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  1. 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…

    98 votes
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    • Add another fill option.

      There could be two paint bucket icons so you could choose 2 different fill colors. That way when you are color coding data, you can easily use 2 colors instead of having to drop down and select a new color each time.

      10 votes
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      • Excel 2016 should recognize dates after 2029 in XX format

        Hi,

        Excel 2016 has a problem. It does not recognizes dates post 2029 in the XX format. You HAVE TO type the full year as for example: 2031. If I just type 31; it thinks 1931. I went into the Windows Date settings to change this formatting options but this is not reflected into Excel 2016.
        Please note that when I use Excel 2010 I do not face this problem.
        This is a real pain ********** as all my previous work on Excel 2010 was based on XX format.
        Thanks Microsoft. I hope I did not buy a new Windows…

        7 votes
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        • text as date

          I'm sure this is here somewhere but I can't find it. When I input something like 3/88, Excel automatically converts this to a date, in this case Mar-88. Please add a feature where I can turn off automatic conversions like this.

          6 votes
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          • Please fix an issue with Excel formatting in the Click to Run edition (Excel 2016)

            We have a good number of users with a frustrating formatting issue. This occurs with the Click to Run version of Excel 2016 with documents saved in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online or OneDrive.

            If the user formats a cell with different text formats (color, font, italic, etc.) and then later changes the formatting of a part of a cell to something different, the formatting "breaks" when the open the document again from SharePoint. Some portions of the cell are formatting correctly, while other revert to a default format and others just lose one part of the formatting (say the text…

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            • Individualize sheet format when starting a new Excel sheet

              Currently, the standard format for new sheets is set to no specific formating, which means that when entering numbers in a new sheet, there is no format to the numbering, and this can look as ugly as 10000000 for 10m
              Instead, I suggest to individualize the standard format when opening a new sheet. I would prefer $10,000,000 (US) or $ 10.000.000 (rest of the world).
              Also, aligning the text/numbers to the bottom of the cells as a standard is the worst option of all 3 options (top/middle/bottom).
              So let the user do the defintion of what should be "standard" and…

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              • there should be a color picker for fill color and font color

                there should be a color picker when i select fill color / font color. then i should be able to select a color from anywhere inside excel app.

                4 votes
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                • Make it easy to change between decimal points and decimal commas

                  Make it easy to change between decimal points and decimal commas, please. Non-English speaking researchers and international students write papers also in their mother tongue and in very many countries decimals are separated with a comma. Excel does understand decimal commas, but it is extremely difficult to change a decimal comma to a decimal point, when the same data is used for writing papers in several languages. Please sort this out, for example add the option close to the keys dealing with the number of decimals.

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                  • Option to hide Freeze Pane lines

                    The ability to hide Freeze Pane lines would improve appearance of workbooks that contain slicers and other objects the freeze lines run over

                    2 votes
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                    • Tab arrangements

                      Would like the option to arrange worksheets vertically too (maybe up to 3 rows of tabs). Makes it easier when files have many worksheets.

                      Also, in older versions there were arrows that would let you scroll through worksheets and another set of arrows that would go to the beginning or end. The latter set of arrows is gone in the new version. I do not like that feature having been removed.

                      Thanks

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                      • Multiple Page Layouts in same worksheet

                        Within the same worksheet (not to be confused with workbook) i want to have page 1 print with landscape and at a specific scaling, page 2 print portrait and at a different scaling, etc.

                        i have seen suggestions to just make more worksheets. This would work, but doesnt flow with how my calculation works. The information is ONE worksheet because it makes sense to have it together, flipping back and forth between worksheets to work on this calculation is a waste of time. The solution i want is to print the calculation easily once its complete.

                        thanks

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                        • Single Ribbon for multiple workbooks open at same time

                          I often have multiple workbooks open on the same screen. On 2010 and before, this was no problem as I had macros with keyboard shortcuts to have the books assume the top or bottom half. In later versions, Excel addressed this with multiple windows. The idea is great but could be executed better. The main problem is multiple ribbons showing for multiple workbooks. If I'm working on a single monitor and want details on the top and bottom half, about 1/3 of the space is taken up by the ribbon. Of course, I can collapse the ribbon but it takes…

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                          • Restore the Table Layout Tab

                            Excel has had a Table Layout options for years. These gave many really useful and powerful options.

                            The Table Formatting tab has disappeared from Excel (while remaining in Word). This has created huge workflow problems, as Excel is now unable to do many very simple and common manipulations. The workarounds waste an enormous amount of time.

                            Additionally, Microsoft's help and answer archives refer to the Table Layout tab. This means Microsoft is pointing people searching for solutions towards functions that do not exist.

                            Please restore this feature.

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                            • Excel format problem.

                              My colleague save an excel file in share drive where there are some columns having smaller font size (eg. font 9) for all cells.

                              When the other user open and save the files, the formats of these columns will be changed that it becomes 2 formats for each cells.

                              The first character looks to remain unchanged using the smaller font size, while the other characters are changed to larger font size.

                              So, when I applied font 9 again for all cells, and save again on that machine, the problem appear again..

                              But when I changed the font to 12, problem…

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                              • Set a more complete default.

                                Unless I am missing something, I am limited to what I can set as a default from one workbook to the next. Most of my work involves similar formatting. I would like to be able to set the default to include not only font and margin, but also cell size and positioning ... but why stop there. I should really be able to set any desired feature as a default for all subsequent workbooks (if I so chose) and personalize from there.

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                                • version 1708

                                  layout option in the version 1708, highlighting the table turns it into complete black. Please fix, more info in this link

                                  https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_excel-mso_win10/excel-page-layouthighlight-problems-version-1708/caa60c65-afc6-46dd-8317-8885a10fafa9

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                                  • Increase the Data Validation List Items Font Size

                                    The font size of the list items within a Data Validation list is often too small to read. If you can't add a feature to allow the user to choose the font size of the list, then perhaps you could do one of the following:

                                    1) Set the font type (Arial, Calibri, etc.) and size equal to the size of the Normal font

                                    2) Set the font type and size equal to the font size of the Cell

                                    See the related post in the Excel answers forum:
                                    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_excel-mso_winother/data-velidation-drop-list/fa0aa7f7-64fc-4856-ae76-e299480827db

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                                    • Include format (for numbers) of latitude and longitude coordinates

                                      Please Include format (for numbers) of latitude and longitude coordinates. I currently have to work with text format so that it does not change the points in commas and the format (geo) is lost.

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                                      • Facilitate Excel Download Files

                                        Frequent problems in working with Excel files downloaded;

                                        1) Unable to parse text w/o saving as a text or CSV then importing in new Excel file.

                                        2) Unable to Open stuck in Protected view wo saving as text or CSV and importing.

                                        An example of this behavior is when you attempt to parse a string. You enter a function in an adjacent column. The function reverts to text ie =right(A2,3) once you hit enter the function fails to execute and is the same as entered. The only workaround is opening a new file and importing the data.

                                        Protected view also…

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                                        • Allow conditional formatting to apply a named cell style

                                          Conditional formatting rules must have their formatting manually configured for each rule. It would be helpful to be able to apply a named style to cells that match the condition.

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