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  1. Allow brackets in filename or path

    When a person's display name contains a bracket character (such as a departmental suffix) this bracket is included in the folder name of a OneDrive shared folder. When a recipient of that OneDrive shared folder attempts to modify an Excel spreadsheet and save it back to the shared folder, they will see an error that the file could not be saved due to invalid characters in the filename or path. If Excel could support the bracket character in the filename or path this would no longer be an issue. (An alternative solution would be to allow admins an option to…

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    • Make 'PERSONAL' macro files easily syncable between multiple computers

      It would be good if it was easy to have you 'PERSONAL' macro file syncable between two devices. I currently have a work around but it requires two separate other programs to work which is a pain plus if either of them are not running for whatever reason it doesn't work and I can get two files both with new additions making it hard to workout what's what.

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      • data merge

        Mail merge is a great feature, but for many applications, its not ideal. For example, I'll create a term sheet in Excel. Once the term sheet is approved, we'll type up the terms in our contract in word. I have used mail merge for this function, but its frustrating as i only need one output, and the formatting is cumbersome.
        I'd like the ability the bring in data from excel or another form into word (and to a pdf) that is optimized for DATA, and to format the token shee so that its optimized for data, not a mailing, ie,…

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        • Multiple users access

          Is there any way for multiple users to edit and make changes in same spreadsheet in real time through cloud?

          2 votes
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          • Check boxes

            Have the ability to add Check Boxes like in OneNote - be able to simply add a check box into a cell and be able to check it off

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            • Links Between Excel and Word when File Locations are changed

              In Word 2003 I was able to link to 2003 Excel cell data, and have it update, including when i copied the 2 files (word and excel) to a new directory, and in Word,the source file would change to the location of the new excel file. In Word 2016 that option is not available and this is very crucial to our business. Each of our hundreds of projects has their own file folder and excel file with project specific data. The multiple word documents each of our projects uses links to that one excel file. now with the new 2016…

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              • Please help the syncing work better, it works great when it does but it keeps coming out of sync.

                The syncing between two people is horrendous, it doesn't upload sometimes an I lose all my data. I'm trying to keep these spreadsheets up to date and have only two people working on it at the same time, but it constantly goes out of sync. Wifi is working fine. Please make this work better.

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                  • Add spread sheet comparison to business premium 2016

                    Add spread sheet comparison to business premium 2016

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                    • Merge two workbooks into a single file

                      merge 2,3 different excel files into one

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                      • Create an icon that you can click and drag into an email to add the file as an attachment.

                        Create an icon that you can click and drag into an email to add the file as an attachment.

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                        • entire document needing translation, very disapointing this is not a feature

                          entire document translation has been requested many times, still can't believe this is not already a feature

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                          • Only change a file when a change has been made

                            If I have a file stored on a dropbox area, as soon as a file is opened, dropbox notifies others that a file has changed when it is only viewed. This is can get very annoying. Especially as excel can't compare documents. Not everyone uses onedrive (or wants to use onedrive for documents) !

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                            • Provide a solid an easy to use interface, to store sheet data in MySQL or Postgress etc.

                              I now build Multi-User-EXCEL-Systems for more then 10 years, using MS-SQL-Server to store the date. But in These days, user are often not in the Office, but at home ore elsewhere. For this reason, I'd like to have an Interface, wich can easyli create read and update SQL Records on WebDatabases like Postgress MySQL and others.
                              Please visit this https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/die-beziehungen-von-erp-und-excel-dieter-reimann/ to get Closer to the idea.

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                              • email a sheet from a spreadsheet with multiple sheets

                                Would like the ability to email or share one sheet from a spreadsheet and not the all sheets created for that particular work.

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                                  • drop full book in

                                    drop full book into new book and show second row of tabs (a book within a book) so you can cross link information in one package

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                                    • Sharing or permitting viewing of a particular sheet as opoosed to the whole file

                                      When sending links or adding viewers to the excel file there should/could be a function where the viewer is only able to see what the owner wants them to see for example a sheet as opposed to the whole file and all the sheets

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                                      • Share individual worksheet

                                        It would be useful if it was possible to share individual worksheets in an Excel workbook. I would like to be able to create a workbook with multiple sheets and share just one of those sheets with others Office 365 users.

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                                        • Filtering Needs to Work in Co-Authoring

                                          Say that several people are editing the same workbook. If Tom filters to show only his records, then the other people will only see Tom's records. We need to be able to have each person apply a different filter and see only their records.
                                          Note that it is fine to require that the workbook can not have SUBTOTAL or AGGREGATE functions in order for independent filtering to work. If you allow these functions, then everyone will have different calculation results which would be problematic.
                                          It is more important to us to be able to have each person apply a local…

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                                            Hello Everyone. We agree with you! The experience you’ve captured here is at the top of our list to address with a future coauthoring feature. I can’t share a timeline for when this will be delivered but wanted to let you know that we do recognize the impact not having this ability has on your coauthoring experience. Stay tuned for more.
                                            Scott (Microsoft Excel PM)

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