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  1. Allow Excel Macros to be written in PowerShell

    Allow Excel Macros to be written in PowerShell.
    It would also be amazing if it could be used as an alternative to field functions such as "=PRODUCT(A1:A10))"

    I believe that Microsoft Excel naively supporting PowerShell as a 21st century alternative to VBA would be the most beneficial change made to the software since release.

    Almost all Microsoft products are becoming PowerShell integrated, yet Office remains only supporting VBA.
    VBA is an archaic procedural language which despite its ambivalent love from the community, seems to have little to no place in the modern world.
    PowerShell can directly interact with COM objects…

    43 votes
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      7 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • return the ability in Excel 2016 to open multiple spreadsheets in the same Excel 2016 window!

      The discontinuation of being able to open multiple spreadsheets in the same Excel window was arbitrary and it is infuriating. I can't, for the life of me imagine the reason for the change. I have to use macros to do all of my reporting and I have to research VBA syntax help, now, in order to figure out how to get my macro to switch between spreadsheets since 'ActiveWindow.ActivateNext' no longer works.

      12 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Integrate VS Code into Excel, at the same level as the VBA IDE

        VS Code has an equivalent feature set to the VBA IDE (editor with Intellisense, syntax highlighting and validation; debugger with locals and watch panes, code navigation). Leveraging VS Code for editing and debugging macros embedded in Excel documents would bring the following benefits:

        1. Excel could support embedded scripts in various languages (https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/10549005-python-as-an-excel-scripting-language), as long as the language is supported in VS Code (Python, R, Javascript) without needing a new editor for each one (both a maintenance burden, and a profusion of UIs for the same task of editing and debugging code).

        2. The only VBA IDE features…

        21 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve Excel's ability to locate, edit and break links in spreadsheets.

          Often I create spreadsheets used by others within my company and by some of our business partners outside of our company. This may involve merging multiple spreadsheets into a single larger spreadsheet. Under these circumstances it is common to have the new merged spreadsheet pulling something from one or more of the previous stand alone spreadsheets. It works fine on my company laptop as I have access privileges to all of the previous stand alone spreadsheets. However when I give the merged spreadsheet to others within my company and/or our business partners they may experience linking problems. The more knowledgeable…

          3 votes
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          • Add a formula to show date modified similar to =TODAY()

            Have a formula that can show the most recent modification date to the document similar to how =TODAY() shows today's date, =DATEMODIFIED() can show what day the last change was made.

            2 votes
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            • 1 vote
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              • Error with dbconnection

                Unable to use Open database connection without error on Excel version build 8528.2126. Works fine on build 8326.2076

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                • Bug in links to Add-in

                  Can you fix the bug in Excel that has been around almost forever?

                  If I have a workbook that uses an Add-in in my personal addins folder, when someone else opens that on their machine, the link automatically looks for the Add-in in my personal folder on their machine, rather than in their addins folder.

                  If the workbook has iterations reliant on that link, then all the calculations fail, often with a long road to recover all the bad cells.

                  1 vote
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                  • My opinion is that you would be doing great to add Logistic Regression as a supported software tool in Excel, in the Data Analysis Tool Pak.

                    My opinion is that you would be doing great to add Logistic Regression as a supported software tool in Excel, in the Data Analysis Tool Pak. Currently Linear Regression is a tool in that Tool Pak so it would be easy to extend it a little for a different type of regression. And logistic regression allows for a wide variety of practical business applications, broader than Linear Regression. People love and use Excel so adding Logistic Regression would be greatly user friendly.

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                      • VBA Editor's UI is OLD-FASHIONED!

                        Please update VBA Editor's UI, and provide it with some modern elements.

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                        • Allow Excel to undo macro and add-in operations

                          Macros and add-ins nuke the undo stack. Either fix this or add an API to allow user code to fully recover it.

                          6 votes
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                          • Add ProgressBar control in VBA forms for Office 2016 64-bit

                            Is it possible to have a workbook that uses the ProgressBar control
                            from mscomctl in 32-bit Excel, but does not use it (and does not give
                            the user an error) in 64-bit Excel? Currently when I open the workbook in 64-bit Excel, I get an error that it can't find the library.

                            1 vote
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                            • UI for userforms- implement PowerPoint-type options to move controls with shift-arrow

                              Moving and aligning controls on userforms is highly manual, and is a pain. Often, the developer is stuck manually editing the left, top properties to ensure alignment. Small changes to position are not possible with mouse drag.

                              It would be great if we could nudge controls with shift-arrow while selected, or select multiple shapes and have the options of 'align left/top/right/etc.' and distribute evenly vertically/horizontally

                              There is also something weird about how controls are multi-selected with the mouse (overlapping controls selected even if they are not under the mouse) that might be addressed at the same time?

                              3 votes
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                              • update VBA

                                It would have a couple of stages.
                                Stage 1: Get Visual Studio features into the VBA development environment.
                                Stage 2: Fully integrate VBA into Visual Studio.
                                Stage 3: Continually improve VBA until it is a modern language.

                                Notes:
                                VBA is probably the most used programming language in the world.
                                It has so many established users that MS could really get big brownie points by continually improving the experience for users and developers. Why it has stagnated for so long I have never understood.

                                I have seen your response for the above posted previously and you are missing a major point.…

                                45 votes
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                                • Add a shortcut for incrementing variables (VBA)

                                  The option to use variable++ as an equivalent to variable = variable + 1 would be very handy, I think.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Keep the font color white on the Status bar while macro is running, so users can read the feedback displayed there.

                                    When running a macro, it helps to turn screen updating off to maximize speed. Also, users want to know what's happening, so a very good way to do that is to output a progress message on the status bar, such as the process completion percentage...

                                    New in Excel 2016, the status bar font turns dark grey on a dark green background when the macro is running, making the messages there unreadable. Why? Earlier versions of Excel did not have this design flaw. I understand that different windows themes can be tried to avoid this, but as a developer I can't…

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                                    • Make Mac Excel work better with VBA

                                      Make Mac Excel Great Again

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                                      • Inquire Add-In that will work with Excel 2016 Professional, not only Pro Plus.

                                        Provide a download for the Inquire Add-In that will work with Excel 2016 Professional, not Pro Plus.

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                                        • Date macro is recorded. This used to be automatic when recording a macro, now it's gone

                                          When recording a macro, the header of the macro used to automatically place the date. This was a really nice feature to know when the macro was recorded. Not foolproof but really nice. Now that feature is gone. Can you put that feature back please!

                                          2 votes
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