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  1. Options for AutoSave

    The AutoSave function is a great idea!!
    Just not in practice...
    In my business we re-use the same invoices made in excel for the same jobs, however save them as a new file each time in order to keep a record of the previous invoice.
    The new AutoSave feature is extremely dangerous in this regard.
    If I, or someone else, does not remember to turn off AutoSave, or save as a new file BEFORE making new changes, we LOSE our previous invoice.

    Have options for AutoSave, the most important one being, DEFAULT OFF rather than default on.

    37 votes
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      9 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Trust Center Trusted Locations needs to integrate with OneDrive/Live AutoSave redirection

      The new OneDrive/Live AutoSave functionality opens a file at a cryptic live.com address, even if the user opens the file from C:\users\myuser\onedrive\somefile.xlsm. Adding C:\users\myuser\onedrive\ as a Trusted Location does no good and the file is still untrusted because it was actually opened from this cryptic live.com address.

      The people who designed AutoSave for OneDrive/Live clearly never talked to the people who designed Trusted Locations.

      5 votes
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      • Opening multiple spreadsheets in one incident of Excel 2016

        Earlier this week I have upgarded to Office 2016, and because of this change within Excel, I regret it very much.
        There was a difference in copying data from spreadsheet within one incident and between two incidents. Which was very useful.
        Now everyb spreadsheet is opened in another incident, and i am not sure how to copy easy formulas as data in the target spreadsheet, with also the make-up of the cells copied.
        What was the idea behind changing this?
        Can we fix it, that we have the old situation back very soon?

        9 votes
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        • Bring back easy "Open file" window

          Please, please, please bring back the the easy "Open File" window from the old versions of Excel and Word. I would love to have the browser window open immediately instead if this ridiculous jumping through hoops to get to the browser window.

          2 votes
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          • Pin frequently used folders in excel

            In previous versions of Office, you could pin frequently used folders in excel. 2016 it cannot be done. Can you bring it back?

            4 votes
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            • When opening a CSV (not importing), use the same smart seperator detection as during import.

              When opening a CSV file that has a different seperator than your Windows settings, the splitting of columns can be carried out incorrectly. This can be circumvented by first opening Excel and then importing Data From Text/CSV, but it would be easier if this would be done when opening the CSV from the file explorer.

              2 votes
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              • please give the option to remove autosave from excel

                there should be a way to turn auto save off permanently. it saving over files if I forget to manually turn it off. this is becoming a problem and a feature that I don't particular need or want. please set up the feature so you can remove it permanently not just turn it off on individual work sheets. thanks

                11 votes
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                • turn off autosave

                  Allow users to turn off mandatory autosave for all Office files at once. It causes accidental data loss

                  9 votes
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                  • Allow Dropbox As a storage Space for files as an alternative to OneDrive

                    Allow Dropbox As a storage Space for files as an alternative to OneDrive

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                    • Please reinstitute Autosave for local files

                      Back in Excel '97 and other previous versions, you could Autosave local files. Now on the subscription model, the feature is apparently restricted to cloud-based files. I save my stuff locally. Sometimes I don't have access to the internet or have issues with power. I'm also a big fan of keeping my source data secure and if I'm the only one working on a file, I see no reason to keep anything but a periodic backup on a different (locally-networked) computer. Autosave was a feature in editions of Excel that existed before the cloud, I'd like to see it return.…

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                      • Disable option for new auto-save feature in Office 365 version 1707.

                        Please add a kill switch in the menu options for the new 'auto-save' feature. I absolutely hate the fact that this is enabled on all files stored on the cloud by default; it causes the timestamp on archived OneDrive and SharePoint workbooks to change to today's date immediately upon opening, which makes it look like something was changed after the fact. This has a huge impact on organizational reporting and I'm surprised that no one else is raising **** about it yet. This is causing me an awful lot of trouble, to the point where I am trying to figure…

                        15 votes
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                        • PLEASE Allow the pinned items to sort alphabetically!

                          PLEASE Allow the pinned items to sort alphabetically! I do not understand the logic of last opened date on pinned files because files that are pinned are not sorting that way either. Not having the ability to know where the pinned item ends up is not efficient since I can look for last opened files below. PLEASE revert to the 2013 method or make this a selectable option in settings.

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                          • Have all Excel 2016 documents open full screen, not lower on the screen

                            When I have an excel 2016 document open, and then open another Excel document, the 2nd document sits about 1 inch lower on the screen and I can't see the tabs. I have to manually move the document up the screen.

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                            • Excel file remembers its window size and location

                              I have certain Excel files that:
                              1) I use frequently
                              2) I like to have open in a specific size window in a specific place on the Windows desktop.
                              A lot of other files the size and place isn't so important; I like them to be most, but not all, of the screen.

                              I wish that Excel files had an optional property to set the window size and location so whenever I open a file with the property set, Excel opens the window right where I want it.
                              Also, when an Excel file has the optional size and location set,…

                              2 votes
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                              • Corporate password (to open) for better security

                                Since there a stories almost every day of spreadsheets with personal information being sent or stolen, we need easy security. This idea enhances the current password to open functionality within Excel.
                                When IT packages Excel, give them an option to include a corporate password. This password would be encrypted within each install across the company's user base.

                                -When a user saves a file without a password, the save will be completed with the corporate password automatically.
                                -When a user opens a file, the corporate password is injected automatically without the user having to do anything.
                                -When a user saves a…

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                                • Renaming directly on File Title

                                  When we try to rename the current working file, we have to use "Save As" or Close file and change name in the file list. How about change name from the File Title directly?

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                                  • Remote password

                                    How about a feature which secured access to the excel sheet by looking up a saved password from a secure location? This allows the creator to change the password regularly to prevent someone making a copy of the workbook for their own or a competitor’s purpose.

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                                    • Declined vs locked suggestions

                                      The entire point of this site is to collect user feedback. I absolutely support your ability to review suggestions, and in some cases, decline them (at least for the foreseeable future).

                                      However, your site is set up in a way that declined suggestions are also locked and do not allow future votes. I'd like to suggest that you leave the voting open on ideas, even if they are declined. Otherwise you are effectively saying that you want feedback on customer needs, but only if it pleases you.

                                      You might find that a declined idea continues to gain so many votes,…

                                      4 votes
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                                      • YOU HAVE RUINED EXCEL 2016

                                        WHY CAN I NOT OPEN MORE THAN ONE SPREADSHEET INSIDE EXCEL< WHY WOULD I WANT MULTIPLE WINDOWS THIS IS A JOKE

                                        COMPLETELY UNPRODUCTIVE

                                        48 votes
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                                        • Template Wont Save

                                          I am having an issue where I can save Excel sheets as workbooks, but not as templates. It acts like it will work but then when I go to create a new one, it isnt listed under the templates. I contacted customer support and even all of their suggestions did not work.

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