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  1. Bring back Edit Comments (Legacy) to the Right-Click Menu

    The new Threaded Comments that appeared in Build 1809 are awesome for 99% of the people. But for the Commenting Gurus - anyone who has ever taken the time to build help systems by resizing, re-coloring, re-shaping and using Show All Comments, we are going to see our comments get destroyed by well-meaning co-workers.

    Yes, all of the legacy icons are available for adding back to the Ribbon, but we the comment gurus can not trust our co-workers and managers to take the time to add these.

    My request: If Excel detects any comment in the workbook that is a…

    116 votes
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    • Number format thousand separator and no decimals

      Every time (many days a year) I train people in Excel, someone ask why there is no button or shortcut to obtain a number format with "thousand separator and no decimals". At least - in northern Europe - this is the most common used number format. If "button-solution" not possible for Microsoft in order to have common buttons world-wide, at least a shortcut for this has been much appreciated. (Note that the current button for thousand separator and two decimals could not be used, though the alignment in that format are not disired/good and two decimals used).
      Today I teach…

      395 votes
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      • Merge cells optically, but not functionally.

        Merging cells has the drawback, that it cuts the functionality of the excel file.
        So why not implementing a functionality, that merges cells ONLY OPTICALLY, so that the cells still keep their value and thus the full functionality, but that excel recognizes, when cells in rows that are directly located under the each other, contain the same values and thus just merges the cells optically, but does not merge the values, so that the user sees the merged cells on his monitor, and is able to print the table with merged cells, but still can e.g. sort the rows in…

        4 votes
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        • New format cell date option: YYYY-MM-DD - facilitates chronological sorting

          New format cell date option: YYYY-MM-DD - facilitates chronological sorting

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          • Add number format for thousandth (K$) or millions (M$)

            Could you please add the number format K for thousandth and M for millions (like 5.8 K instead of 5812)
            It would be very helpful.
            Thanks

            19 votes
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            • Shortcut for paste as values

              90% of the time I want to past as values, so as to keep the formatting consistent in the location I am pasting. Rather than having to right click then select "paste as values" it would be good to have a shortcut to be able to do this instead.

              40 votes
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              • Bring back Terminal font, plus a font with greater character differentiation

                Terminal font had two main strengths:
                1) It differentiated between zeros and capital "o" 's, between capital "i" and lower case "L", and other similar characters. This is essential when viewing passwords and other data. We need it back.
                2) It was monospace

                An improved version of Terminal font would include differentiating between numbers, letters and special characters by color. Within a single cell, we could easily identify the numbers, letters and special characters by their color. Would be useful in certain situations, such as passwords and other uses in which exact data is crucial.

                4 votes
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                • Have pre-defined formats also for computer storage capacity (KB, etc.)

                  Hi,
                  I often have to deal with computer storage capacity, MB, GB, TB and so on.
                  It's pretty annoying to convert a number in those units every time.
                  So I think it would be a nice idea to add also those units among the pre-defined formats, both in the 1024 base (e.g. kilobyte) and in the 1000 base (e.g. kilobit)

                  2 votes
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                  • Conditional format

                    Request: conditional formatting for data exceed lower and upper limit, in the scale
                    ex. define range 10-20: value of 25 and 35 appear different in scale of color

                    2 votes
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                    • Power query text wrapping

                      Allow text wrapping in power query for:

                      1. Cells
                      2. Column headers

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                      • New formatting type - Corner Flags

                        In addition to cell shading and cell lines I'd like to see a corner flag formatting option. The look would mirror the indicator for a comment present in a cell. It would allow the user to choose which corner and what color the flag is. This would significantly expand the number of different indicators that could be used for a cell and be very helpful for conditional formatting.

                        To do so would likely require a change to the comment indicator so maybe that could be changed to the same indicator as the Table indicator but in the upper left corner…

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                        • Add Conditional Formatting where multiple cells would need to meet criteria to highlight entire row

                          Add ability to apply Conditional Formatting where multiple cells would need to meet criteria multiple criteria to highlight entire row. For example if cell b1 is x, AND cell d is >x, AND cell j is =< x, highlight entire row.

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                          • Bring back an option to edit charts with popup dialog box

                            When you press cntrl+1 in excel 2010 it brings up a dialog box that you can use to edit chart formatting using the keyboard. Microsoft should bring that back, maybe as an option. In general, it feels like excel 2010 was faster to use if you know what you were doing. I cannot edit charts with the keyboard but I like to minimize mouse usage.

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                            • Bring back an option to edit charts with popup dialog box

                              When you press cntrl+1 in excel 2010 it brings up a dialog box that you can use to edit chart formatting using the keyboard. Microsoft should bring that back, maybe as an option. In general, it feels like excel 2010 was faster to use if you know what you were doing. I cannot edit charts with the keyboard but I like to minimize mouse usage.

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                              • copy text formatting from excel to other applications - and adding a spell checker for excel cells

                                Currently, when we copy a cell with formatted text in excel and paste it to another application (for example wordpad) the text is pasted as plain text without formatting. So I have to paste it into Microsoft word first then copy from it again to keep the text formatting on pasting to other programmes.

                                I hope this is addressed in future excel updates (including allowing copying formatter text and adding spell checker into excel cells to allow text correction before copying it into another program without a Microsoft word intermediary.

                                This will enhance excel use as a database program and…

                                2 votes
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                                • "Center on page" added to ribbon (Page Layout)

                                  Please add the "Center on Page" as an option in the Page Layout tab in the ribbon. Then a drop-down could be for Horizontal or Vertical.

                                  I use the Page Layout in the ribbon a lot and have specific custom margins and then would like to be able to center the page (horizontally and/or vertically), but that requires about 3 extra clicks.

                                  Adding this to the ribbon would save mouse moves and clicks to open the page layout options, click on margins, then click on how I want it centered.

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                                  • Conditional formatting rule manager and rule editing - ideas for improvement

                                    I have an excel file with a lot of conditional formatting. When I sort it for easier editing of similar lines or rows, I have to redo conditional formatting or declutter it.

                                    It will make it easier if we could:

                                    1- Link groups of rules applied to a similar range so that they could be edited once instead of editing each rule separately.

                                    2- Expand a rule or group of related rules automatically when adding new lines or rows of values.

                                    3- Anchor rules to certain cells so that they move with them on sorting the table rather than being…

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                                    • Simpler text formatting please!

                                      Lots of non-finance people use Excel for text-based documents that nevertheless need number formulas as well (in this case a risk register). The clunkiness of text formatting in a cell makes me cry and takes years off my life every time. At least could you make the key commands compatible with Word? alt/return for line break in Excel, shift/return for linebreak in Word i.e.....

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                                      • In Data Validation - only typed in entries are detected/considered NOT copy pasted entries

                                        on Data Validation - it can only detect say, duplicates on typed-in or keyed-in entries but not copy pasted entries. Could Data Validation also have a control on these entries (copy pasted)..

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                                        • wouldn't it be nice if we can add a message box for a criteria in CONDITIONAL FORMATTING..

                                          on Data Validation we can have a prompt or message box - why not in Conditional Formatting? ALSO, it would also be nice if we can somewhat control how the message box would look like - say, default button or location...

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