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  1. Turn OFF AutoSave feature permanently

    I'm frequently using saved files as templates. With the new AutoSave function my old files get overwritten as soon as I start editing the file. I have to save the new one immediately with another name otherwise I'll loose the old one. This is annoying.
    Pleas allow to deactivate AutoSave function in the Option settings.

    8 votes
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    • 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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      • Stop asking to save changes if nothing has changed

        You open and Excel file and look at it for a moment then click Close. Excel pops up a dialog "Want to save your changes?". I didn't change anything! Please stop asking to save changes when nothing has changed. It confuses the user.

        This is made worse if I've has that spreadsheet open for a long time and I don't remember if I changed it or not. Or worse, there may be other people working on the same file and if I say "Save", I overwrite their changes.

        I heard that this has to do with Excel saving the current…

        7 votes
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        • Open multiple files with the same file name

          Allow excel to open files with the same name but different location at the same time

          18 votes
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          • Remove the unused space in the File Open Recent dialog to allow long file names

            The File Open (Recent) dialog shows :

            - a vertical scroll bar and
            - an empty/unused space on the right hand

            The scroll bar has a fixed position.
            Therefore long file names are truncated.

            So far no-one can tall what this empty space is being used for.

            My suggestion is to
            either
            - allow users to move the vertical scroll bar more to the right
            or
            - better, to remove the empty space.

            3 votes
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            • 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.

              16 votes
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              • 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.

                26 votes
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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.

                  16 votes
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                  • Show all file types in the open file screen (text, csv, tsv)

                    Show all file types in the open file window.

                    Currently only xls xlsx are shown.

                    2 votes
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                    • Make file browsing consistent between local drives and OneDrive/SharePoint locations

                      When opening files in Excel (or other Office programs) the browsing behaviour between local drives and SharePoint/OneDrive locations is different.

                      When opening a file from a local drive the file browsing works like in File Explorer:
                      - single clicking a file results in a highlight/select the file
                      - typing characters allows you to position yourself in potentially long lists
                      - double-click opens the file

                      When browsing through the OneDrive or SharePoint locations the behaviour is different:
                      - single clicking results in immediately opening the file
                      - using the keyboard to position or search for filenames in the list is impossible

                      2 votes
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                      • 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,…

                        3 votes
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                        • GET YOUR ******* PRO TIP OUT OF MY FACE

                          GET YOUR ******* PRO TIP OUT OF MY FACE

                          2 votes
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                          • On Open and Save As pop-up boxes, enable scrolling through Quick Access menu

                            I am unable to scroll through the Quick Access list at the side of the pop-up prompt when opening or saving a file, without first clicking in the Quick Access menu. I found recently I could do this in Word, the feature just needs to migrate from Word to Excel and the rest of the Office suite.

                            1 vote
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                            • Work file Autosave option to desktop

                              Introduce work file auto save option to desktop preferred location

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                              • file open screen

                                Add file explorer quick access as one of the 'places' like one drive.

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                                • 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.

                                  11 votes
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                                  • Show Prompt for which Instance to Open file

                                    Most times I open really large files separately from others as I'm sure it would consume memory.

                                    But in a situation where I need to open a new document or a recent downloaded Excel - at times it opens in the same Instance of Excel where the large file is open instead of the one with other files.

                                    So would be nice to have a prompt when opening files - but empowered by an Add-in which on can turn on or off for those who might be bugged by this.

                                    1 vote
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                                    • while going for "Save As" keep an option to add new folder directly without the need to click on (additional Options) which takes extra time

                                      while going for "Save As" keep an option to add new folder directly without the need to click on (additional Options) which takes extra time

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                                      • Add extra protection when using password protection like using Microsoft Authenticator and/or face/iris/fingerprint instead

                                        In the modern world face/iris/fingerprints are used more to improve security. I also use Microsoft Authenticator when accessing my Microsoft Account etc.

                                        It would be useful to add additional steps when opening documents that are password protected with either removing the password and moving to the above options or including them as optional extra layers of protection.

                                        1 vote
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                                        • STOP turning the AutoSave back on when users turn it off!

                                          STOP turning the AutoSave back on! AutoSave falsely represents users as updating the file AND creates unnecessary versions. Users turn it off and after Microsoft updates are pushed into the environment - it comes back on. Bad idea!

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