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  1. Add Comment Pane similar to MS Word in Excel. It's exceptional hard to see comments in Excel this would really help.

    Add Comment Pane similar to MS Word in Excel. It's exceptional hard to see comments in Excel this would really help.

    6 votes
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  2. more intelligent autosave default

    Hi there, the new auto save function causing more problems than it is resolving because it is on by default regardless of the nature of the workbooks. I recommend that the user is rather prompted to enable autosave on workbooks with macros or with file sizes > 1Mb instead of enabling it by default.

    15 votes
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  3. Enable coauthoring to work with files stored on Dropbox and other cloud storage providers.

    Co-authoring works well on Excel desktop in conjunction with OneDrive based files. There is however currently no solution for businesses using Dropbox or other cloud providers.

    Can we enable co-authoring with these too? Particularly Dropbox.

    6 votes
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  4. Add UNC Path Option in When Sharing

    When you are editing a file on a shared drive, you should allow the user to "attach" a UNC link to the file in the same way you provide Sharepoint/OneDrive links.

    As extra credit, you should check to make sure that the recipients have access to the file (at the very least, you should warn if sending to external email addresses).

    2 votes
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  5. Excel Collaboration and Sharing

    Issue:
    There are many times where my co-workers and I are required to work in the same spreadsheet simultaneously. The excel web application allows us to do this but does not contain the full functionality of excel that is required to do our work. Although Excel already has as shared spreadsheet option, each time a user wants to see updates, they have to save and hope the other person saved their updates as well.

    Solution:
    It would be great to use excel and collaborate in real time just as the web app does but within the excel platform on our…

    10 votes
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  6. Autosave in Office 2016 (NOT Office 365) to enable Co-authoring

    Autosave feature doesn't seem to be enabled in the DESKTOP version of Office 2016 when bought as a one-off licence (instead of buying Office via 365 subscription). This means we can't use Co-authoring.

    I have Office 2016 Home and Business installation Version 1709 Build 8528.2139 Click-to-run. 3 licences on 3 PCs in my office.

    I have Office 365 Business essentials subscription giving us Exchange email, Onedrive, Skype etc on my 3 PCs.

    I have previously used the "share workbook" feature to for multiple users to have an Excel spreadsheet open and modify simultaneously.

    Microsoft are deprecating this function and suggest…

    5 votes
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  7. Co-author

    In collaboration/co-authoring situations, allow worksheet_change events that add additional data to a worksheet to be uploaded/updated to all users without the need to refresh the workbook.
    Also allow userforms that add data to work in the same way.

    4 votes
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  8. There is no way to "pin" a Javascript Task Pane Add-In on a specific Excel Document

    There is no proper way to "pin" a javascript Task Pane Add-In (from the Office Store or from an organizatioal source) to a specific Excel File. This should easily be possible by saving an Excel File with an open javascript Task Pane Add-In. If this file is opened by another user, the taskpane add-In should be added (if not yet done) and opened automatically. If the Excel file is saved without the open javascript add-In, then it is not pinned to the Excel File. This should work in all plattforms: Excel 2013, Excel 2016 Excel for Mac and Excel Online.

    6 votes
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  9. 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.

    3 votes
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  10. 2 votes
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  11. 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.

    6 votes
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  12. SharePoint List Sync

    Bring back the SharePoint List sync feature enabling 2-way synchronization between an Excel table and a SharePoint Online List.

    12 votes
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  13. Adding comment (tool tip) in chart (to various elements of the chart, data points, etc.)

    To be able to add comments to a specific data labels in a chart (can be bar chart, line chart)

    48 votes
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    Thanks for the feedback. This is an interesting idea that we’ll consider for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature idea.

    Thanks,
    Scott [MSFT]

  14. Option to Export all sheets to individual CSV files

    On the File > Export screen, a single button to "Export all sheets as CSV files" would be awesome. It can use the sheet name to name the files.

    6 votes
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  15. Allow Excel files to be easily compiled into a secure .exe file format to prevent copying.

    Excel may be powerful, but its security is WEAK and can be HACKED easily. There are an increasing number of competitors who offer the ability to "compile" Excel files into a .exe file. It would be better if Microsoft offered this ability themselves.

    7 votes
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  16. File Format which contains only value, no formula. e.g. "xlsf"

    My idea is to create an own excel filefomat, which contain all spreadsheets and diagram etc. but only with cell values, not with formulas. Before saving, Excel will fill all cells with the actuall values. It's like selecting all sheets, copy, and paste only values.

    If you send this file to other people, it doesn't matter if you use one, vba based, formula or formula which are excisting only in an add-in you use. It's like creating a pdf-file, but you've the full excel-support in your file and the files would be much smaller.

    I work as an managing accountant…

    2 votes
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  17. Ability to comment within formulas

    Allow us to add commentary to formulas. While it is best practice to break up large formulas over multiple cells, sometimes it has been necessary that I must create large (or just simply complex) formulas. The ability to add commentary would help tremendously for my users or future administrators who are tasked with updating or understanding my financial models.

    50 votes
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  18. Add Google Drive Service

    It would be greater if I MS Office add Google Drive for user to open documents form that service as well.

    13 votes
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  19. Comments - stop resizing and moving comments

    When hiding and un-hiding rows, or moving rows, or having freeze panes on, the comments on cells for no reason stretch or move far down one's sheet. It would be really nice if the size of the comment stays as is and it doesn't move all over.

    110 votes
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  20. Improve onedrive so that changes to a shared workbook update to everyone a lot faster and more reliably.

    Improve onedrive so that changes to a shared workbook update to everyone a lot faster and more reliably.

    3 votes
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