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  1. Here’s an idea – RESPOND TO OUR COMMENTS! PROVIDE AN UPDATE!

    It has been nearly a year since an admin provided an update on the idea, “Restore MDI file handling (open all files in one window); Kill SDI (each spreadsheet opens in a seperate window)”

    Please provide an update. Are you still accepting votes and considering restoration of MDI? Or, should we start looking for alternative products and pirate software to return to a more effective Excel version?

    Again, here are the issues:

    1. Stability
    * I experience ~3X Excel crashes in 2016 (SDI) as compared to 2010 (MDI)
    * Microsoft claims Excel is more stable, but my experience is the…

    108 votes
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  2. Multiple sheet Unhide option..

    Unhiding multiple sheets is a painful task, you have to go one by one. There should be an option to unhide multiple sheets at once.

    Please bring in this feature.

    Thanks.

    74 votes
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  3. Single Page Zoom

    When in Page Layout mode, have the option to zoom out on one page. Word has a "One Page" option in the zoom settings. Excel is default to "Multiple Pages" when zooming out and scrolling. Would be nice to see how the document will appear printed out.

    See attached for what is available in Word.

    28 votes
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  4. Highlite Active row for easier navigation on sheet....

    I work with lots of lines and its tireing to try and track which row im on,
    Please try and Highlight the active row.

    12 votes
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  5. KEEP UNFOCUSED WORKBOOK ACTIVE CELLS HIGHLIGHTED

    OPTION TO KEEP ACTIVE CELLS HIGHLIGHTED WHEN UNFOCUSED AND IN ANOTHER APPLICATION

    7 votes
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  6. Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

    Bring back multiple sheets in one excel instance. 2016 is brutal without it.

    16 votes
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  7. Option to RE-FREEZE PANEs at Current Cell Location

    I'd like to be able to RE-FREEZE PANES at the current cell location instead of having to UNFREEZE PANES and then having to FREEZE PANES again.

    7 votes
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  8. Scroll by pixel, not by cell.

    If you have large cells, scrolling becomes impossible. The page always snaps to the top of a cell. Even if my cells are small enough for me to read them fully, scrolling through them leaves me disoriented and I keep loosing track where I am on the sheet. I see no reason not to scroll by pixel instead of by cell.

    19 votes
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  9. Add Reference R1C1 in the list of commands for the QAT

    Sometimes it's interesting to display number as column header instead of the letter.
    The only way to do that now is to change the options Formula to R1C1
    I would like to toogle the reference of my workbook by adding an option in the Quick Access Toolbar. But this option doesn't exist yet.

    So please vote for this idea is you want to toogle quickly the reference A1 to R1C1

    8 votes
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  10. Cross positional orientation in Excel.

    Please create a pointer position (the cross position in the entire row and column) for orientation in Excel. - see picture
    Position history with the ability to go back to the previous position in table. Inserting the sum from the status bar into the clipboard.

    3 votes
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  11. Add Context Menu for the "Notes" Feature that Replaced the former "Comments"

    Since you decided to call former Comments "Notes", starting in Dec 2018, the least you could do is provide the same easy access to creating and editing the new Notes. The former Comments could be Inserted into a Cell, or Edited within the cell by Right-Clicking (the Context Menu). Now, to insert a simple "Note", you have to navigate to the REVIEW TAB, click the dropdown arrow under Notes, then choose the desired action - very cumbersome if you put lots of notes in a document and have to edit these notes later. In the meantime, I have put the…

    4 votes
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  12. freeze panel

    Freeze panel location on cells at each horizontal side edges of large data set, scrolling in between. Picture attached

    3 votes
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  13. Sheets could have tags that we can use to provide a more explicit name and which would appear as a tooltip

    Sheets could have tags that we can use to provide a more explicit name and which would appear as a tooltip

    2 votes
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  14. Allow multiple files to open with one Excel instance.

    In order to increase productivity, and to improve visual efficiency, please allow multiple files to open in one window (instance) of Excel. The ribbons and menus take up too much display space.

    22 votes
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  15. Show selected cells eben when working in another screen.

    The cell selection should NOT disappear when the user switches to another window. Nowadays more and mor people in an efficient environment are working with more than one application at the same time.

    2 votes
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  16. Excel 3D

    it is better each Workbook devided to more sections(like one Note), and each section devided to more WorkSheets. I made an Image in attachment for better understand this idea.

    2 votes
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  17. text box bullet points

    The text box feature is useful for posting instructions to users of a Workbook. I would like to see it able to use bullet point formatting. Currently, it seems like the paragraph wrap-around does not work properly after editing.

    5 votes
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  18. iNSERTING WORD AND PDF DOCUMENTS INTO EXCEL

    On the next update, can you find an improved way to import Word and PDF files as a tab in Excel? I am importing them as "Import - Object" in the Text group. When you do this, they come out as this blurry image that isn't that readable. Maybe I don't know the best way to import these kind of documents into Excel, but: given that Word is one of your products I would think there would be a better way to view this file in Excel. That is the great aspect of using all products from one company.

    Thanks…

    2 votes
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  19. Option to change background colour - white is too bright!

    Have an option to change the background colour to something less bright to help those of us with light sensitivity issues or dyslexia - white is too bright!

    3 votes
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  20. Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.

    Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
    In English:
    Option to show list of sheets sorted by name. Today it's only sorted by index.
    When we right click on the navigation arrows (bottom left corner of Excel), Excel shows us a list of the worksheets sorted by index/position in the workbook.

    Suggestion: add a checkbox or a combobox to that dialog box, with a couple more options, like the attached image:
    Index Asc
    Index Desc
    A to Z
    Z to A

    This is not to move the sheets around, this is to…

    75 votes
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