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  1. Make Conditional Formatting Rules Editor window sizable.

    Make Conditional Formatting Rules Editor window sizable.

    40 votes
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  2. 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…

    498 votes
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  3. Excel hex color codes for formatting

    Please allow to enter Hex color codes when choosing colors for cell fills, borders, fonts, charts, etc...
    RGB and HSV are triple the work!

    30 votes
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  4. 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.

    40 votes
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  5. Need the ability to format multiple colours of text in one cell for excel online

    Currently in Excel Online, when I format the colour of text in a single cell it changes the colour of all text in that cell. I would like the ability to change the colour of highlighted text only so I can have multiple colours of text in one cell.

    After looking on multiple forums, I can see this has been an issue for many users for a number of years.

    9 votes
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  6. Setting row height from 0.21" (default) to 0.5" on Page Layout does not give the proper Excel Output

    Custom Margin Settings for 2 Excel files were both set this way:

    Top: 0.5
    Bottom: 0.5
    Left: 0.7
    Right: 0.7
    Header: 0
    Footer: 0
    *no other settings modified

    First Excel File

    View > Workbook Views > Page Layout
    Highlighted first 20 Rows > Home > Cells Section > Format > Row Height > Set Row Height from 0.21" to 0.50"
    Which results in row 21 showing up on the first page,

    Second Excel File

    View > Workbook Views > Page Layout
    Highlighted first 20 Rows > Home > Cells Section > Format > Row Height > Set Row Height from…

    11 votes
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  7. 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…

    20 votes
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  8. Please fix conditional formatting!!

    I create Conditional Formatting on whole columns. I should be able to insert, delete, blank within my range without Conditional Formatting breaking up into formatted sections which eventually causes some rows not to format correctly. I am constantly correcting the Conditional Formatting which is very time-consuming! It is such a handy tool but very frustrating tool to work with.

    9 votes
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  9. Named conditional formatting rules

    Named conditional formatting rules - If you could name your rules they would be easier to identify. Also, it would be nice if you could right click a cell and have a choice to add it to a named conditional formatting rule. Excel would need to be intelligent enough to be able to add the cell or group of cells to the rule correctly.

    7 votes
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  10. When using "Index()" function, return the formatting of the matched cell along with the value

    When you use the "Index" function it returns a value but it would be very useful to be able to return the format of the cell that is matched too.

    So, for example: If I look up a risk in a table (see attached file) then I get the value as "High", "Medium", "Low" and then based on that I have to create a conditional format whereas if the cell that I am referring to already has a format then I could just use it.

    A bonus would be changing the colours would only have to be done in one…

    3 votes
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  11. Make "Conditional Formatting Rules Manager" box resizable

    As a programmer myself, I know that this is such a simple idea that could be fixed in seconds with no impact on anything else. There's many many suggestions already mentioning it in with other things going back years, but nothing has ever been done about it... maybe the developers don't even bother reading these suggestions any more?

    4 votes
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  12. 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.

    9 votes
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  13. Date-Time Format

    Would like a simple method to format cells to display both Date & Time.
    Currently a date format and time format, but no date-time format, such as yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.
    I waste so much time with custom formats since I more often that not am interested in date and time.

    4 votes
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  14. 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…

    479 votes
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  15. Make it possible to insert pictures behind cells.

    Make it possible to insert pictures behind cells.
    Currntly its only possible if you set a background. But this implicates to have the background behind the complete sheet.
    Many Users want to have the feature to paste a picture in a sheet, format the size a.s.o. and have the ability to set it to the background.

    Currently if you set such a picture to the background its just related to other pictures but not behind cells. It would be great to have the ability to set it behind cells so that content within the cells is shown above the picture.

    4 votes
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  16. Gridlines make them visible in a block of filled color cells

    Gridlines, when you fill color a block of cells the gridlines are no longer visible to see each cell when working in the sheet. Would be nice to turn this on and off.

    3 votes
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  17. Offer an option to allow for different locale formatting in a single workbook

    My Windows regional settings are FR-CA, so Excel, very smartly, formats numbers and dates accordingly. But, at times, I have to prepare and print reports with numbers and dates formatted according to US settings.
    That gets done on a cell by cell basis, by choosing the format I need among the many choices offered by Excel. And it works, but it's very tedious.
    I wish it were possible to associate specific regional settings with a sheet within a workbook, so that numbers copied from one sheet to another got formatted (and dated) according to the (different) settings set for that…

    4 votes
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  18. 3 votes
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  19. date picker

    we can use date picker control to select the dates

    3 votes
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  20. Show recently used fonts in the Fonts Dropdown

    Applying a font from the dropdown list of fonts would be much easier if the most recently used fonts are shown at the top.

    2 votes
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