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  1. Make a simple safer version of VLOOKUP and INDEX MATCH

    The majority of Excel users use VLOOKUP to get exact matches from a row or column, It would be good if they all used INDEX MATCH but it's more complex so how about this simpler version for the masses.

    =GETMATCH(ReferenceToMatch, MatchColumn/Row, GetColumn/Row, Optional Value if no match)

    If seen a few other references to updating VLOOKUPS and there are lots of opportunities, but it would be good to address the simple most widely used issue first.

    433 votes
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      87 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Give us a proper NULL() worksheet function.

      This would make calculations and charts treat a cell containing a formula as a blank cell, not as a cell with a text string ("") or as a zero.

      375 votes
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        30 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Great suggestion – thanks again for taking the time to put it on this site and for the thoughtful followup comments. This is pretty related to some other work we’ve got going and already has a fair number of votes, so we’ll work on getting plans in place now and hope to get started on this soon.

        Thanks,
        John [MS XL]

      • Built-in RegEx / Regular Expressions Functions to Search, Extract, and Replace

        I've constantly found myself installing and re-installing add-ins that add RegEx Functions to Excel. Everyone I introduce them too finds them extremely useful. There's over half a million results in google for the query ["excel" ("regular expression" OR "regex")].

        210 votes
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          18 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • VLOOKUP function for multiple criteria

          There should be a *VLOOKUPS function (or you name it) alongside VLOOKUP to find data based on multiple criteria. I know there are workarounds like INDEX and MATCH but they are unnecessarily complicated considering COUNTIFS and SUMIFS functions do a neat job at counting and adding multiple criteria. And please make it so it works with unsorted data.

          208 votes
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            10 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for the feedback! We’re seeing a number of different posts about lookup functions – we’ll be taking a close look at this area and thinking it through. We’ll prioritize the asks according to votes along with other requests on the site. So I encourage people to keep voting if it’s something they really want to see the priority raised on.

            Best,
            John [MS XL]

          • 188 votes
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              209 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • NULL Worksheet Function

              This request is to add a new function, =NULL(), which returns "blank" or null, forcing the cell to act as if it truly is empty; not a cell with an empty text string "" or 0.

              92 votes
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                25 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Two new =if's

                Just like =IFERROR(), could we also get =IFBLANK() and =IFZERO(). I would use these on a regular basis, and it would cut in half the size of large formulas where I just want something specific to happen where the result is either blank or zero

                82 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for the suggestion figboot. As always, we’ll prioritize this according to the number of votes it gets, so please be sure to vote it up if you want to see it done sooner.

                  Thanks
                  John [MS XL]

                • Auto resizing of formula bar

                  Give us an easily accessible option to have the formula bar resize automatically if a formula spans across multiple rows in the formula bar so the whole formula will be visible.

                  80 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for the suggestion. I think I’ve seen some related requests, I’ll look at merging them to make sure the votes properly reflect the ask. We’ll prioritize this into the execution pipe appropriately based on the number of votes.

                    Cheers,
                    John [MS XL]

                  • Create a function that returns the list of sheet name(s) in the workbook = SHEETNAME(), =SHEETNAMES()

                    1. provide a function that returns the current sheet name

                    2. provide a function that does the listing of the sheets in the workbook. This is presently being done using macro. there are certain companies which do not permit the running of macros within the excel workbook.

                    80 votes
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                      16 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a CountDistinct (unique, etc.) function

                      Add it as a standalone function

                      63 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Extend VLOOKUP() and HLOOKUP()

                        Extend the lookup functions so they can lookup left/up as well as right/down. That will save us having to build and maintain unintuitive formulae combining INDEX() and MATCH().

                        50 votes
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                          16 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for taking the time to post a suggestion Malcolm! We’ll be taking a look at lookup functions. There’s a number of votes on the site for them – I’m not going to merge all of them though because different posts are asking for slightly different things. Please keep voting for the ones you want to see most!

                          Cheers,
                          John [MS XL]

                        • Adding the possibility of use formulas in English in all languaje versions of excel

                          Using English name of functions in all languaje versions of excel

                          43 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add an IFCOND() function

                            similar to IFERROR, add a function that only evaluates second argument if first argument not met, like

                            =IFCOND([Formula],">5",5)

                            instead of

                            =IF([Formula]>5,5,[Formula])

                            This would make a lot of formulas much shorter and also improve execution time, as it would only have to evaluate [Function] once instead of twice if the condition is not met.

                            42 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Universal IF statement - to meet needs of IFNULL, IFBLANK, IFZERO etc.

                              Are you tired of duplicating complicated formulas within an IF statement in order manage blanks or zeros?

                              e.g. IF(long formula="","",long formula)

                              A universal IF statement (lets call it IFX) would decrease this type of duplication without having to add multiple new IF formulas the likes of IFNULL, IFBLANK or IFZERO.

                              An IFX function would accept the condition you want to test the formula against, if the condition is true it would return the specified alternative (such as blank). If the condition is false it would return the value of the formula itself. Ideally it would be able to accept multiple…

                              38 votes
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                                11 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Adding a native interpolation function in Excel

                                Interpolation (even a simple linear interpolation) would be a great native function for Excel to have. Something like INTERPOLATE(KnownXRange,KnownYRange, NewX) would be fantastic for anyone who ever has to do this

                                The current workaround looks something like this:

                                =FORECAST(NewX,OFFSET(KnownY,MATCH(NewX,KnownX,1)-1,0,2), OFFSET(KnownX,MATCH(NewX,KnownX,1)-1,0,2))

                                30 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for the suggestion, and thanks for showing how you’re using the FORECAST as a workaround. We’ll consider this request along with all the other ideas here and prioritize it according to the votes – so please keep voting if you want to see the priority raised!

                                  Best,
                                  John [MS XL]

                                • Formatting codes need to be translated inside formulas

                                  The formatting codes are different in every language, so for example, for the day is "d" in English, "g" (from "giorno") in Italian, "T" (from "Tag") in German).

                                  Working in a multi-language environment where different users have different language settings on their PC gives the problem that when you write a formula that contains the formatting codes, the formatting codes are not translated and the formula doesn't provide the intended result.

                                  For example, if I, with language settings in Italian, want to write a formula to display the current date as text in English, I have to use the following:…

                                  28 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Integrate error handling/value on error for functions such as VLOOKUP

                                    While functions like IFERROR and ISERROR exist, it complicates things to have to wrap each function in an error checker.

                                    E.g.
                                    =IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C2,A1:B6,2,FALSE),"not found")
                                    could become:
                                    =VLOOKUP(C2,A1:B6,2,FALSE,"not found")

                                    25 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      We’re always looking for ways to make formulas smaller and easier – thanks for the suggestion! We’ll prioritize this according to the number of votes, so keep voting if you want to see this get done sooner!

                                      Thanks,
                                      John [MS XL]

                                    • Define user-defined functions from the Name Manager

                                      Sometimes, a user-defined function is not so complicated that it requires VBA and thus requires us to ditch the XLSX format. We should be able to define our own functions in the Name Manager.

                                      For example:

                                      EXACTMATCHRANGE(a,b,c,d) = INDEX(d,MATCH(a,c,0)):INDEX(d,MATCH(b,c,0))

                                      NEWVLOOKUP(a,b,c,d) = OFFSET(INDEX(b,MATCH(a,b,d)),0,c)

                                      YESTERDAY() = TODAY()-1

                                      XNOR(a,b,c,...) = NOT(XOR(a,b,c,...))

                                      FIRSTMONDAY(y,m) = DATE(y,m,7)-WEEKDAY(DATE(y,m,7),3)

                                      SHEETNAME(ref) = =MID(CELL("filename",ref),FIND("]",CELL("filename",ref))+1,255)

                                      LASTWORD(s) = RIGHT(s,LEN(s)-FIND(" ",s))

                                      REFADDRESS(a,b,c,d) = ADDRESS(ROW(a),COLUMN(a),b,c,d)

                                      SHORTCIRCUITAND(a,b,c,...) = IF(a,IF(b,IF(c,...)))

                                      RMS(a,b,c,...) = SQRT(SUMSQ(a,b,c,...))

                                      RANDBETWEENFLOAT(a,b) = RANDBETWEEN(a,b-1)+RAND()

                                      You get the idea.

                                      22 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Give us a proper ITERATION or INSTANCE function for duplicates

                                        In many cases we need to find the Nth number of a duplicate. There are funky workarounds with complicated formulas, and currently no simple way to do this. I would like to propose a function to return the Nth instance of a value found in a specified range. It would return a range, like the INDEX function does now, which would make it extremely powerful and simplify many existing formulas.

                                        I don't care about the name, so the best I could think of was ITERATION or INSTANCE, but I'm sure someone could find other clever names as well.

                                        I imagine…

                                        22 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • have exception cells so that when you edit a formula and double click to autofill it skips over the exceptions

                                          Have the ability to mark a cell as an "Exception". If you edit a formula in a cell and double click to auto-fill the cells below it, it will skip over the exceptions and leave them as their given value

                                          19 votes
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