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  1. Handling unsupported file format (e.x. XLS, etc)

    When opening a *.xls file in Excel Web App, instead of waiting for 5 minutes to see prompt

    "Request Was Taking Too Long
    We're sorry. We couldn't finish what you ask us to do because it was taking too long."

    and leave users clueless about why the file randomly not opened, why not just prompt clearly saying Excel Web App can only open *.xlsx files?

    35 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Excel Online is now enabling opening of .xls and .csv files by converting them to .xlsx files, the conversion of course will enable editing and sharing.

      Currently there are no plans to support saving of .xls and .csv files in Excel Online.

      Tamar [MSFT]

    • EXCEL ONLINE LIMITATIONS / FRUSTRATIONS

      Just to be clear on this - someone merged this idea of multiple points to an singal idea related to file size only!!!! after the votes picked up. What about all the other ideas??

      Office Online Limitations - Extremely limiting

      Please assist me in bringing the issues we are experiencing to the attention of the correct department as we would like to see future improvements on this product as soon as possible.

      1. Find function is very limited
      No summary of cell locations for matches displayed

      2. No Custom Sort Option

      3. Vlookup formula loses focus when you lookup between…

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

        Hi,

        I’m the one who merged this idea. Please use a single idea on UserVoice for a single idea (and not to capture multiple limitations). The way the site is setup is that people then vote on the individual ideas, moving the most important ones to the top. When a bunch of ideas are captured in a single “page,” it’s impossible to do that.

        There are already ideas on UserVoice for many of these items – it’d be great if you could vote for those (the search will find many of them with just a keyword or two) and add ideas for any that you don’t find easily.

        Thanks
        Dan [MS]

      • fix ya fucking shit assholes!

        I need to use various formatting techniques to get the message across .... excel and word can't handle it !!

        2 votes
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          declined  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 1 vote
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            declined  ·  0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 36 votes
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              21 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This is definately our north star, but it would help if you voted for specific ideas, which helps us prioritize better how to get to this goal. Please do look at the specific ideas, and vote for the ones you miss the most, or add specific missing features for other people to vote for them!

            • Use ChakraCore + Office Addons

              Change the engine in Office for ChakraCore.
              ChakraCore now run os Windows and Mac.
              And use engine HTML of Edge inside, or Chromium running in ChakraCore
              Vide Node.js + ChakraCore

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                0 comments  ·  Programmability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                The internal architecture for how we build Office Online isn’t something that we’re going to change based on UserVoice votes. However, we’d love to hear what functionality you’d like to see in Office Online, and based on that functionality, we could decide to use a different architecture than our current architecture. For instance, what functionality would you like to see as a result of ChakraCore?

                Cheers,
                Dan [MS]

              • ownership

                Allow ownership to transfer to other users. I work on documents for others and i have no need of them once they have them. I'd like to remove them from my drive allowing them to retain them.

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                  0 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hi Clay,

                  This seems like a pretty reasonable idea, but it’s not something we’d do on the Excel side – it’s more up to the cloud storage host.

                  In that light – head on over to onedrive.uservoice.com and add the idea there – plus, you’ll get additional votes since it’s a different product! :-)

                  Cheers,
                  Dan [MS]

                • Ability to customize appearance of survey

                  It would be nice to be able to customise the surveys. Colours, images, positioning of survey questions and overall screen size of the survey.

                  3 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Surveys  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT)Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

                    Dear Excel User

                    Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important.

                    Thanks,
                    Microsoft Excel Team

                  • 1 vote
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                      declined  ·  0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add display option to hide black branding bar at bottom of web-embedded document

                      There is a black bar at the bottom of a oneDrive spreadsheet embedded in an iframe. It contains four icons, one of the left and 3 on the right for such functions as give feed back, info about the workbook, and view full size workbook. I would like to suppress display of this bar which will just confuse the unsophisticated readers of my website.

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                        0 comments  ·  Viewing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi,

                        This black bar is the branding bar for Excel, and is a piece that we need to keep in the UI in order to support the Excel brand (similar to the branding in other embeddable, free controls)

                        There are other ideas you can vote for functionality of this bar, so definitely feel free to vote on those!

                        Cheers,
                        Dan [MS]

                      • Microsoft Works Version 9 - 2007 (documents don't automatically link / replace from old to new)

                        Basically, the Microsoft Works Version 9 - 2007 is way better and more simple. I believe you just made it more difficult than it should be.

                        And I don't understand why ALL of our saved documents in Microsoft Works Version 9 - 2007 Microsoft Corporation does NOT automatically upload into the New Microsoft Version. (that's not right)

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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • It would be great to be able to search and find information that may be hidden rows while the file is online.

                          It would be great to be able to search and find information that may be in hidden rows, instead of actually having to open the file in excel.

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                            0 comments  ·  Viewing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT)Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

                            Dear Excel User

                            Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important. :)

                            Thanks,
                            Microsoft Excel Team

                          • Increase the timeout period from 30 seconds or allow the user to select it. Several of our complicated spreadsheets won't open

                            Increase the timeout period from 30 seconds or allow the user to select it. Several of our complicated spreadsheets won't open

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                              0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT)Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

                              Dear Excel User

                              Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important. :)

                              Thanks,
                              Microsoft Excel Team

                            • Improve the mobile browser experience. It absolutely sucks, and not everyone wants to install the full app.

                              It should be simple for anyone to join, even from their browser. GoogleDocs is much more streamlined here - This alienates people and causes them to ask me "why didn't I just make it a Google Doc?

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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT)Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

                                Dear Excel User

                                Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important. :)

                                Thanks,
                                Microsoft Excel Team

                              • Improve navigation with frozen columns/rows

                                When editing a worksheet with column A frozen (frozen in desktop Excel and uploaded) and the curser in column A, if the other columns are scrolled to the right at all I cannot arrow or tab to the right. I must first click into another column and left arrow repeatedly to get column B to be visible.

                                It should work like desktop Excel where a tab or right arrow moves the focus to column B and scrolls the view back the left to make B fully visible

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                                  0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT)Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

                                  Dear Excel User

                                  Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important. :)

                                  Thanks,
                                  Microsoft Excel Team

                                • Ability to edit metadata / site column data via Online applications as per Document Properties Panel

                                  Rather than having to ditch out of Excel / Word Online back to SharePoint to edit the document properties, it would be good if there was functionality that mimicked the Document Properties panel in Excel / Word.

                                  2 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    declined  ·  Jeff Zhang (MSFT)Jeff Zhang (MSFT) responded

                                    Dear Excel User

                                    Thank you very much for your time and passion in submitting this feature request. We are doing our best to respond to suggestions that get at least 20 votes. However, we are closing ideas with fewer than 5 supporters that have had no activity for more than 60 days, with the intention of freeing up your votes. Please resubmit your idea if you think it’s super important. :)

                                    Thanks,
                                    Microsoft Excel Team

                                  • Allow Excel colour Green to any other Colour

                                    Should be able to change excel in green to any other colour

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                                      0 comments  ·  Application Errors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi Pramod,

                                      The Excel green is a brand color that is is recognizable and important to the Excel brand. While the shade or placement of the green may change over time, we’re unlikely to let it be completely configurable.

                                      Cheers,
                                      Dan [MS]

                                    • Allow me to save an excel file on my harddrive where I want to save not just download

                                      Allow me to save an excel file on my harddrive where I want to save not just download

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                                        0 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Unfortunately, the location of a download is something that’s out of the Excel team’s control – this is something that the web browser determines.

                                        I’m declining your idea, so you get your votes back.

                                        Cheers,
                                        Dan [MS]

                                      • I want to be able to have a file exist in Onedrive and Yammer. I want to be able to edit the same file from either platform.

                                        I have colleagues that use one drive and refuse to use yammer and some that prefer yammer. It would be awesome if 1 version of a file can live in both places so if it is edited on yammer it updates onedrive's file and vice versa, It would probably be best to create an option when uploading the file on one platform to choose to link it to the other platform.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Collaboration and Sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • I'm sorry I'm not a computer genius!! But things on my computer that used to work, don't, and I need to print reports, etc. What is Pano??

                                          Have real people to walk me through the problems I have...I'm not a computer genius, but need it for work...I'm assuming there are real people vs. the internet that can help me.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                            declined  ·  Tamar TzruyaTamar Tzruya responded

                                            Hi,
                                            I would like to bring to your attention that UserVoice is a tool for suggesting ideas for new product features and for adding your vote to existing ideas.
                                            For product support, may I suggest to look at various ways to get support here: https://support.office.com/en-us.
                                            I will close this idea and it will release your vote so you will be able to use it as appropriate in UserVoice.
                                            Tamar {MSFT}

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