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  1. Lock conditionnal formating ranges

    If people copy/paste cells with conditionnal formating, the start range for apply formating change.
    You must look for the cells without formating, or re-create the formating range.

    3 votes

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  2. Add 'duplicate' or 'repeat' to right-click menu

    To insert a copy of selected rows or columns requires: select - copy (ctrl-c) - right click - insert copied cells.

    How about: select - right click - insert selection above

    5 votes

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  3. Find and replace text

    When i am find the text after replace, font styles are affected(changed) in the cell contents.
    Please any idea?
    Thanks.

    4 votes

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  4. Increase/decrease decimal should work regardless of the active cell

    If you have a mix of text and numbers selected, then increase/decrease decimal (in the Home tab) will not work if the active cell is text, but it will work and be applied to all numbers if the active cell is a number.

    This issue comes up when you have a column of all numbers except for the title at the top. Then when you select the whole column and try to increase/decrease decimal, it will fail until you activate a numerical cell.

    2 votes

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  5. Clear Formats does not clear formatting on characters

    It appears that Clear Formats only works on whole-cell formatting. Formatting on specific characters within the text of a cell is unaffected by Clear Formats, which is probably not what anyone wants.

    My suggestion is to either add another clear option where character formatting is not preserved or change Clear Formats to truly clear all formatting. Which one gets implemented depends on how important the preservation is.

    2 votes

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  6. Change automatic border color

    Black borders are ugly and take attention away from the data in tables. I would like to be able to switch the default border color to gray, but I can’t do that either at the workbook or the sheet level. This means that I have to manually change the border color or paste formatting every time I add borders.

    I’ve tried setting preferences in the Workbook and Worksheet templates in the XLStart folder, but the border preference does not stick.

    This is not to be confused with the default gridline color, which can be set in the Advanced Excel option.

    2 votes

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  7. Formatting comments all at once

    Set the default format for ALL comments instead of going through Windows-->Tools. That doesn't work!!

    I have an old Excel spreadsheet and need to reformat all the Comments at once. That's only possible with a Macro, which for inexperienced users is a royal pain!! Why can't we just set the Comments without three layers of stupid menus and one at a time??!! Who's brain child was that??!!

    3 votes

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  8. pivot table formatting

    Using "grouping" of numerical data - there are no controls available for formatting the numerical ranges on the left side of the PT. I want to be able to add thousands separation (at a minimum). I would like to be able to change 0 -9999 to 0.0..k - 9.9..k, etc. Data should be pleasantly readable. Maybe some Displayed units similar to Axis formatting on charts.

    2 votes

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  9. Dot/coma problem on numeric keyboard if switch English to another language

    I use few languages in excel. (Mac office 2016/ MAC)
    All languages regional settings on mac are same: decimal=[.]
    But it works OK only for US language. When i switch to another language in excel and type numbers my numeric keyboard type [,] instead of [.]

    2 votes

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  10. Currency format scroll menu (or any scroll menus): a better way to find the one you need

    Searching for currencies in the format menu is a pain, probably because of the sheer amount of options.

    For example, try finding "R$ Portuguese (Brazil)" on that menu. It's really small, so I can only look a small number of entries at a given time. I mean, I generally remember vaguely the name of the format. For instance, with Brazilian Reais I know that there's an R and a $ at the beginning, and also that Brazil and Portuguese appear somewhere in the name. However, if I type R the menu goes to "ROL", and if I type $ it…

    6 votes

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  11. Microsoft keyboard shortcuts for in-cell alignment.

    Other Microsoft products allow keyboard shortcuts to align text. Please add these to Excel: Ctrl-E to center a cell's contents, Ctrl-R for right alignment, Ctrl-L for left alignment.

    4 votes

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  12. Do we need 15 decimal places?

    Who needs 15 decimal places? The IEEE round off error were users get, say, 12.3 × E-15 when they expect zero just confuses then and undermines their confidence in Excel and in themselves.

    I cannot see any one in the finance world needing 15 decimal places.

    Few, if any, engineers/scientist work with that sort of precision. Look up physical constants and you will find they are generally known to only 9 significant figures: Planck constant h = 6.626 070 040(81) × 10−34, were (81) is the std dev in the last two decimal places. Albeit some work with atomic masses…

    2 votes

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  13. Preserve text colour when using Find/Replace

    Currently using Find/Replace on a cell containing more than one text colour results in all the text becoming the same colour. This is not a desirable default.

    3 votes

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  14. Vertical text in the footer/header as in Word

    Make it possible to add vertical text on the page margin in the footer/header. For example, to have the path and file name standing along the edge of the paper while printing.

    2 votes

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  15. Add Conditional Formatting for enumerated values

    When a Column or Row contains enumerated string values like ("Large", "Small", "Medium"), or ("Bob", "John", "Anna") it would be useful to automatically assign a color based on the cell contents.
    Currently, this requires to add one rule for every possible value of the type 'equals to "..."'.
    It suggest to add a Conditional Formatting rule that assigns a unique color per unique value (based on some color set)

    2 votes

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  16. Fix issue with not being able to set NumberFormat for DataLabels in Treemap chart

    Fix issue with not being able to set NumberFormat for DataLabels in Treemap chart. Cannot set number format for series in Treemap charts but can for all other chart types.

    0 votes

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  17. Output file creation

    User should input data through excel cell and output should be provided with fixed length as per prescribed by user.Condition is that even if there less entry in the cell by user but output should be provide fixed length as prescribed

    example
    input cell - Name (10 characters)
    output cell in fixed length (15 characters)

    excel shall automatically fill 5 character and provide output in 15 character fixed length TEXT file(*.txt)

    0 votes

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  18. Reduce / Eliminate Fragmentation of Conditional Formatting.

    If I copy a cell that has Conditional Formatting and what to copy the CF to the destination then Excel records this as a new Instance of the Rule. If the cell has multiple Conditional Formats and is copied to many non-contiguous cells then very soon there is a mess in the Conditional Format windows.
    If I then want to edit a rule I have multiple instances that I need to edit.

    Suggestion - List the ranges of all cells associated with the rule in eth one place. this would Solve Both Problems

    0 votes

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