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Tracking changes in Excel spreadsheet shared online.

track individual changes to who changed what and what value in a cell

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  • Mike Honey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are using Excel online for parallel maintenance of thousands of cells in a single spreadsheet, by distributed teams. This feature would be really helpful.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    please add the feature in a shared document that when a change is made to the document and notification is sent to all parties, that the notification includes a link to view the change

  • Brandon Mayfield commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Strange, this used to be possible with Excel... Meantime you can try to make the most out of "Version History" until they get it back up and going

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi there,

    Are there any updates with this? My department switched from G Suite to OneDrive and it's absolutely critical we're able to track changes as we have dozens of people viewing a shared workbook at the same time.

    Thanks,
    Fan of G Suite

  • Courtney commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature would be very useful. Would like to have a formula that checks a date and the user details of selected cells when online. =INFO() does not work. =NOW() does. Can the INFO() function be enhanced to run using Excel online???????????

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft - you may not be understanding real world work situations. Co-authoring is great, if you are actually working at the same time. There are multiple reasons to use tracking - which co-authoring is not going to help. After making a series of changes, I want the summary sheet so the Account Manager can verify all the changes. I am requesting updates from someone half way around the world. (I am not getting up at 3 am to watch them make changes.) I am doing OTHER work while waiting for updates - because I don't work in one file only and sit and watch the changes like it is TV. Even the changes while co-authoring should be tracked. I have files with thousands of lines and a hundred pages. As someone else also said - give us the option to select what the highlights will look like for a session - yellow for me, blue for Carol, etc. Or even better yet - make the changes highlightable like in OneNote. Very VERY disappointed AGAIN with the lack of understanding of real world application of Excel

  • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For anyone that's interested this is the reply from Microsoft, received yesterday. I logged the fact that I cannot track changes in Excel as a business critical case with Premier Support, as it does impact a high number of users that I was planning on migrating to Office 365.

    Microsofts Reply:
    "Talked with Product team, we have plan to implement the trace change feature which is similar to what you are seeing in Google sheets, you can see who changed which cell by checking version detail. But the estimate time line is before end of 2019."

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a critical capacity. I've been a google dox user and am at a new job which operates substantially in the Microsoft world. I'm finding it quite frustrating that there is no track changes (or equivalent) capacity in Excel.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So Am I , This is not a feature, which is very essence of any shared document, which can simultaneously updated and we can not keep a track of it. I find this online service of Microsoft not at all convincing, I still like and appreciate the desktop versions of it. Not sure why this is not given at nominal charges so company can implement this.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is standard in GDocs! And someone just changed a ton of notes that we absolutely need, so the fact that we can't see what got deleted is a bummer.

  • mo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm actually shocked that this isn't a feature. It's standard in Google Docs

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