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  1. Find and Replace for Excel Online

    Excel Online only has Find, not replace. We really need a Find and Replace function. Similar to what is available in Excel, and Word Online.

    333 votes
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      20 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

      Tamar [MSFT]

    • Select all

      Please put the select all cell option in the upper left corner into the Online version. I miss it.

      175 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Happy to share, Excel Online now supporting the ability to Select All cells in a range, a table, or sheet; by using Ctrl+A or by clicking the triangle at the top left corner. You are welcome to try it and provide us feedback through the service (File → Help → Provide feedback to Microsoft)

        Tamar [MSFT]

      • Please add Format Painter to Excel Online

        Missing basic functionality.

        154 votes
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          17 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          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]

        • the "Find" box needs to stay open and not close after one search

          the "Find" box needs to stay open and not close after one search

          18 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

            Tamar [MSFT]

          • Allow find down to be found on search as find next or...

            Given the differences between excel online and the desktop app, i would suggest that things such as Find next be a bit more visible as options, or at least make a link to the keyboard shortcuts more visible.

            2 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

              Tamar [MSFT]

            • Improve find functionality

              Functionality is very limited in browser. Can't search entire workbook or find all

              1 vote
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                0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

                Tamar [MSFT]

              • Find exact match

                Find an exact match as entered option of exact match on or off all the time

                2 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

                  Tamar [MSFT]

                • hope find function can find by sheet

                  hope find function can find by sheet

                  1 vote
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                    0 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

                    Tamar [MSFT]

                  • Ability to change the column width and row height

                    Please allow the ability to change the column width and row height, and even define the "optimal" width/height in Excel Online.

                    1 vote
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                      3 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Comment section

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                      I would like a return facility in the comment box which isn't there at the moment for larger comments

                      Also it would be better to have only one comment visible when I click on the comment box rather than all the comments boxes being visible at the same time

                      1 vote
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                        0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for posting. This is a bug we found and have fixed internally. It is in the process of rolling out through rings of validation and should be in production in the next week or two.

                        Cheers,
                        Dan [MS]

                      • Command + Shift + Arrow Keys to Select Cells (Keyboard Shortcut Enhancement)

                        In the desktop Excel app, users can use Command + Shift + up/down arrow keys to quickly select a set of cells without having to manually drag the mouse to select all of them. Please bring this keyboard shortcut to the Excel Online app as well!

                        2 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

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

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

                            Tamar [MSFT]

                          • Add more functions like data validation, sheet protection to on-prem version

                            On-prem version is too far behind of online verion

                            28 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  On-Prem Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi all,

                              Great news – we’ve made much of the functionality that was previously available only in the hosted Office Online offering available on-prem. Data Validation, Sheet Protection, etc. are available there now.

                              To read more, and learn how to get the updated on-prem version, please see this blog post: https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/04/office-online-server-now-available/

                              (and yeah, sorry it took a while to update this UserVoice idea – we completed this idea back in May!)

                              Cheers,
                              Dan [MS]

                              = older: Sep 24, 2015 =
                              Thanks for your feedback! We’re reviewing your suggestion. Remember, the more votes a suggestion gets, the more likely it is that we’ll do it.

                            • 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.

                              68 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                completed  ·  Tamar TzruyaTamar 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]

                              • Allow easy embeding like Word & PowerPoint

                                Word and PowerPoint online have embedding options that generates an embed code for you to embed documents direction into other websites. It would be great to have that for Excel as well. While you can manually create a working embed code, it'd be much easier as an option just like with Word and PowerPoint!

                                1 vote
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                                  4 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi Tony,

                                    You can already edit spreadsheets in the browser. All you need to do is upload your file to OneDrive.com (or your O365 account); make sure you are signed in to the browser with your Microsoft Account (@hotmail.com, @outlook.com, etc.) and then click on the “Edit” button and choose “Edit with Excel Online”

                                    Cheers,
                                    Dan [MS]

                                  • be able to change font in Excel

                                    i want to make the font bigger for science fair

                                    1 vote
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                                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      You can already set the font, and font size in Excel Online – you’ll find the controls on the Home tab of the Ribbon (make sure you are in Edit mode by logging in and clicking “Edit in Excel Online”

                                      Cheers,
                                      Dan [MS]

                                    • CSV import exceeding row limit

                                      Allow CSV files that exceed the row limit of Excel to be imported somehow (multiple sheets maybe). Even the function to start importing CSV at a certain row in the import wizard doesn't work properly

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                                        0 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi Colin,

                                        This is possible today using PivotTables (import the CSV directly into a PivotTable) or using Power Query or Power Pivot (which brings the data into the Data Model).

                                        I’m closing out the idea to release the votes back to you!

                                        Cheers,
                                        Dan [MS]

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