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  1. I need to open documents that have numbers starting with zeros without Excel dropping the zeros

    open documents that have numbers starting with zeros without Excel dropping the zeros

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      1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Excel Misinterpreting CSV as SYLK file.

      When opening a CSV file in Excel where the first field is "ID", Excel gives a dialog saying the extension does not match the file type (Excel assuming the file type to be SYLK). I have had to make a change to my codebase to change "ID" to "_ID" specifically for users who utilize Excel. I would appreciate a fix ASAP.

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        10 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Increase the file path length to more than 218 characters

        Incresaing the character count in the file path matching with Excel online would be fitting. Or even more. It seems crazy that Excel can't open a valid file that the filesystem allows. People have been complaining about this since Office 2000. The thread below has over 11 thousand views and there are plenty others. Please fix this.

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        • Restore MDI

          Please bring Excel back to how it was prior to the 2016 version. Open only one instance of Excel for all spreadsheets. Have one Ribbon for all of them. Open all windows the same size of all others. Make split view work again. Enough of the 1,000 clicks we have to do more each day because of this SDI very bad idea.

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            4 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fix Path/Filename Length Restrictions (Office, OneDrive, SharePoint, etc.)

            Please fix length limitations on the path/filenames in Office, OneDrive, SharePoint etc!! This has been a problem for many years. Not only is the limitation too small --- but it is inconsistent across the MS Suite of products.

            In some places I can save a specific path and filename and others I cannot (e.g., SAVE AS functionality seems to have one limitation and file moves or copies have a different limitation).

            I recently starting using OneDrive to keep my files backed up as I work. The issue is that when I try to build some organization into my folder structure,…

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              1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • What version of Excel am I using?

              I use different versions of Excel when working at home, at the office or at client's workplaces.
              I would just like to know, quickly, what version of Excel I am working on. This used to be under the Help Menu in a pop-up dialogue box called "About", if my memory serves me. But I cannot find this in the latest version I have at home (part of Office 365), so I don't actually know which version I am using.

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              • [BUG] When saving excel document as PDF, comments on last page are no longer included. Used to work but broke in 16.0.11001.20108

                After updating to 16.0.11001.20108, The last page where the comments should be is now blank when saving the Excel document as a PDF. They are there in the print preview, just no longer in the PDF.

                Thought this would be fixed in 16.0.11029.20108 but no luck.

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                • Open Recent Document improvements

                  In Windows Office 2019 if I open a Document I often use icon "Open Recent Document" (on top of screen).
                  If I use this option:

                  - Can you delete the green left navigation bar (Info, New, Open etc)? They are NOT relevant when I choose "Open Recent Document".

                  - Can you show a list of "Recent Documents", *next to* a list of "Recent Folders"?

                  - In list of "Recent Folders" can you add a Search option (to find a document within this folder)? In addition: can you add settings on how to search within this folder: on keyword in title…

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                  • Add Save & Close icon for Quick Access Toolbar

                    Outlook has such a control for saving contacts etc. This turns two operations into just one.

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                    • Adding cell formula bar to top of preview pane (so you dont have to open different files each time)

                      when previewing say, multiple sheets, when you click on cell, there should be a formula bar to read full description without opening file.

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                      • Capability to sort pinned files in Excel 2016 alphabetically by filename instead of just by date and time.

                        Excel 2016 for Windows should have the capability to sort pinned files alphabetically by filename instead of just by date and time.

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                        • Start with the "Open" screen instead of the "Home" screen

                          The latest version of Excel for Windows (Version 1810) starts with the "Home" screen. To get to my pinned files, I have to click on the "Pinned" tab on that screen.
                          The previous version started with the "Open" screen - which shows the "Pinned" files at the top of the list.
                          I would like an option to go back to the previous version's behavior.

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                          • add another icon on the top right to close and save or close and dont save. I dont want to see another save as dialog box.

                            in all office documents there is a group of icons on the top right hand side of each document. Minimise, Maximise and Close. Can you please add or change the Close to be Close and Don't Save or Add an icon Maybe a STAR that saves and closes.

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                            • Switching the office version: Please keep the file history of the old version

                              I switched from Office 2016 to Office 2019 and lost the complete history of recently opened files. It would be great if the file history would further be available after switching to a new Office Version. Many thanks in advance!

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                              • Switching the office version: Please keep the file history of the old version

                                I switched from Office 2016 to Office 2019 and lost the complete history of recently opened files. It would be great if the file history would further be available after switching to a new Office Version. Many thanks in advance!

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                                • One Drive Template location

                                  when creating a template Excel uses "Documents\Custom Office Templates" as the location to save the template. Excel also only looks in this location to find personal templates. Excel should have a default One Drive location for templates.

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                                  • EXCEL FILE NAMES SHOULD HAVE PRINT SIZE COLOR OPTIONS TO HELP CANTEGORIZE AND LOOK FOR THE NEW FILE WHICH WILL BE REPLACING AN OLD FILE.

                                    By being able to change print font, print size and print color of file names they could be more easily organized. I save documents which are sent as delivery tickets and could color them some color to be waiting on the file to be received as an invoice which will have the same or a similiar name(or maybe not) and will delete one after the other is received. If not received and I do not note it I will not take a deduction and will loose 15% on the deal rather than make anything.
                                    It would be a help.

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                                    • If Excel is reopened within 30 second of closing, ask if you want to resume where you last were... I occasionally hit the X by mistake.

                                      I sometimes hit the X in the top right corning by mistake and it closes the program instantly if the file is current. This is OK but there should be a timer within Excel that if I reopen the program within one minute of closing it, it give the option to resume where it was closed (with the same workbooks). Simple and powerful.

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                                      • Add to Excel and all Office Suite applications tabs for each active/open file.

                                        Add to Excel, and all Office Suite applications, tabs for each active/open file. Also, add two levels to close or minimize a document, one for the application and a second for the file, similar to the feature Explorer and most other applications appear to have, however missing from the Office suite applications.

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                                        • フリガナの読み替えが発生する文字修正の保存でファイルが破損する

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                                          下記の手順で添付の「元ファイル.xlsx」を編集するとファイルが破損します。

                                          手順1.用法・用量の「1日    回  食前・後」から「前・」を削除
                                          手順2.「1日    回  食後」から「食後」を削除
                                          →保存して開き直すと破損している

                                          発生する環境は下記の環境で確認できました
                                          ・Win7、Office2013
                                          ・Win10、Office2016

                                          おそらくフリガナが原因で発生しており、
                                          元ファイルではフリガナが「ヒ カイ ショク アト」となっており、
                                          破損したファイルを確認すると「ヒ カイショクゴ」となっています。
                                          「前・」を削除するとフリガナが自動で「ヒ カイ ショクゴ」に変換され、
                                          「食後」を削除するとフリガナの位置が不正になっているようです。

                                          この現象は設定などで回避できる現象でしょうか。
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                                          補足
                                          ・Backspaceキーで削除して保存:再現(破損)する
                                           →範囲指定(「前・」など)してからBackspaceキーで
                                            削除する手順では再現(破損)しませんでした。
                                            (1文字ずつBackspaceキーで削除すると再現(破損)する)

                                          ・Deleteキーで削除して保存:再現(破損)しない
                                           (手順1の状態でもフリガナは「ショクゴ」に
                                            なりませんでした→「ショクアト」)

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