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  1. Change confusing error message (corrupt file or file format not supported)

    Issue:
    One of the operational Excel workbooks cannot be opened in Excel Online, on the opening attempt the following error message is received:

    We’re sorry, we couldn’t open you’re your workbook. It’s possibly corrupt or using a file format that’s not supported.
    Do you want to try and open this file in Excel.

    However when the file is opened and inspected in the Excel reach client no corruption is detected.
    The file contains External Links that are not supported (i.e. cannot be resolved) in Excel Online. After removing the "unresolvable" links, the file can perfectly be opened in Excel…

    2 votes
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  2. Opening files on OneDrive, give choice of on-line or local app instead of always on-line.

    When opening files on OneDrive, give the user the choice of using on-line or local app instead of always on-line. I waste significant time trying switch over from on-line Excel to full Excel and this is very annoying.

    2 votes
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  3. Ability to Download File when it exceeds the file size limit.

    I hope there is an option to view the folder and download it if it cannot be opened because of the file size.

    2 votes
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  4. Needs to have better version control for when someone is working in excel, and posts to the online version.

    Needs to be reliable on version control, otherwise google sheets is superior.

    3 votes
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  5. NOT WORKING

    Can it please work when you open it???

    2 votes
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  6. when it exceeds the 5 MB file size limit, why not to let user to download it via shared URL?

    when it exceeds the 5 MB file size limit, why not to let user to download it via shared URL?

    5 votes
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  7. Custom Excel templates for Group or global use in Excel Online/SharePoint

    Would like to enhance Excel templates in the ONLINE version - such that files can be saved-as templates, xltx files can be opened in the online version and then saved by users as a new file (like the desktop version) also be able to display Group shared templates so that everyone in the group or organization has direct access to company designed templates

    13 votes
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  8. View-Only feature

    View-only option for excel files that are not compatible with online due to a feature or MACROS.

    2 votes
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  9. If the file exceeds 30mb instead of letting me do nothing let me download it

    If the file exceeds 30mb instead of letting me do nothing let me download it

    6 votes
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  10. Sharepoint File Ownership

    As the owner of the file that is protected there are times I need to edit the document however folks have it opened in sharepoint and walk away. I'd like the ability as the owner to kick them out so that edits can be made. When they return they can re-open the updated document.

    4 votes
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  11. unsupported features in Office 365

    If there are unsupported features when opening an Excel workbook for edit in Office 365, then please inform me what these features are and where to find these in the workbook, instead of 'To edit this in your browser, we will create a copy that doesn't include unsupported features.'
    For instance I get specific information when saving an Office 97 version after editing in Office 2013.
    This helps me to decide what to do: accept (e.g. is only a presentation issue) or somehow make it impossible to edit via Online (e.g. VBA code will get crippled).

    3 votes
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  12. Let me open shared file in local Excel 2016

    Trying to open a shared file with Workbook Sharing activated - can't open because Workbook Sharing isn't supported in Excel online. Give me an option to open in local Excel 2016 license, or to sync the file to my local drive so I can open in local Excel license.

    8 votes
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  13. I have a password encrypted excel file. It would be nice to be able to open those files via excel online

    I have a password encrypted excel file. It would be nice to be able to open those files via excel online

    11 votes
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  14. Change the error message top phrase when a user clicks on an Excel file check out by someone else

    Change the top phrase of the error message when a user clicks on an Excel file check out by someone else.
    Currently phrase - SOMEONE ELSE HAS THIS WORKBOOK LOCKED.
    Suggested phrase - THIS FILE IS CHECKED OUT BY (ADD USERNAME HERE)
    Why? IMHO this is a better description of what actually is going on.

    4 votes
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  15. Ask for the password when a file is password protected.

    When trying to open an attachment that is password protected, ask for the password Instead of displaying an error dialogue box.

    14 votes
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  16. save to desktop w/ current info

    To save and add excel to desktop in the most current update and changes. Doesn't do us any good to save to desktop and it not being the most current data from doctors.

    3 votes
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  17. Excel files to PDF's sharing

    It would be great if we can share/send excel file's as PDF's with our colleagues.

    Also, it would be wonderful if I was able to save a file right on to my computer. The tab is there, but it doesn't work for some reason... "save file on to computer"

    5 votes
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  18. Download or save excel online.

    You can't "save-as" and you can't download when you open a file via an emailed link from a guest. Can't copy into desktop excel app as the data set it too large. The capability to export is there, just not accessible when it's online.

    5 votes
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  19. Download or save excel online.

    You can't "save-as" and you can't download when you open a file via an emailed link. Can't copy into desktop excel app as the data set it too large. The capability to export is there, just not accessible when it's online.

    5 votes
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  20. Excel files to PDF's sharing

    It would be great if we can share/send excel file's as PDF's with our colleagues.

    Also, it would be wonderful if I was able to save a file right on to my computer. The tab is there, but it doesn't work for some reason... "save file on to computer"

    4 votes
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