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  1. Better Support for Analysis Services Tabular

    It's about time to improve support for SSAS Tabular:
    1. Auto-generate DAX
    2. Avoid splitting a table into a "measure group" and "dimension". See how PBI Desktop handles metadata.
    3. Carry over data types so that users can create reports, such as show me invoices where Due Date is greater than ... Currently, all dimension table fields map to Text.
    4. Many customers have expressed interest to connect Excel tables directly to Tabular, bypassing Pivot Table, so they can use the column dropdowns and other Excel goodness.
    5. Support descriptions as tooltips when the user hovers on a field in…

    45 votes
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    • Choose wheter you want to also copy workbook model or not when copying worksheet

      When you copy a worksheet that has tables or pivot tables linked to a Power Query connection or Data Model into a new workbook, Excel copy all the dependencies of the tables/pivot tables.
      If you have a large data model, each worksheet copy can take minutes to process.
      It would be great if we had an option to choose wheter we want to bring the connection and data models with the new copied worksheet, as the attached file.
      Notice also to not forget to add VBA parameters in the Worksheet.Copy methode to access this feature programatically.

      12 votes
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      • Hide the "many" side of Power Pivot relationships by default

        When we link a dimension to our fact tables, we rarely want to use this field on our Pivot Tables. We should be using the field from the One (Dimension) side as this allows proper cross filtering. I see many users get confused by why their filtering is not working after linking tables, and it is invariably due to the fact that they've put a value into the Values area, then used another field from that same table in a row/column/filter/slicer or timeline.

        Hiding the many side of a relationship would go a long way to stopping users from getting…

        6 votes
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        • Grouping Feature

          When grouping by a set number of days, we need to be able to sort oldest to newest without it basing the sort on the first digit. If I group by week, I want the oldest from when the grouping begins

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          • Power Query Advanced Editor and Formula Bar Intellisense

            Add intellisense to the advanced editor and the formula bar for the Power Query M-Code.

            4 votes
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            • make "queries & connections" pinnable so that it can remain visible when you save and open the file

              A. change or add item "Get and Transform" as that is what Microsoft is calling this functionality.
              B. see my item title.
              C. Why cant a company that invented enterprise computing and is worth almost a trillion dollars - and I am a huge missionary btw - but seriously, why cant it manage to open user voice in edge? or outlook customer manager for that matter? its almost like a bad nerd joke

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              • Connect to Power BI Desktop Data Model - pivot tables

                Allow creation of pivot tables using connection to data model in Power BI desktop (.pbix / Not just power BI service). Excel and Power BI each have strengths and weaknesses. PowerBI can handle simultaneous load/refresh of extremely large datasets and has better modeling tools. Excel is stronger at pivot tables and copy/paste functionality.
                Please create a connector from Excel to model and data in Power BI (without the need to import data to Excel). Power BI pbix files are standalone Analysis Services Servers, so this should be a fairly simple development task. It would definitely be a huge win for…

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                • pivot tables: add charts to Report Filter Pages

                  "Show Report Filter Pages" only replicates the pivot table that we run it on.
                  It is creating a new sheet and creating the pivot table on a new blank sheet without charts or slicers.
                  I would like to have the option to make a report filter page with the charts.

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                  • Allow formatting done outside a PivotTable to apply to the PivotTable

                    When i say select a column which includes data in a PivotTable and format the column, the PivotTable changes, but reverts back on refresh. Stop the reversion.

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                    • Enable self-contained/standalone data model

                      Allow the data model to function independently of external data connections without having to embed the source data for the model in Excel worksheets. This enables use cases where a single Excel workbook can be completely portable and self-contained even if the user does not have access to the external data sources used to populate the data model. The only way to do that now is to distribute multiple files (e.g., the workbook with the data model and data source file[s]) or to embed the data in Excel worksheets, which effectively means it gets stored twice (i.e., in the sheet…

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                      • Pivot Table Ability to: Count Distinct values of a field & Add a Calculated Field / Item in the same Pivot Table

                        I encountered an issue today & had to create a workaround.

                        I wanted to count the unique "Item ID's" in the Pivot Table, so I had to select "Add this data to the Data Model" to do so. The only problem is, when you select that option, I loose the ability to add a Calculated field off of that Unique Count in the Pivot Table (all of those options are grayed out). It seems like you have to choose one ability over the other, when I needed to do both. This seems like it would be exceedingly valuable, as many…

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                        • Pivot Table Slicer Report Connection select/unselect all option

                          Hi,
                          Sometimes we have too many pivot tables and when we want to connect these tables into one slicer in report connections window we need to select each pivot table name one by one.

                          My recommendation is on the top of the report connection window, there should be select all/unselect all option box.

                          Thanks

                          3 votes
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                          • Better overwiew of elements in PivotTable Fields

                            Define "Dimension groups" in the PivotTable Field View manually

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                            • Histogram from a pivot table

                              I should be able to create a histogram from a pivot table and this should update whenever values in the pivot are changed/updated

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                              • Pivot Table Overlapping Error

                                Please develop the dialogue / call out from simply stating 'A pivot table cannot overlap another pivot table' so that you are actually provided with a sheet and / or cell reference where an overlap is trying to occur.

                                If you have a large workbook / multiple sheets with many pivot tables it can be difficult to find the source of an overlap.

                                2 votes
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                                • Include Power Pivot in ALL versions of Excel 2016 - not just certain subscriptions or perpetual licenses

                                  It doesn't make senses that Power View and Power Query are included in all Excel versions but Power Pivot is excluded from many popular subscription and perpetual license options. Power Pivot should be available for all versions of Excel 2016.

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                                  • Disable automatic detection of PowerPivot relationships

                                    A common pattern in PowerPivot/PowerBI development is to create tables with no relationships to other tables. E.g. for storing parameters or for organising Measures.

                                    However, in Excel 2016, we constantly get a yellow warning in the pivot table field list that "relationships between tables may be needed". This message reappears, even when I close the warning.

                                    This behavious is really annoying and makes for a bad user experience. In older versions of Excel, it was possible to turn this off.

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                                    • Allow us to filter slicers

                                      I use Excel for connecting to tabular data models to create pivot tables with slicers. Our clients do not want to see blank slicer buttons or slicer options that are no longer valid (ie, a medical office location closed several years ago, but that data is still in our database to maintain historical scores). I have seen in PowerView that we can filter the slicer options to only display the ones you want. Would be great to have this in the desktop version of Excel. Thanks!

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Slicers - Remove the selected criteria when a slicer is deleted

                                        Hi,
                                        Slicers are great tools to filter Table and PivotTable.
                                        But, when you apply a filter with a slicer and after you remove this slicer from your worksheet, the filter is still active. And it's a nightmare to find the slicer who get the filter.

                                        So, my suggestion, is to remove all the selections of a slicer when it is deleted.

                                        12 votes
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                                        • Allow refreshing Power Query data with the ability to provide credentials using VBA

                                          Imagine how great it would be if we could connect to web pages and services using power query, and provide the credentials in a protected mode in VBA, this will allow for uncountable applications of sharing information with others.
                                          The case now is you can connect to services and web pages and provide your credentials to power query, but when you send it to somebody, Excel (power query) asks for these credentials, many times you can not provide it to those people.
                                          so creating a refresh button that updates the data and seamlessly provide the credentials, and protecting the VBA…

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