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  1. Allow option to open file in Excel Desktop instead of Excel Online when sharing links

    Excel online does not offer all the functionality of Excel desktop version, E.g. lacking macros/VBA, and the formatting often looks incorrect and unprofessional (Date formats incorrect and worksheets not opening with cell set to A1/halfway down the page despite the original file definitely set to A1 - amongst many other issues).

    My colleagues and many others just want a simple option to allow opening a shared file in desktop Excel rather than Excel Online by default! Please allow us this very simple request, as it is stopping us from utilising many potential benefits of Office 365!

    4 votes
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  2. excel desktop, PowerPoint desktop, Teams desktop etc., should be default when opening from a PC

    Excel desktop, PowerPoint desktop, Teams desktop etc., should be default when opening from a PC, not the online version as is.

    13 votes
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  3. Encrypted Excel doesn't work online

    I want to use Encrypted EXCEL without download it

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  4. Never Ever open in Excel online if app or application is present on device - only open in online when no app available

    I do not like that every file first opens in Excel online - I really Never, Never, ever, want to open a file in a web browser when I have the application on my device. Just Never (for the rest this Excel Online is really only working if you do not have the app or application, that is the ONLY use case of this webapp **** :-)

    Note: equal for Word, Powerpoint... but worst in Excel

    2 votes
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  5. Stop Excel online opening as default. It is tiresome. I want full functionality to edit my spreadsheet.

    How about not opening spreadsheets from Sharepoint in online by default. I want full functionality, so I have either to remember to right click and select proper Excel, or wait for it to open in online, then click on the relevant button and wait again for it to open in proper Excel. This is tedious.

    5 votes
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  6. don't let me enter data if I can't save it

    when an excel spreadsheet opens up, it allows data entry but you can't save your work. You need to Open it in Excel. Why allow the user to waste time entering things they can't save

    2 votes
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  7. I want to be able to change the default of how files are opened... whether they are opened in Word / Excel Online or in the actual program.

    right now the default when selecting a file is to open it in the online version of the program. I don't want to open it in the online version, I want to open it on my computer so I want to change the default of how these files are opened and I'm unable to do so.

    4 votes
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  8. Ability to create major versions from within Excel Online (511 minor versions limitation)

    There is no option to create a new major version while inside a Excel Online spreadsheet--you have to go out to the document library and publish a major version, then go back in. This is problematic when you are coauthoring a file and you reach the 511 minor versions limit--no one knows what happens next in a coauthoring scenario (does everyone have to get out and go back in?), and there is no documentation about this scenario other than the warning that the last version will simply be overwritten going forward (does everyone get the error message?).

    Alternatively, you could…

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  9. If a file is too big to open in excel online, it should just launch excel without me having to

    If a file is too big to open in excel online it should simply launch Excel without asking me if I want to do that. If I clicked on the file to begin with, I obviously want to open it, regardless if it is online or in the desktop app

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  10. Include capability to display charts.

    Would prefer not to have to open excel app to view spreadsheets with charts.

    1 vote
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  11. I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTHING WORKS CORRECTLY!!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE TO OPEN TO EXCEL TO ACTUAL WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Excel file attachments in Hotmail email

    When Excel protected files are attached to Hotmail, create a feature where in Hotmail the file can be opened with a password

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  13. 1 vote
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  14. Hide Columns once opening Excel

    It helps ease the load of the information. Not all how use file are doing it for view purpose. When one editing they don't need all data to be loaded. So this option of show data will help fast data adding.

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  15. Option to close Online window / tab when Open in Excel desktop is used

    When in Excel Online, if i Open in EXcel, most of the times i do not want to return to the Online Window , so i would like the option to Open in Excel and close my online Tab .
    This would make it look smoother and remove the need for this funny pop up that is displayed etc

    2 votes
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  16. Have a way to create multiple excel, or word documents at one time

    I have to create a excel doc. for every day of the year. and improvements happen, or changes are made I then have to re-label, and save new documents.
    but....
    if there was a way to save one file, and create multiple copies at one time that would be a game changer/time saver.

    i.e.
    01-02-2019
    01-03-2019
    01-04-2019
    01-05-2019

    and so on, and SO ON.....

    1 vote
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  17. How about making it possible to auto save as I am working instead of providing useless message to create an offline version

    How about auto saving work as it is done instead of posting a useless message to download a version and then upload - perhaps you could label it as an 'online cloud feature' like Salesforce does

    2 votes
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  18. Excel Files

    If files are bigger than 5mb, at least give choice to download please

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  19. enable password usage

    Allow opening a file with a password without having to download it

    4 votes
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  20. I am not able to download/open excel file from sharepoint

    We should be allowed to download and save excel files which have been uploaded by the other user since last updated. When i download computer asks me username & password which even after filling I cannot open the file.

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