have multiple separate entries in the list below.

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                                    • Inform me when a shared workbook becomes available

                                      If someone has a shared workbook checked out, I cannot edit it, so I get a message telling me this. It would be helpful if a notification was made when it became available. Even better would be to know who has it checked out so that I can contact them

                                      2 votes
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                                      • allow author to reject changes by others

                                        Allow the file author (originator / admin) to reject or unwind any change made by others to his/her Excel file.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Enable Kicking People out of Excel Online

                                          I would like a way to be able to kick people out of Excel Online so that I can easily edit the workbook in regular Excel.

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