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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…

    126 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…

      425 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…

        13 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…

          424 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.

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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…

              7 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

                23 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

                  2 votes
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                  • Date formating

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

                    3 votes
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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.

                      3 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.

                        2 votes
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                        • Merge & Center Cells with Similar Value in Conditional Formatting and NOT in VBA

                          Sometimes I want to combine any repetitive numbers greater than zero in a row under one label namedm for instance, "Phase 1", "Passed", etc. just like the url below.

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyg006E_meg

                          The url shows a guy merging & Centering repetitive numbers into one merged cell using VBA. VBA does not update automatically like formulas and conditional formatting which does not serve my purpose in financial modeling.

                          please make this happen

                          2 votes
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                          • Give users direct control of tab-size & font-size of worksheet-tabs in Excel in Windows 10 - NOT as part of other Windows functions

                            Give users direct control of tab-size & font-size of worksheet-tabs in Excel in Windows 10 - NOT as part of other Windows functions. This ability was present as part of the "Display - Advanced - Scrollbar" (or whatever) settings of older versions of Windows It should have been and should be now an integrated option within Excel - if users control worksheet fonts and cell sizes, it makes no sense to not control worksheet name fonts and tab sizes.

                            2 votes
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                            • improve custom number formatting navigation

                              1) allow removal of unused customer number formats from the list of custom number formats (removes clutter created when trying out different custom number formats)
                              2) make the list a MRU (most recently used) list, so you don't have to scroll all the way to the bottom each time you want to reuse a recently created format

                              3 votes
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                              • Allow font color lock that overrides cell's default font color

                                Currently I work in very large databases of excel +20,000 rows and +30 columns. My excel workbook is issued in revisions. Whenever I change a cell from an old revision of the document I change the cell font color from Black to Red. There should be a way to lock a font color without having to press the font color button on every cell that I enter new data. This is similar to the word feature where once I select the red font button all text is typed in red anywhere in the document until I select a different color.

                                2 votes
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                                • In the Format Cells "Number" tab, add an option for Boolean.

                                  In the Format Cells "Number" tab, add an option for Boolean. The formatted cell could then simply be clicked to switch between values.

                                  There could be options for the way the value is displayed (similar to date values and the many ways they can be displayed). For example, the value could be displayed as "Yes/No", "1/0", "True/False", checked/unchecked Checkboxes, "On/Off", or custom values.

                                  This would be very helpful when adding a column to a table where you need to choose a Yes-or-No option for each row. For example, "Add Tax?" or "Include in Summary"? I personally would love to have…

                                  2 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.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Ability to set the default zoom level for all worksheets.

                                      Ability to set the default zoom level for all worksheets. It should remember my preference on Zoom level. Similar to what you did in outlook as below

                                      Documentation is available here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/zoom-and-stick-56c090bc-e148-44a7-bd06-1290edd38983?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

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                                      • It is suggested that the page number function and the total page number function be added

                                        It is suggested that the page number function(page) and the total page number(pages) function be added

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                                        • Format ditto

                                          Allow a custom number format that shows blank or possibly a user-defined string like '' (very retro) if the cell has the same value as the one above. I know this can be achieved using conditional formatting but it's a real pain to do

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