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  1. READ ONLY MESSAGE BOX

    WHEN YOU OPEN AN EXCEL FILE AND SOMEONE ELSE ALREADY HAS IT OPEN, THEN A BOX SHOULD POP UP TELLING THE USER THAT IT IS READ ONLY.

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    • Have Single Versions of Excel Application and PowerBI add-ins, Update ALL by Year

      There are too many versions of Excel available.
      First there are the versions with the hidden, though extremely useful, PowerBI add-ins.
      Secondly you have the differen versions created by the incremental updates to Office365 versions versus the static "disk" based versions.
      The problems in this strategy include having documents exchanged between different organizations that may expect compatibility but do not. The ability to share files from the "same" application is an essential function for information exchange, yet the current update practices sabotage that expectation. Even smaller organizations may encounter issues due to different licensing strategies for users.
      Additionally, with Get…

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      • One Drive

        After installing Excel 2016 I've used up the 5 gb of free space on One Drive. Now MS wants to sell me more for an outlandish price. When I save my work, now I get a yellow warning banner telling me there's no space on One Drive. So what! But it wants me to either save a copy (already have one file) or discard changes, in which case I lose all the changes. Here's a suggestion, Don't warn me, I don't care for One Drive to begin with, I have my own backup system which doesn't include allowing MS to…

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        • Remove Hidden Names

          Make it easier to remove "Hidden Names" from a file in preparation for sharing.

          Here is what happens today if I inspect a document prior to sharing with a third party:

          {See attached screen captures}

          1) It says "Hidden Names" were found. I click for "More Info".

          2) The "More Info" dialog informs me that it can't remove these names for me. I need to run a macro, and there is a link to "Macro to Remove Hidden Names". I click on this.

          3) I am taken to an example macro, which "assumes I am familiar with the programming language…

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          • Need to improve Protection options in Excel

            I think the security/protection scheme used in Excel is terribly complex, for something as fundamental as this needs to be.

            By way of example, I'd like to see the ability to create and send out a workbook, that requires a password to open any given (but not all) worksheets within that workbook. What I want is the ability to let some people have access to a given worksheet within Excel, but to keep others out of that worksheet, (not even the ability to open or otherwise see the sheet) while still giving them access to other sheets within that workbook.…

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            • If you are in a Named Cell, Display the name somewhere

              I am using a spreadsheet that makes rocket science look simple. This workbook has hundreds of named cells, but unless I go look in the Name Manager I have no idea a cell is named.

              It would be nice if up at the top you displayed the name 'Name: Calc1' or something.

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              • Enable System separator settings in Office 365 SharePoint

                In a Excel file while using a Danish Keyboard the "." to a ",". The system separator setting in Excel Windows application enables to correct this issue by allowing the user to override the separator setting .

                In SharePoint Office 365 while using the Excel to collaborate there is no System separator setting .

                Is it possible in future that Microsoft look into provide this functionality in the future.

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                • 2 votes
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                  • presentation mode for PowerPoint

                    I can't count the number of times I see Excel being shared in PowerPoint and it is always painful. It would be nice to have a better view for online sharing

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                    • email collaborators

                      From within Office, you can share a doc with someone new, but not email anyone who already has access (for example, if you want to notify them that you updated the doc). I want to be able to email collaborators without having to manually open an email message in Outlook, find the sharing link on SharePoint, and lookup the emails of everyone who has access to the doc.

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                      • Unwanted "Copy of " profix added to file names

                        When I am sent a file via email, and I save it to my computer, it always adds "Copy of " to every fine name. It is very annoying to have to delete this every time. Is there a way to turn this feature off? I have searched online but not found solutions that are usable for non-programmers.

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                        • autobiography template

                          I am thinking of giving an easy to read autobiography to the grandkids as so much of my personal information gets forgotten. I often think I wish I could remember what my Mum said about a certain time in her life and now shes gone those memories are gone with her.

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                          • Sending selected worksheet over an email without any other sheets

                            I work on excel file with multiple sheets whenever i want to send my working i need to copy it to new excel and send it. Can we have option of sending the selected worksheet over an email as new excel file with the name as your worksheet.

                            This will reduce lot of time and data for not saving in multiple files. Helps user to check in single file.

                            7 votes
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                            • Change "Update Links on Save" to not change SharePoint Online URLs

                              I have a document with a full URL to another SharePoint Online document. If you open that Excel document stored in SharePoint Online and edit with Excel desktop it by default changes the full https://tenant.sharepoint.com URL to a relative path "../_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?"

                              This results in the hyperlink no longer working when the Excel doc is viewed in Excel Online or after download and open for viewing in the desktop app.

                              The Update Links on Save feature should not alter SharePoint Online URLs.

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                              • PDF share

                                When I an in excel and go file, share, email as a pdf I only want to share the current tab not the whole spreadsheet. The print dialog box should come up so I can choose what I want to share.

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                                • Embedding offline excel in websites

                                  Have a html code generator that allows the embedding of offline excel.

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                                  • email insight template

                                    Hello. I have a suggestion concerning an Excel template "Email insights". It would be great to make it possible to use it to monitor the email activity on shared generic mailboxes to be able to track the workload and speed of an entire team. So far I have only seen a possibility to monitor one mailbox. Therefore, an option to sign out from one account and sign in into another should be introduced, as well a possibility to work with shared mailboxes to monitor the working process of an entire team, not just one person.
                                    Thank you.

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                                    • Compile excel files similar to powerpoint show

                                      I would like the ability to 'compile' workbooks into a more secure file format similar to how you can save a powerpoint show. Something like *.xlcx or *.xlcm for compiled files.

                                      User still need excel to open such files, but when they open it, there is a 'landing sheet/form', the ribbon bar is hidden completely, right-click menus disabled by default, and the users cannot maintain formulas or access the Visual Basic editor. For added security the VBA code in the worksheets and modules can be encrypted or for enhanced performance it can be compiled into lower level code?

                                      Basically the…

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                                      • Publish to Office 365 Group (Groups you are part of)

                                        Easy way to publish documents from Word/Excel/powerpoint (Office 2016) into Office 365 groups.

                                        Currently not available needs asap!

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                                        • Share

                                          Please add "Present Online" as an option for sharing a document. This feature is available for Word, see
                                          https://blogs.office.com/2012/09/11/present-a-word-document-online/

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