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  1. True Dark Mode

    Actually make the dark mode for Excel change the working document's background colour black/dark without needing to format.

    260 votes

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  2. Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10 (resubmitted Aug 2020)

    Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10. Currently Excel will scroll when it is an inactive window, but it will not allow other windows to scroll when it is the active window. This makes transcribing data from a source that needs to be scrolled difficult.

    This idea was apparently fixed in 2018 (link below) but perhaps something broke it, as it is present at this time, evidenced also by the long comment thread in the "completed" item.

    Please fix this again.

    Link to item marked as "completed":
    https://excel.uservoice.com/forums/304921-excel-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/16030891-make-excel-obey-the-scroll-inactive-windows-sett

    59 votes

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    11 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. "Worksheet Sorter" for Excel

    A useful tool in PowerPoint is the "Slide Sorter" which allows you to quickly view, navigate and rearrange many slides. I think adding a "Worksheet Sorter" in Excel's "View" tab would be just as useful, and would make navigating 20+ worksheets much, much easier. If you agree with me please vote!

    101 votes

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    10 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Sheet View - behavior of Default

    There is a behavior documented here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sheet-views-in-excel-0eea3dc5-d7d1-44c5-a953-25ebfbd6c1a6
    and it works like designed: "When you use Sheet View in desktop Excel and save your document, any sorts and filters you have made will appear in the Default view for all users. Sheet Views are not affected."
    But: Why do you then call it "Default" ? It should be like "last applied view"
    It's really very confusing - as if someone opens this excel, anyone else in a "sheet view", modifies the used Filter-Range, it will be modified also in <Default>-View, as this shows the latest change of ANY Filter-adoption in sheet…

    4 votes

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  5. Give users option to display multiple workbooks in a single window like pages in a web browser

    In edge, chrome, firefox, etc a user can open 1, 2, 3, or 100 pages inside one browser window, then easily switch between them. Let's bring that same simplicity to excel!

    21 votes

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  6. Have the ability to change the input cell format in Excel

    Writing this for the second time: the feint green cell input colour and border thickness is far to difficult to see when moving around and sorting spreadsheets. Notice that all your MS Excel Training videos have a great, black coloured thick, very obvious input box - need to have the ability to change this in defaults or wherever...see attached

    2 votes

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  7. option to display sheets vertically or horizontally

    Please make it possible for the user to switch between showing the excel sheets horizontally across the bottom, and vertically. It's very frustrating navigating between sheets in a large workbook and would really help if the sheets could be displayed vertically instead of horizontally.

    2 votes

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  8. Allow Excel Worksheet tabs to be aligned diagonally or vertically.

    I am designing worksheets with multiple tabs for users pensioners unfamiliar with Excel at anything more than a basic level. Allowing worksheet tabs to be displayed vertically or diagonally would make the spreadsheet user friendly avoiding oversight of worksheets not visible on the ribbon.

    2 votes

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  9. Reinstate original freeze panes options

    Please reinstate all original freeze panes options:
    Freeze pane rows above selected row (toggle with "Unfreeze pane rows...")
    Freeze pane columns to the right of the selected column (toggle with "Unfreeze pane columns...")
    Unfreeze all panes

    4 votes

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  10. Shift Mouse Scroll (Horizontal Scroll)

    Please allow us users to navigate through the excel sheet left and right with Shift + Mouse Scroll.
    Thank you.

    18 votes

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  11. Goto Sheet option in Excel Workbooks

    When we are working with a workbook with large number of sheets, it is a challenge navigating between different sheets.

    It would be great if you can introduce a GoTo <sheet #> option which can assist in navigation better

    1 vote

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  12. Allow selection of columns to freeze those ones specifically.

    Using the freeze panes button, it says it is based off of current selection but it seems like it is based off of current view. should be based off of selection of rows and or columns

    1 vote

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  13. Allow selection of columns to freeze those ones specifically.

    Using the freeze panes button, it says it is based off of current selection but it seems like it is based off of current view. should be based off of selection of rows and or columns

    1 vote

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  14. Enable scrolling through Sheets

    For those who create numerous excel sheets below, it would be easier to access sheets, if navigating through scrolling was enabled. Or even a feature to alphabetically arrange sheets for easy navigation. Currently, the process of macro for the alphabetical arrangement of sheets is too technical.

    1 vote

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  15. Mouse scroll when choosing sheet

    When you have many sheets and need to choose one, mouse scroll doesn't work (on right-click). Will be very helpful to make this feature available.

    1 vote

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  16. Allow users to unhide more than just 1 sheet at a time

    Having to unhide sheets one by one is obnoxious, feels like this could be an easy feature to add

    2 votes

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  17. Excel zoom focus selection

    Dear MS, In Excel we have the potential to zoom in and out from sheets, similar to what we can do in PowerPoint. However where PowerPoint very well zooms in on active elements (if we mark a graphic, then this centers during the zooming acion), Excel is has a terrible feature that it does do some random behaviour in relation to zooming with selected cells, but Excel completely ignores selected graphics... Excel could be updated to always account to center the selected item during zooming. That would be much more easy in large sheets as now always scrollbars are needed.…

    1 vote

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  18. Reinstate original freeze panes options

    Please reinstate all original freeze panes options:
    Freeze pane rows above selected row (toggle with "Unfreeze pane rows...")
    Freeze pane columns to the right of the selected column (toggle with "Unfreeze pane columns...")
    Unfreeze all panes

    4 votes

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  19. Sheet View -- should apply to hide/unhide columns/rows, freeze panes, not just filter/sort

    While co-authoring, need the ability to see my view, while others have their own view. This feature MUST extend beyond filter/sort and apply to hide/unhide columns and rows, freeze panes.

    2 votes

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  20. Lotus 123 style cursor (active row/column position)

    For large workbooks, I have seen people literally hold a ruler on the screen to confirm values across the row.

    It would be nice to toggle a view setting that would enable the Cross hairs style navigation Lotus 123 had, where the left border of the active column and lower border of the active row for the selected cell is a darker color.
    I've seen add ins / macros online but this really feels like it is something missing from the native out of the box experience.

    1 vote

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