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  1. 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…

    452 votes
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    • Retain text formatting after changing formula references inside shapes/textboxes

      This has been a bug (in my mind) forever. For some reason, if you have an Excel shape nicely formatted and you go to link it to a cell to make the text dynamic, all the text formatting gets reset. This is really extremely annoying if you are creating a visually stimulating dashboard and want to duplicate a bunch of perfectly formatted shapes. Proceeding to link the shapes to various cells so that they display your data completely resets the formatting.

      I created a VBA workaround to make it seem like the text format is retained, but this functionality should…

      16 votes
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      • stop automatically removing leading zeros from cells. they should stay be default as they are NEEDED for the sheet.

        stop automatically removing leading zeros from cells. they should stay be default as they are NEEDED for the sheet.

        22 votes
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        • Make Conditional Formatting Rules Editor window sizable.

          Make Conditional Formatting Rules Editor window sizable.

          8 votes
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          • Add Center Across Selection to the Merge & Center Drop-down

            Do you hate Merged Cells? Do you believe Merged Cells are evil? Do you curse every time your selection rectangle goes from one column to five columns just because you touched a merged cell? Do you constantly get workbooks from co-workers who continue to merge cells? Tired of not being able to Sort or Paste because someone merged a cell?

            Excel encourages people to use Merge & Center by offering it front-and-center on the Home tab. Thus, few people discover the (superior) Center Across Selection option on the Alignment tab of the Format Cells dialog.

            Currently, the Merge & Center…

            447 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…

              8 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.

                44 votes
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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

                  26 votes
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                  • Enable Center Across Selection to be added to the Quick Access Toolbar

                    Everyone knows merged cells are evil and should only be used as a last resort.
                    Center Across Selection is far superior, but you can't add it to the Quick Access Toolbar.
                    Please add Center Across Selection to the list of actions that can be added to the Quick Access Toolbar.

                    10 votes
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                    • Dates w/o year

                      I have a long list of employees with their birthdays. I don't care how old they are (i.e. the year of DOB). I only want to know when to get them a card.

                      I cannot simply enter MONTH and DAY to sort. If I put in their year, in it sorts by age. If I text format, I get all the April dates...then the August dates...

                      My workaround is to list every DOB with the year as 2016. It's annoying, but that's the only way I can sort Jan to Dec.

                      5 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Date formating

                        Don't have it change the ******* date format to anything other than what I have typed into the block.

                        5 votes
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                        • Stop formatting all numbers as dates, as users have been requesting since the 1990s

                          Automatic date formatting is not useful except for data entry, and it makes use of Excel for anything but the simplest processes a royal pain. Users have been requesting a way to switch this off for DECADES, but all they get in response is some unpaid "MVP" telling them how to use apostrophes.

                          3 votes
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                          • to be able to have an area that you can store a fill-in color and a font color in the same box

                            have an area devoted to have a fill color and a font color in the same box so when you need to use that combination of fill and font all you would have to do is pick that box and it does both at the same time. We use this a lot and this would be very helpful and speed the process up rather than pick the font and then pick the color then pick the fill and then pick the color. These should be user defined and allow users to set this up. maybe a spot for 5-8 such…

                            2 votes
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                            • two capital letters followed by lowercase

                              Please allow me to type in two capital letters followed by a lower case letter. Even when choosing Text or using ' it will not allow it. It constantly changes the second upper case letter to lower case. I do a lot of sheets with colleges. Some instances are UVa or UGa. It always changes the V and G. Please give me a way to enter text as I want it presented. Thank you

                              3 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

                                9 votes
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                                • Add week (w, ww) to date format

                                  Allow use w or ww in date format, aplying ISO 8601:

                                  Example:

                                  28/Dec/2003, "aaaa/ww" results 2003/52
                                  29/Dec/2003, "aaaa/ww" results 2004/01

                                  Thanks

                                  2 votes
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                                  • 2 votes
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                                    • Fix it

                                      Why would you change the comment / notes function on existing sheets without a pop up or something to ask if I want it changed. Let alone why you would reverse the name of the functions. Why isn't there a simple process to change it back. Support cant even help after an hour and direct me here but OF COURSE the instructions above File Feedback Stupid Frown doesn't exist on my version. I just want my old notes back. Seems like such a simple request but nothing with MS ever is.

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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.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Please allow a cell to be split in half horizontally - so that one cell could have 2 seperate spaces in one cell.

                                          I need to make panel schedules for breaker boxes and it would be helpful to be able to split one cell horizontally so that I could put a and b in the same cell without having to make the row wider..
                                          I've attached a sample to help explain

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